Category Religion

I’ve proved the existence of God

Last week I bid farewell to Worcester. Thursday was my last night in New England’s second largest city so I hit Shrewsbury Street for a final pub crawl, and in doing so I proved the existence of God. It happened thus: the trendy restaurant I had been planning on hitting first to had folded (as […]

Early Christian Communists

David Bentley Hart comments on his translation of the New Testament: I knew that much of the conventional language of scriptural translation has the effect of reducing complex and difficult words and concepts to vacuously simple or deceptively anachronistic terms (“eternal,” “hell,” “justification,” to give a few examples). But I had not appreciated how violently […]

Augustine vs Rousseau

Per Rod Dreher, a professor at a Catholic college taught a seminar in which the students compared the autobiographies of Augustine and Rousseau. You won’t believe what happens next! Over the course of the semester, as Saint Augustine in his book is healed — made more integrated and whole — and Rousseau in his book […]

Human credulity

The NYT makes an interesting observation: People who do not frequently attend church are twice as likely to believe in ghosts as those who are regular churchgoers. The less religious people are, the more likely they are to endorse empirically unsupported ideas about U.F.O.s, intelligent aliens monitoring the lives of humans and related conspiracies about […]

Trinity and History

The development of Trinitarian dogma is an odd history that I won’t attempt to recreate, but the interest of the Church over the first few centuries was things like: to maintain the Apostolic teaching that Jesus of Nazareth was “true God and true man” in the fullest sense of both terms. to maintain the form […]

A Pessimist’s Guide

I have been predicting the general collapse of the church in America. Tribal affiliation as a Christian or Catholic will become more costly and the faith will become more incomprehensible to people than it already is. As a society we have lost the ability to grasp the unstated assumptions of faith, for example, that some […]

Hurrah for my tribe

Rod Dreher has been rehashing his conversion to Orthodoxy after his disillusionment with the Catholic Church, suggesting that his motive for becoming Catholic was based on a desire to be on the intellectually superior side, and to be associated with such great men as John Paul II, maybe (he suggests) because he was searching for […]