Category Religion

REPOST: Contemporary Church Music

This is a short version of an old rant about church music and (indirectly) about church outreach in general.   Whenever I hear someone say “we have to make church appeal to young people” first I shudder, then I twitch, for the following reasons: Young people are generally idiots. A church that appeals to them […]

Anti-gay witchhunt?

Sociologist Frederic Martel is coming out with a book reporting on homosexual networks in the Vatican and Frank Bruni of the NTY is nervous: But I’m bothered and even a little scared. Whatever Martel’s intent, “In the Closet of the Vatican” may be less a constructive reckoning than a stockpile of ammunition for militant right-wing Catholics […]

Baptist sex scandals

From the Huston Chronicle: In all, since 1998, roughly 380 Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers have faced allegations of sexual misconduct, the newspapers found. That includes those who were convicted, credibly accused and successfully sued, and those who confessed or resigned. More of them worked in Texas than in any other state. They left […]

Beatitude

The tradition of nativity scenes was started by St Francis who organized a live nativity in a cave in Greccio where today there is a Franciscan monastery. Someone once pointed out to me that he had seen nativities set up in nations all over the world, each with their own local style. The one thing […]

What did Jesus actually bring?

What did Jesus actually bring, if not world peace, universal prosperity, and a better world? What has he brought? The answer is very simple: God…. He has brought God, and now we know his face, now we can call upon him. Now we know the path that we human beings have to take in this […]

Blessed Assurance

When her hostile inquisitors asked Joan of Arc whether she was in God’s good graces, she famously answered: If I am not, may God put me there; if I am, may he so keep me. They had posed a trap for her: if she is confident of being in good standing with God, isn’t she […]

My Faith is Shaken

This is first time I’ve seen an atheist argument on the internet that left my faith truly shaken: Christian theology claims that God is both all-powerful and all-good. But this presents an enormous problem for the theist. If God is all-good and all-loving, and he has the power to accomplish anything he wills, then why […]