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I Used To Be A Christian

I used to be a Christian. As a fifteen year-old, my conversion to Christianity was something radical. Out of all the stories that we tell ourselves, about ourselves, this was one of the ones that defined me. [Read More...]

Eating Peaches

The Catholic Church is Not Your Sports Team

Sometimes, it’s the people you agree most with that you get into the most vitriolic fights with, particularly in the war of words. Because the other seems in agreement with you in 98% of the cases, it’s far easier to make a mountain out of the other ones. Particularly online. I’m speaking of the Mark [Read More...]

A Belief Observed

I Have a Confession to Make

Shortly after my conversion, a social-media acquaintance of mine asked me to explain the Sacrament of Confession. I practically put together a syllabus for a semester-long lecture series. Tonight, As I stood in line for confession, I realized that I had tried to give a lecture instead of an answer.

Letters from the Edge of Elfland

It’s All in Plato: Looking at the Realm of the Forms and the Logoi with Maximus the Confessor and Simon Oliver

Dear Readers, I’ve been spending a lot of time with C. S. Lewis lately, as my last letter indicated. I’m also reading Restoring Beauty: the Good, the True and the Beautiful in the Writings of C.S. Lewis by Louis Markos for review [Read More...]

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