Converting to Paganism

Christians like to believe that our age is a frightening one, an age in which everything is allowed, and all the horny powers of hedonism run rampant. The Godless -- God bless 'em -- believe the same, but as far as I can tell, they're happier with the prospect.We're all becoming pagans, the Christian frowns, using that wonderful, royal we. We're becoming pagans, the Godless smile back, shaking off the cruel bonds of organized religion.Lol, pagans? C.S. Lewis asked. Then: Take as your … [Read more...]

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Why Christianity Is Far More Sensible Than Whatever You’re Doing Right Now

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There are two ways to end small talk: 1. Stop mid-sentence, flap your arms, and scream like a Nazgul. 2. Mention that Christianity is the only existing worldview with a satisfying answer to the mystery of why we suffer. Both methods result in all present diving under bushes and shaking in horrible conniptions, strangely tempted to put on a ring of power and kill you.But, in the words of St. Augustine, let dem haters hate. Nothing but the God-Man satisfies the Problem of Pain.For the … [Read more...]

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Why I Believe In God

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I believe in God because the Jews terrify me.The atheistic explanation of religious belief -- that it is cosmic wish-fulfillment and an opiate of the masses -- cannot be applied to יאַרמלקע-rocking people. They did not follow the dictates of their God because they were promised everlasting bliss for doing so. They did not live a religious life because they would be rewarded for it after death. In fact, the early Jews didn't even believe in Heaven. They believed in Sheol, "a place of darkness … [Read more...]

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The Crowning of Thorns

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the praetorium, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe upon him, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on his head, and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him they mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" And they spat upon him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. Jesus Christ had thorns forced into his flesh. The Evangelists's claim -- that if everything a … [Read more...]

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The Scourging at the Pillar

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So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves."  And all the people answered, "His blood be on us and on our children!"  Then he released for them Barab'bas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified. (Matthew 27:24) The martyrdom of the modern Christian is humiliation. It was rather mean-spirited of Blessed John Paul II to p … [Read more...]

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The Agony in the Garden

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He said to them, 'My soul is sorrowful to the point of death. Wait here, and stay awake.' (Mark 14:34) Love is hard as Hell. Were we given the democratic opportunity to fashion the world as we wished, I imagine we'd have it otherwise. Love would be a comfort, an abstract -- a flaccid feeling forever tickling us into smiles. But then again, why speculate? This is our zeitgeist. We live in an Age of Softening -- our Love is but a pink-tinged means to ignoble ends. I'm in love with another, th … [Read more...]

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Why Modern Man Wouldn’t Like Heaven (If He Had the Balls to Get There)

"The joys of heaven are for most of us, in our present condition, an acquired taste." I couldn't agree more with my boy Clive Staples, with whom I hang out on the weekend, smoke pipes and talk about babes. Most of us would dislike Heaven, if ever we were to get there.Take the modern, "just me, my bible, and Jesus" Christian. He rebels against institutionalized religion -- whatever on earth that means -- the "huge churches" -- as Jeff Bethke put it -- the wealth, the incense, the vestments, th … [Read more...]

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Priests and Pokemon

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(Warning: May be entirely incomprehensible to those born before the 90's.) I am currently and wonderfully immersed in the world of Avatar. And no, I am not referring to the oppressed-Pocahontas version:Now, to justify the amount of time I don't spend on my classwork, hear me out: We have a horrible habit of trivializing our nerdy, childhood fads -- Pokemon, Digimon, Beyblade, Yu-Gi-Oh, X-Men, Justice League, Dragonball Z, or any one of the thousands of fantasy books blatantly ripping off … [Read more...]

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An Open Invitation To David Crowder To Join the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church

Dear Mr. Crowder,Thanks to your fine work, I find myself in one of the most incredible moments of my music-loving, Christ-worshipping, Roman Catholic existence -- a Requiem Mass is the number 2 album in the world. That's right -- Album, not Christian album. Nestled comfortably between Adele's 21 and Snow Patrol's Fallen Empires -- as I'm sure you are very aware -- is David Crowder Band's Give Us Rest (A Requiem Mass in C, [The Happiest of All Keys]).To the Christian, this is awesome. … [Read more...]

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The Only Rule Christians Must Obey

Contrary to popular belief, the problem with moral relativism is not that it allows far too much fun and annoys the hell out of the Puritans. If it were, it might be a tempting worldview, this whole what's-wrong-for-you-ain't-wrong-for-me frolic. No, the problem with moral relativism is that it takes the fun out of everything, and makes the world hellishly Puritanical.There are two ways to ruin a game. The first to add too many rules, and the second is too eliminate all of them. If a man … [Read more...]

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