Why I Believe In God

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...]

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...]

The Scourging at the Pillar

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...]

The Agony in the Garden

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...]

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...]

Priests and Pokemon

(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...]

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...]

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...]

All That Emanates From…

...points back to. The ripples point back to the rock, the cosmic radiation to the origins of the universe, children to their parents, the lover to his beloved, the heavens to the glory of their Maker; it seems self-evident. Perhaps this is why the South has always been so Christ-haunted. The great Northern cities that emanated from man and his money can only ever point back to money and man, while the slow, dusty Southern fields can only ever point back to their slow and dusty God. Not that … [Read more...]

On Playing Pretend

Go read something else, I don't know if this makes any sense.I suppose admitting to playing 'dress-up' as a child is these days akin to admitting a flamboyant homosexuality. But from what I understand -- which is admittedly little -- homosexuality has become a positive thing! (No, really, I read it on a blog!) And thus, in the proper English tradition, I shall keep calm and carry on. Now ladies, you must realize that for little boys there is nothing less frivolous and more solemn than … [Read more...]