The Difference Between a Renaming and a Baptism

In my last essay, The Blessings of Secularism, I received a blessing of some excellent secular criticism, indeed, a veritable back-hand. I was preaching the fact that Catholicism welcomes the convert into a world of primary meaning by attaching things with their meaning, giving New Life to Easter Eggs, 'God be by you' to 'goodbye,' 'Salvation' to 'salut,' and a Holy Day to our holidays. I imagined, briefly, a few new and improved "Keep Christ in Christmas" campaigns, slogans crotchety Christians … [Read more...]

The Blessings of Secularism

I first cared about being Catholic, not out of any profound love for the person of Christ, but out of a profound distaste for my other options. That Christ came, died, rose, and established a Church under the authority of the apostles united under Peter -- I'm still learning it. That I'd sooner cut my own toes off than live life as, say, a self-proclaimed 'freethinker' of the Reddit school -- that was an immediate judgment of taste, something akin to not wanting to wear Crocs or dye caramel tips … [Read more...]

The BadCatholic Drinking Game

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I got this from a reader today. It's awesome. I cannot be held responsible for any deaths that result. The BadCatholic Drinking Game Take a drink: - When a post can be summed up using a Chesterton quote - When you can identify the author he’s been reading - When someone comments thinking Marc’s arguing the exact opposite point - When someone comments expressing disappointment over crude language in the post - When a comment thread is longer than 20 comments -  Make a White Russian when a … [Read more...]

An Attempt to Explain Christianity to Atheists In a Manner That Might Not Freak Them Out

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Between being told that Christianity is a system of oppression, a complex way to justify burning with hatred over the existence of gay people, and a general failure of the human intellect, I begin to suspect that few people know why Christians exist at all. This is my attempt to explain why I am a Christian. Any philosophy that claims that there exists nothing supernatural cannot grant purpose to suffering.If some natural, secular purpose could be granted to the man suffering, then his pain … [Read more...]

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...]

How the Catholic Church Became Cool Overnight

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Having tested the waters of agnosticism, the general culture, and a whole host of personal heresies, sins and stupidities, I have come to Walker Percy's conclusion: Q: What kind of Catholic are you? A. Bad. Q: Are you a dogmatic Catholic or an open-minded Catholic? A: I don’t know what that means . . . . Do you mean do I believe the dogma that the Catholic Church proposes for belief? Q: Yes. A: Yes. Q: How is such a belief possible in this day and age? A: What else is there? Q: What do y … [Read more...]

So, remember that time I invited David Crowder to become Catholic?

Yeah, that might have been redundant.I'm happy as can be, and praying for Mr. Crowder, hoping he comes into full communion soon, though it seems his heart is already there. … [Read more...]

I Was Waiting for the Perfect Video…

...to rebut that Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus Video. I think I found the best one so far. … [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...]

5 More Things No One Knows Are Ridiculously Catholic, But Should

A mild follow-up to the unbelievably spicy 5 Things No One Knows Are Ridiculously Catholic, But Should. I'm beginning to develop the belief that you could give me just about anything at all and I could link it to the Holy Roman Catholic Church. And yes, that's a combox challenge. Up, up and away then:1. Chief Sitting BullSomewhere in the bowels of a stoner apparel store, on the clothing rack next to the incense sticks, between a Rage Against the Machine T-Shirt and "Legalize It" hoodie, … [Read more...]


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