Of Atheists and Apophatics…

An interesting article recently appeared in the New York Daily News, by one of the "celebrity atheists," Daniel Dennett: The Unbelievable Truth: Why America has become a nation of religious know-nothings. In this article, Dennett argues that non-believers — agnostics and atheists — are, generally speaking, more knowledgeable about religion than are those who believe.I'm not quite ready to accept the triumphalist way in which Dennett interprets his data. He suggests that atheists know more than … [Read more...]

The Spirituality of Spamalot!

The ever-funny-yet-insightful Becky Garrison has just posted a piece over at the Jesus Manifesto about "the Spirituality of Spamalot." It would be wonderful even if I weren't quoted in it — but I am, so that's the icing on the shrubbery. And I'm not the only person she quotes: Peter Rollins, Troy Bronsink, James Martin SJ, Martha Gaye Reese and others are all asked to pontificate on this question: What does it mean for you to ‘find your grail’ and how does Monty Python aid you in that disco … [Read more...]

Ordinary Radicals

Based on this trailer, the forthcoming movie Ordinary Radicals looks pretty exciting.I returned to Christianity in 2005 because of my desire to be more intimately involved with the living contemplative tradition (such as can be found at the monastery where I now work). While that renewed spiritual commitment has been truly a blessing, I didn't count on the fact that while I was away, within the Christian community an entirely new movement of the Holy Spirit was emerging — a movement which is … [Read more...]

The New Atheist Crusaders and their Unholy Grail

The New Atheist Crusaders and their Unholy Grail: The Misguided Quest to Destroy Your Faith By Becky Garrison Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2007 Review by Carl McColmanAs I hope readers of my blog have figured out by now, I rather like atheists. Not that I agree with them, but I admire their willingness to be honest about their doubts and dislikes when it comes to religion in general (and Christianity in particular). Just like the fool in the king's courts of old, every religion needs a … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Our discontent with the church is the very reason that we engage rather than pull out. Within the brokenness of the church is our own brokenness. —Shane Claiborne, quoted in The New Atheist Crusaders and Their Unholy Grail by Becky Garrison … [Read more...]


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