In Between the Worlds

Yesterday while working at the Abbey Store I got a surprise: a man came in whom I recognized, but couldn't quite place. We spoke, and he reminded me who he was. I knew him years ago, when I was active in the Atlanta Neopagan community — and he was a Wiccan elder.It turns out he's discovered contemplative Christianity and has fallen in love with it. He spoke enthusiastically about meditating with the monks in the monastery church. I told him that I had become a Catholic in 2005, and he replied, … [Read more...]

More Thoughts About Christianity and Paganism

Judy's comment on my post yesterday concerning Quaker Pagans got me to thinking.Paganism and Christianity make for two very interesting spiritual cultures. In some ways they are practically mirror images of one another, in other ways they are so different from each other that they are like night and day. But what night and day and mirror images have in common is that each is somehow linked to the other.I have long felt that, on at least some levels, Neopaganism represents a new religious … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Many Christians place great legalistic, spiritual importance on abstinence from relatively trivial things (from dancing to movies to swearing to card playing to mowing the lawn on Sundays). This is because Christians aren't much different from others in relation to important things (basic values and behavior concerning wealth, power, prestige, justice, security, peace, work, time). Christians know they should be different from the world in some way — otherwise, what would Christianity mean? So, i … [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

Indeed, I wonder if the emphasis of some Christians on the Bible being literally true is because they are concerned to say it's really true. There is a colloquial use of the world "literally" today in an emphatic sense. We have all heard someone say about an angry person, "He literally blew his top" or "He literally exploded." Does this mean his body came apart? Well, of course not. But we all understand what is meant: the person got very angry. Interestingly, "literally" is here used in a … [Read more...]

I John 4:18

There is no need to be afraid. — Matthew 10:31 Courage! It’s me! Don’t be afraid. — Matthew 14:27 Stand up, do not be afraid. — Matthew 17:7 Do not be afraid; only have faith. — Mark 5:36 Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. — John 14:27Yes, that's Jesus talking. And when he wasn't encouraging people to be fearless, others — even his critics — were acknowledging that he himself was afraid of no one, "because human rank means nothing to you" (Mark 12:14).If there's one thing I'm attra … [Read more...]

The New Inquisition?

A pastor in California prohibits his congregation from using teaching materials by popular evangelical teacher Beth Moore because of her advocacy of contemplative prayer. Click here to listen. … [Read more...]


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