Concerning Theology, Straw, and Basic Kindness

In New Seeds of Contemplation, Merton made this acerbic, but I think on-the-mark, comment: "Beware of the contemplative who says that theology is all straw before he has ever bothered to read any." Historically, theology and mysticism were not two separate disciplines, but rather two sides of the same coin. Theology, or "God-talk," sought to express what in contemplation comes to us as ineffable mysteries. Why bother, you might ask, to attempt to speak of what cannot be put into words? Like the … [Read more...]

Who Stole the Common Good?

This essay by Julian Edney is a few years old, but I just found it today. And it's well worth reading, especially if you share my concern that we live in an increasingly uncivil society.Who Stole the Common Good? The Shadow of Ayn RandHere's a juicy excerpt: So, do you want to find out if your friends, coworkers or spouse understand the common good? Some do, some don't. Try a simple game you can play called the Nuts Game — with things you find around the house.Three people sit around a k … [Read more...]