The Teaching of the 12

The Teaching of the 12: Believing and Practicing the Primitive Christianity of the Ancient Didache Community By Tony Jones Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2009 Review by Carl McColmanThe Didache is one of the most ancient of Christian documents. Its name is related to the English word "didactic," which gives a clue to its content: it is a teaching manual, offering spiritual and moral guidance to new converts to the community of faith. It's not very long (in this book, the complete text of the … [Read more...]

Pagan Christianity?

Pagan Christianity? Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices Revised and Updated By Frank Viola and George Barna Carol Stream, IL: Barna (An Imprint of Tyndale House Publishers), 2008 Review by Carl McColmanFor years now, Neopagans have been joking (and griping) about how Christianity often appears as little more than a pagan ripoff. To find support for this claim, one need look no further than the marked similarity between many Catholic saints and pre-Christian deities (such as the Celtic … [Read more...]

Plain as the Nose

Sometimes, things are so obvious that your humble servant here simply misses them altogether. This is one of the gifts of contemplative practice: when I slow down long enough to actually remind myself that I am a breathing organism who continues to live and love solely by the grace of God, among other things I'm giving my brain a chance to catch up with my normal speed-of-life distracted self.This morning, just as my wife and I were chanting the words by which we begin our prayer every morning … [Read more...]