Obama Used Original Sin to Explain Hiroshima

If one bothers to scratch even a little below the surface then it becomes clear as day that the doctrine of Original Sin was the primary trope of President Obama’s speech at the Hiroshima Peace Park.But that's only one part of a larger biblical story that should also include apology, forgiveness, and reconciliation.What follows is a reading of the text following the interpretive hints dropped by The Irony of Barack Obama: Barack Obama, Reinhold Niebuhr and the Problem of Christian S … [Read More...]

Jesus Didn’t Call God Daddy

 One of the perennial temptations for Christians is to forget their Jewish roots. Anthony Sciglitano has a great book, Marcion and Prometheus: Balthasar Against the Expulsion of Jewish Origins from Modern Religious Dialogue, about how these very Jewish roots were recovered during the 20th century.The major symptom of this temptation is at least as old as Marcion. Marcion dumped the Old Testament, and much of the New Testament, because the old God didn't seem to fit the picture of … [Read More...]

3 Easy Steps for Beating Amazon.com’s Fluctuating Prices

Many of you have no doubt experienced one of the two following scenarios when purchasing items from Amazon:An item you saved for later drastically increased in price An item you saved for later dove in price to your pleasant surprise Some other variation on these.These might have led you to track the prices of things you want to purchase in the hope of getting the best deal. But there is a much more effective way to do this.There is a website called Camel Camel Camel (started … [Read More...]

Freedom of Religion Isn’t Free

You might think this post will be about how great a price Catholics will have to pay in order to gain back their God-given American "religious freedom." Instead it is about how great a price there is to pay in being granted "religious freedom" in the way it is understood in modern-day America.Freedom of religion isn't free.The conclusions I draw here grow out of some incisive questions Anne Carpenter of The Rule and the Raven posed to me after reading the post Big Win for Little Sisters i … [Read More...]

TOP10 Books to Build Upon Trinity Sunday

  We must be willing to admit that, should the doctrine of the Trinity have to be dropped as false, the major part of religious literature could well remain virtually unchanged. --Karl Rahner, The Trinity I remember being shocked while reading Karl Rahner's short and dense book on the Trinity as an undergraduate at the University of Washington. Rahner still seemed to be right about the main thrust of Western Christian theology. However, I later came to discover that his critique had … [Read More...]

The Democratic Clown Bus Parks Alongside the GOP Clown Bus . . .

It was so much fun for the Democrats to ridicule the GOP "clown car" that they didn't see what was parked in their own driveway.This is the elephant in the room of the left.The LA Times reports Democratic mainliners are greatly puzzled by Bernie Bros refusing to tow the party line and go down lightly into the electoral night:Now that the actions and attitudes of Sanders supporters have become a national issue thanks to the chaos at the Nevada Democratic convention last weekend, … [Read More...]

This is How Corrupt Our Political System Is

There were numerous objections to my proposal for Catholics to vote for Donald Trump.Good intentions paving the way to hell were behind them. The readers assumed I had no idea what Trump stands for. It is as if they did not read what I had written.The reason why Trump should be elected is because he is a symptom of everything that's wrong with American political culture. The disaster of his presidency would reveal how much corporate culture is in bed with American politics. His most … [Read More...]

Big Win for Little Sisters is a Huge Loss for Catholicism

Is religious freedom really free? The big Supreme Court religious freedom win for the Little Sisters of the Poor might be a Pyrrhic victory.As I've explained in American Idol: Religious Freedom, religious freedom is the problem itself. Before we get to that here's the WSJ's rundown, "Big Win for Little Sisters," of what went down with the SCOTUS: First the good news: Though it was more a TKO than a straight-up ruling, the Little Sisters of the Poor prevailed at the Supreme Court on Monday in … [Read More...]

Uber Atheist Nietzsche Liked his Christianity STRONG!

Nietzsche would've seen Karl Barth as his match.The German philosopher is a usefully confusing atheist thinker. He said some very unexpected things about Christianity that actually get at the core of Christianity. After all, his father was a well-loved Lutheran minister, so Nietzsche understood Christianity from the inside. I wonder whether it has been explored how much Lutheranism seeped into his own frequently bleak, yet uplifting philosophy of decline.He liked to think things through t … [Read More...]

Pentecost Special: The Secret Old Testament Teaching on the Femininity of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit made unexpected feminine appearances in ancient Hebrew traditions. “I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” --John 14:26========="My mother the Holy Spirit took me by one of my hairs and carried me to Mount Tabor." --Origen, quoting an agrapha in his Commentary on the Gospel of John Martin Hengel's little exegetical classical, The S … [Read More...]