The Dogmat Saw Litigation, Minecraft Cathedrals, and Absurd Optimism

The Dogmat

The Dogmat saw the usual range of stuff, including a couple of thought-provoking pieces and some absurd and touching faith in the power of technology and technological thinking.The Cathedral of Our Lady of Amiens in Minecraft: Be sure to click through and watch the video; it's truly an amazing accomplishment. (Link courtesy of Tom McDonald.)What's the Point of Pointless Suffering?: We've been discussing suffering recently, chez Dogmat; here's one of Jennifer Fitz' recent posts on the … [Read more...]

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Seven Lies Christians Tell

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Tony Kriz had a piece in Christianity Today some while ago about the lies Christians tell when they evangelize, or, as he puts, about “How to talk about your faith without being a total jerk.”  He’s writing from an evangelical point of view; but I thought his points were worth talking about from a Catholic point of view.  You’ll want to read his piece first (it’s short) to get his descriptions of the “seven lies”.1. We lie when we claim we are more confident than we really are.  I admit I do … [Read more...]

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How Not To Get Traction

So a week or so ago I complained about a fellow who left an awful note in lieu of a tip. This week, this bit of nonsense is floating about: every bit as unjust, and not at all helpful in terms of evangelism. Tom McDonald has the takedown, and he's both more blunt and more colorful than I would have been.Maybe this works on some people, but it certainly isn't going to work on your average unchurched post-modern. And of course, the theology is all wrong. … [Read more...]

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