Joining the Conversation on Faith

Well, here we go. A fresh start. Many of you may know my old blog, Betty Duffy. I’ve loved it long, but over the past year or so, Elizabeth Scalia’s offer to let me blog here at Patheos has become more and more attractive. Having a personal blog on which to post one’s thoughts and ramblings is very cathartic, but after four or so years, it seemed I had said everything I wanted to say there. I had expressed all my opinions. I had made some good friends. I had documented several years of family life and events–and I had done it all in a marvelously one-sided monologue.

Patheos is “Hosting the Conversation on Faith” says its home page, and more and more, this is a conversation in which I have wanted to participate. I’ve learned a lot from other writers here, as I’ve been following that conversation, and even though I’ve had a column here, The Constant Convert, blogging is a way to get into the conversation before it’s gone.

I’ll still probably have more than my share of monologues to write up. I tend to post about ordinary family life, sometimes spiritual epiphanies, and books and pop culture when the mood strikes. But I was remembering recently, how when I was younger I hung out with so many different types of people: artists, atheists, Baptists and Episcopalians. I hated the thought of being fenced in with a group of people who were certain to reflect my own thoughts back to me.

I’ve been impressed with the wide ranging views expressed from the group of Catholics that Elizabeth Scalia has assembled here, even as they remain faithful to the essential teachings of our faith. And its been interesting to watch the exchanges from portal to portal among Patheos writers of different faiths. There have been at times significant disagreements, and yet just making contact, acknowledging the real people who back up different ideologies, is, I believe, the first step towards making peace.

 

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  • calahalexander

    I’m so glad you’re here! Although I am going to miss “The Widow and her Friends” on your sidebar, I’m glad the
    Anchoress persuaded you to blog full-time here. I think your voice is perfect for the conversation on faith.

  • Lizzie

    “But I was remembering recently, how when I was younger I hung out with so many different types of people: artists, atheists, Baptists and Episcopalians. I hated the thought of being fenced in with a group of people who were certain to reflect my own thoughts back to me.”
    Just this weekend, I’ve been lamenting the narrowness of my world too after it being so much broader when I was younger.
    I’m with you on the journey to peace…
    God bless, Lizzie

  • Ted Seeber

    Funny, as an autistic, I revel in my world becoming narrower, less complicated, and less pain inducing.

    • Elizabeth Duffy

      So does one of my boys, Ted. I guess we all have our specific callings.

  • http://owenswain.com/2/ Owen

    Can’t say we didn’t see it coming. God bless you Betty. Scalia knows how to pick’em.

  • http://darwincatholic.blogspot.com MrsDarwin

    Congratulations on the new venue!

  • Elizabeth Duffy

    Thanks, y’all.


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