This Schism Was Cancelled

What if you gave a schism and before anybody of global importance had noticed, the very heterodox you hoped to turn schismatic hated the idea? A schism was canceled due to hurt feelings and fears of using the “wrong word.” Apparently the need to affirm “other stories” and worries of sounding judgmental or harsh were [Read More...]

What if you had a schism and (almost) nobody important noticed?

Evidently fellow Patheos blogger, Tony Jones, has gone into schism with my church. This presents certain ecclesiastical conundrums as technically Mr. Jones may have already been in schism with my church. If a man is a double schismatic, is he actually a schismatic? (If Mr. Jones is not not Orthodox, then is he Orthodox?) But [Read More...]

Party Better! (On More, or Better, Parties)

Some Holiday parties will lack holiness. Other Holiday parties will be selfish and wasteful. In reaction, we will get the usual Christian worries about lack of holiness, selfishness, and waste, but those are the problems, not partying. We are a religion that predicts that history will end in a party and we are commanded by [Read More...]

“We are dying . . . set up a committee!”

My daily news comes from The Telegraph: if you want literate center-right English perspective, then the Telegraph will not disappoint. In one story without direct editorial comment, the journalists at the paper summed up the state of Christian Britain. A former Archbishop of Canterbury stood at an Armageddon and he battled for the Lord: In an impassioned plea for [Read More...]

The Bible and “Fifty Shades of Grey”

To avoid disappointment let me begin by saying this is not a post reviewing Fifty Shades of Grey. I have not read it and am averse to commenting on books I have not read. I have no intention of reading Fifty Shades of Grey, not having yet completed the complete works of Anthony Trollope, also a romantic writer. [Read More...]

RINO’s and Religion: Avoiding a Fallacy

Ask a teacher: a paper that settles an issue with a dictionary definition is a bad paper. Definitions in dictionaries did not, after all, fall down from God, and few are the issues that can be settled by their rough descriptions of how we now use English terms. The demand for definitions can be good, [Read More...]

At Least Two Cheers for American Protestants!

I could just say: “Read this magnificent post.” but being long-winded I cannot. American Protestants, especially Evangelicals, are not loved by “outsiders.” Nobody writes romance novels about them the way they do about the Amish. Nobody thinks they have cool hair, the way they admire Orthodox beards. No movie like the “Bells of Saint Mary’s” [Read More...]


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