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...]

A Need for “Persuasion”

Ideally? Washington politicians would read and discuss Jane Austen’s Persuasion.  Practically? Practically, our leaders are too busy failing to read and learn, so they might embrace the concept of persuasion.  Sadly, this is tough because persuasion attacks two prejudices of this time. Too many of us confuse strong beliefs, strongly defended, with pig-headedness and close-mindedness. Since persuasion attempts [Read More...]

Grand Old Problem

I did not vote for President Obama, twice, I did not vote for Bill Clinton, twice, and I regret none of those four choices. My family has been overwhelmingly Republican since Lincoln made our home a state. When Virginia and the Democrats rebelled, we seceded from Virginia and joined the Grand Old Party to save [Read More...]

Beware Fake College or Cash Cow Degrees

Beware: higher education is changing. Many schools that exist today will not exist tomorrow and to make matters worse scams happen. The faster change comes, the more bogus programs will develop. What are signs of a bad deal educationally? Beware the unaccredited program.  If a school is Harvard, it need not be accredited. If your [Read More...]

Monty Python: Five TV Shows That Mattered (V)

It was funny once. If you are my age and had a bad case of Anglophilia combined with warped humor, then late night PBS introduced you to the lads: the comedy team called Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Televised comedy when I was a kid was not funny. I was too late for the best of [Read More...]


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