Hey Mom: thanks for teaching me about Hell!

I am thankful that my mother taught me about all of reality. She never pretended every prayer got answered the way I wished and I knew, given our finances, there would never be a pony for Christmas. She did not pretend that she had all the answers and modeled Socratic questioning long before I had [Read More...]

Do Not Give the Four Spiritual Laws to an Idea!

Nobody was ever damned simply by hearing an idea. This kind of magical thinking is forbidden to Christians or we would have to rip parts of the Bible out (Judges) that describe ideas that caused wicked actions. Being wrong and acting on it matters. . . being wrong? That can be jolly if one uses [Read More...]

Don’t Just Trust Theists: Five Characteristics of Regimes That Will Go Bad

History shows that there has never been an atheist# regime that was not horrific. There have been and are dominantly theistic regimes that are good places to live relative to the times. This is a pragmatic reason to worry about atheist# regimes. Such worry, and the fact that theism has been successful in creating decent [Read More...]

Anti-Theists are Sure They Will Not Kill You This Time

Anti-theists are sending Christians to labor camps in China and killing us in North Korea, but there is good news: Anti-theists# in the United States are positive they will not kill Christians if they ever get power and I believe them. There is no evidence that American anti-theists will ever develop a mass movement of anti-theists capable [Read More...]

He Saw Hitler: Find God’s Man in Odd Places and Listen

Human history would be different if humans learned to find the people that know what God is doing and listened to those people. When you hear complaints about God failing to intervene in history remind yourself that He did speak, but our stupidity (masked as snobbery) kept us from hearing the truth. We tuned in [Read More...]

Ten Jolly Things About Now

I am flying to Rivendell and that is a wonderful thing to write. As Christians decide whether to regroup and educate themeselves (the illuminated Rod Dreher) or charge into the fray (the courageous French family), we must remember how wonderful is the time in which we live. I thank God we face libertines, intellectually bankrupt [Read More...]

Wagner: He is so wrong and so beautiful

I think beauty is important and that too often Americans, particularly American Christians, do not value beauty enough. We sometimes act as if beauty were an extra that humanity could do without. Truth? We know we need truth. Goodness? We cannot have Heaven without goodness (even if the goodness is God’s). We forget that Heaven [Read More...]

Live Art: Go Forth and Assemble!

A wonderful thing about Christianity is that we are forbidden to stay in caves of solitude: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. We may not save the world when we meet and not [Read More...]

I am Somewhat for the Trees: Tolkien and Christian Conservation

Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings sums up my view about rampant industrialization and the despoiling of nature. Unfettered technological development is the sin of Saruman and only the bad hobbits like the Sackville-Baggins want to progress for the sake of progress. Like many Christians, Tolkien captures my imagination when it comes to conservation this Wednesday of [Read More...]

Hoping Atheists (Or at Least Anti-Theists) Do Not Kill Us This Time

Atheistic regimes killed millions in the last century. Nobody denies this fact, though some deny atheism had much to do with the murder. Religious people kill in the name of religion, so surely this is just an example of bad men, totalitarians, doing bad things who happened to be atheists? Yet there is decent reason [Read More...]


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