“Being Gay, Having Faith”: A Series in NYC, Including Me

audio and other materials now online. And you can read a post I wrote riffing on my experience on the panel here. … [Read more...]

What Am I Reading This Summer?

along with the reading lists of many lesser mortals: Last year’s summer reading list was justifiably popular, so the Bookman pleased to return with another round of contributions from our reviewers, who have culled through the massive numbers of books published to focus on those worth reading, discussing, and digesting. more--quite a bit of history, and a bit of mackerel-snappery.  … [Read more...]

An Introduction to Me, For Readers of the Atlantic

Hi! Here's some stuff which might interest you if you're coming over because of this piece.If you want all of my recent writing on being gay and Catholic, try this tag. Some of my favorite pieces are "The Botany Club," "To come first for someone," "Romoeroticism," "Homo No Mo'?", and my exchange with Timothy Luke Johnson in Commonweal (plus a response to criticism). For less-gay Catholic posts try the "mackerel-snapping" tag. You may also want to check out the marriage, friendship, and … [Read more...]

“I’m Gay, But I’m Not Switching to a Church That Supports Gay Marriage”: me at the Atlantic

here you go... When I became Catholic in 1998, as a college sophomore, I didn't know any other gay Christians. I'd been raised in a kind of pointillist Reform Judaism, almost entirely protected from homophobia; when I realized I was gay it was, if anything, a relief. I thought I finally had an explanation for the persistent sense of difference I'd felt since early childhood. This sheltered upbringing may help explain my sunny undergraduate confidence that even though I knew of literally nobody … [Read more...]

From George Eliot, “Middlemarch”

This was not the first time that Mr. Bulstrode had begun by admonishing Mr. Vincy, and had ended by seeing a very unsatisfactory reflection of himself in the coarse unflattering mirror which that manufacturer's mind presented to the subtler lights and shadows of his fellow-men; and perhaps his experience ought to have warned him how the scene would end. But a full-fed fountain will be generous with its waters even in the rain, when they are worse than useless; and a fine fount of admonition is … [Read more...]

Interview with a Sports Psychologist

Posting it here in case other people also find it fascinating! I'm going to try to use some of this to deal with my own self-defeating or anxious tendencies. … [Read more...]

And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly…

In the continuing saga of my criticism of critical thinking.... An astute reader pointed out that some people give their hearts and trust too easily. That's definitely true, and in fact I suspect one reason I'm so quick to wave the pom-poms for trust and the leap of faith is precisely that I'm a trust-and-leap kind of person. I realize that when I criticize the hypercautious, "every doubt is a reason to say no, every answer is just another more troubling question" approach I'm also offering a … [Read more...]


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