“Something understood”? Not always…

...at least not by the one who prays. I like this post on prayer ("Christ in one place, Christ in a diametrically opposed place"), and I like that most of the commenters are posting quotations rather than their own thoughts. It seems apropos. Here's an old piece I wrote on repetitive prayer.(Title reference.) … [Read more...]

Quid est veritas? Est vir qui adest.

In which Leah Libresco talks about her move from Patheos's atheist portal to its Catholic one. I thought this was a sweet and moving post which is pretty clearly about a work in progress. Conversion is for life (not just for Christmas!) and we're all making mistakes and making progress day by day. I'm super excited to see where this goes.Also, because I know she'll appreciate it, I must once again quote David Ives's play The New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza: Valkenburgh: … [Read more...]

Does this count as preferring the tinsel?

So now I'm revisiting all of the answers in Leah's Ideological Turing Test in order to see which ones I straight-up liked. Keep in mind that I strongly disliked both of my own answers! So far the only one I've really liked and whose author I wanted to know better is this fake atheist.Well, actually, there were many other entries (both real and fake, and both atheist and Christian) which had points I found intriguing but which didn't develop those points. In a real conversation I would have … [Read more...]

Ideological Turing Test Results–Sin makes me stupid!

So the answer key for Leah's "Ideological Turing Test" has been revealed! Go there and click around.This is a thing where atheists and Christians attempt to answer questions both from their own POV/beliefs and from the "other side." The stated objective, per Leah, is to give "a nice way to see how well both sides understand how the other team thinks." Participating was a fascinating experience... and I really dislike both of my answers, Catholic and atheist, although for different … [Read more...]

Augustine’s Confessions of a Mask

Leah Libresco's "Turing Test" 2012 has begun! This is a thing, not quite a contest and not quite a kabuki debate, in which atheists and Christians submit two sets of answers to a single set of questions. One set is their honest answers. The other is an answer from the point of view of whichever thing they're not, religiously speaking--thus atheists impersonate Christians and vice versa. Then everyone gets to vote on how well they did! It's anonymous until the big reveal, and the questions this … [Read more...]


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