A conversation with me and Sr. Jeannine Gramick

at Interfaith Voices. (Scroll down--I missed this when it was posted over the summer.) I haven't listened to it yet, so apologize in advance for any errors, jerkishness, etc.... … [Read more...]

Featuring Melissa McCarthy, as Life Itself

I rang in my 34th birthday watching Bridesmaids with my best friend, and I really can't think of a better form of celebration. It is a very crude movie (it opens with a graphic bad-sex scene, which is cringingly, eyes-coveringly funny and painful), hilarious and poignant, with a real generosity of spirit. None of the women are pure cartoons meant only to be laughed at. Everybody is needy and trying, in often self-defeating ways, to reach out. Both friendship and marriage, and the fears, … [Read more...]

“A Better Conversation about Homosexuality”

article by Christopher Benson in Christianity Today. There are several nice moments here--I especially liked this bit: [Wesley] Hill quotes philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre, “I can only answer the question ‘What am I to do?’ if I can answer the prior question ‘Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?’” It’s this prior question that gets ignored in the debate on homosexuality because the church has mistakenly given primacy to ethics over the narrative functions of doctrine and ministry. T … [Read more...]

Don’t cover my face with your heart–a quick addendum on “My Peace I Give You”

My one specific criticism of Dawn Eden's new book, My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints (featured on the Patheos Book Club! and here's my actual, positive review of it), is in her recommendation of Courage as part of the resource guide at the end of the book.Courage is the official US Catholic ministry for people with same-sex attraction. I know a bunch of people who have been a part of it on and off over the years, and I've done some social things with the … [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...]

Hot weather, Cold War

I'm one of the people talking about summer reading over at the University Bookman. … [Read more...]