“Serious Christians Should Abstain From”… Thing I Totally Did

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry makes a very good point: Remember when Pope Francis gave that interview? And he said something heretical-sounding? And all orthodox Christians blew a fuse? And it turned out the interview wasn’t proofread and Francis never said that? moreIn fact I'd been wondering whether I should add a note to this post, since the one place where I got up on my hind feet and took a swipe at Pope Francis was in fact a paraphrase/distortion. I decided not to, but PEG made me rethink t … [Read more...]

The Pope and the Pregnancy Center

Last night I put in my two hours at the pro-life pregnancy center where I volunteer, and it was a real mixed bag. I know I did some good work, but I can't stop thinking about my first client, who needed something very different from what I initially tried to give her.Obviously I can't use any identifying details, but she was in her teens (and in fact explicitly called herself "a teen parent," as a shorthand for saying, "so you know that my life is kind of chaotic right now") and she was … [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...]

Advent post: Be prepared to say yes

Let's say that you want to be more generous during this Advent. So you walk outside your door, feeling all resolution-y and tinsel-trimmed, and somebody asks you for money and you say, "Of course!" and then... look in your wallet and all you have is your debit card.This is basically how I live, in more ways than dealing with beggars. It's obviously related to the overpromising thing I already talked about, but the problem here is a little different, and has two aspects. The first is that I … [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...]


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