The Last LOST (Contains Spoilers!)

So much has been written about the LOST finale that it seems almost pointless to add my voice to the din, but it has been my favourite show (i.e. the only show I’ve regularly watched) for the last three years, and I have a lot of thoughts about it.  Plus, it had all sorts of [Read More...]

Dan

It’s been a rough weekend.  On Friday, my friend Daniel Van Note killed himself.  It has me thinking a lot of thoughts about life and death that I want to share, and eventually I will, but this post is about Dan. I didn’t know Dan as well as his close friends or family, but I [Read More...]

Experiencing God

Just read a great article by Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit Priest, over at Huffington Post about experiencing God in moments of exaltation and clarity.  These are the two kinds of experiences that have been strongest in leading me to belief in the the Lord.  I particularly like the quote from W.H. Auden: One fine [Read More...]

Changes Since Swedenborg: Dispensationalism

Last year I spent a fair amount of time answering emails sent to the outreach department at newchurch.org, and out of necessity I learned about current Christian beliefs in America – and in the process discovered dispensationalism. Dispensationalism is HUGE in American Christianity (although less so internationally, as far as I know) – and it [Read More...]

Conversation in a Sports Bar

Flyers win!  I don’t get TSN (the channel the hockey game was on), so I headed to a sports bar to watch the third period of Game 6 between the Flyers and the Bruins.  At the bar I ran into a guy who started talking to me about religion.  It turned out he wanted to [Read More...]

Megachurch Parody

First off, sorry for the week long absence from this blog, and sorry that this post won’t be very substantial – I was gone from Friday through Monday on a young adult retreat in Asheville, North Carolina (it was great!), and I’m still trying to catch up on work. Several of the blogs I follow [Read More...]

A Life-Sustaining Universe Really Is Unlikely

There’s a good blog post over at the Beretta Blog pointing out the error in the argument of those who accuse others of falling into the “Lottery Fallacy.”  This group calls it a fallacy to argue for the existence of Divine design from the improbability of life-supporting universe, since this universe was no less likely to [Read More...]

Are All Religions the Same?

Are all religions the same?  Last week religion professor Stephen Prothero published an article in the Boston Globe arguing that “it is misleading — and dangerous — to think that religions are different paths to the same wisdom.” (HT Rod Dreher).  An excerpt: To claim that all religions are basically the same, therefore, is not [Read More...]

The Lord In Everything

Last week I posted a quote that I love from True Christian Religion, which says, “God alone acts; man permits himself to be acted upon, and cooperates to all appearance as if of himself, although interiorly from God” (TCR 588).  To me, everything comes down to this.  When I am able to get some kind [Read More...]

Rev. Jonathan Rose in “Heaven”

In Monday’s New York Times, Mark Oppenheimer reviews a new book by Lisa Miller entitled Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife. The review mentions a few specific views of heaven that Miller explores, including the Swedenborgian view of heaven: Over time, she explains, visions of heaven became more specific. The Book of Revelation is especially vivid. In the [Read More...]


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