Thomas Merton on “blood-drinking gods”

Strong hate, the hate that takes joy in hating, is strong because it does not believe itself to be unworthy and alone. It feels the support of a justifying God, of an idol of war, an avenging and destroying spirit. From such blood-drinking gods the human race was once liberated, with great toil and terrible [Read More...]

Storming the four fortresses of hell – part 1

Last week I closed my cheat sheet on hell by listing three “fortresses” on which people tend to plant their flag when it comes to developing a theology of post-mortem rewards and punishments. To review, they are: 1. Freedom 2. Justice 3. Love However, as I was reflecting on the post yesterday, I realized a [Read More...]


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