The “Demands of Propriety” and the Hands of the Living God

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"Fearful it is to fall in the hands of the Living God" Hebrews 10:31"The matter is quite simple. The bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. How … [Read more...]

Obama’s Christianity And Religion In The Public Square

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I don't like talking about politics here directly, but just a quick riff on Ross Douthat's post on how Republican presidential candidates should answer the "Is Obama a Christian?" question.First, Douthat and I had the same reaction: for conservatives to endorse a secularist vision of religion in the public square ("His religion is no one's business!") to duck a very easy question is incredibly short-sighted.Religion does have consequences, and it's perfectly legitimate to talk about it. A … [Read more...]

Lady Gaga Can Sing

Beauty is beauty and deserves to be honored as such. I knew Lady Gaga was a classically-trained musician, but I didn't know she was also such a talented singer. Like Photoshop, Autotune destroys beauty instead of enhancing it.Here's her "Sound of Music" homage at the Oscars:And here she is, at the classic live music French show Taratata:A hat tip to two of my favorite tweeps, Ellen Anderson and Alexandre Delaigue. … [Read more...]

Is Science In Mortal Danger?


So, here's a contention: the endeavor of the scientist presupposes intelligibility, that is to say, some sort of possible conformity between our minds and reality; but intelligibility is impossible if reality is not itself the product of a mind; therefore, science can only ultimately flourish within a theist (perhaps even only Christian) culture, where science is understood as a legitimate way of understanding the mind of God and approaching God (or even, in a Christian worldview, responding to … [Read more...]

Book Review: C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy


Google "Jesus in space." Go ahead, I dare you. (No copyright because this is one of those eternal internet memes whose author is untraceable.) Some of you who have been following me on Twitter for a while know that I've had misgivings about C.S. Lewis. The Narnia stories never attracted me and his non-fiction work seemed like middlebrow popularization of basic theology--not that there's anything wrong with that, quite to the contrary (I sometimes think we need that more than we need academic th … [Read more...]