Recovering the Beautiful

Just read this piece and was impressed with the answer by Barbara Nicolosi-Harrington, and her interview is at Patheos: You have a quotation standing above your blog, from a 1930s film critic, that says: “Theaters are the new Church of the Masses — where people sit huddled in the dark listening to people in the light [Read More...]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 4

Sometimes our prayers combine talking to God and talking to others when those others aren’t even present. Psalm 4 [after the jump] does just this. The psalmist (David) talks to God (v. 1) and then to others (vv. 2-5) and then to God again (vv. 6-8). John Goldingay (Psalms, Vol. 1: Psalms 1-41 ) explores this [Read More...]

That Soul-Sort Narrative 1

I contended in my review of Brian McLaren’s new book that his sketch of how “conventional” Christians understand the biblical narrative is a narrative not held by any reputable thinker, and the aim of this new series on this blog is to explain Brian’s sketch of the soul-sort narrative, sketch the conventional narrative in its [Read More...]

Advising Atheists (Loser Letters) 7

What about abortion? Is there an atheist view on abortion?  Mary Eberstadt’s new book, The Loser Letters , examines this question among the new atheists and she probes into how best to convert people to atheism with the issue of abortion. Again, the book is a collection of fictional satirical letters by a recent convert from belief in [Read More...]


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