My Favorite Andy Griffith Episode

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Megachurch Pastors: A Petersonian Perspective

Mark Stevens, our friend down in Adelaide Australia, posted something that led to my posting about whether or not one can call a megachurch pastor a “pastor” — and Mark suggested … well, he’s come back to respond to some of us and here’s his response, a response rooted in some insights from Eugene Peterson: [Read More...]

The God Particle

From Yahoo News: This is as big as the, well, big bang theory: Scientists working at the world’s largest atom smasher say they have enough evidence of the long-sought-after Higgs boson. To the layman, the Higgs boson is the “God particle” and a key puzzle piece in the scientific explanation of the origin of the [Read More...]

Theo Hobson’s View of Rowan Williams

From The Guardian: Despite his theological brilliance, Rowan Williams’ approach to the place of religion in society has been deeply flawed. In my opinion, it is this that has marred his leadership of the Church of England. I am reluctant to say this, for I greatly admire his thought, particularly his insight into the sacramental [Read More...]

Skeptics

Giles Fraser: Is not falsified a good argument? What does proof of love look like? In Shakespeare’s play, Othello wants proof of Desdemona’s love for him. Because his love for her is so vivid, so all-consuming, his life has become intolerable in its vulnerability and dependence. And being a soldier, he is not used to that. [Read More...]

The Evolution of (Im)morality (RJS)

A couple of weeks ago I received a request for a post on the evolution of immorality from a frequent reader. Is there any chance that you will at some point write about the evolution of immorality in your blog? For me, this question is at the front line of my personal battle with these [Read More...]

Elements for for Church Renewal

G.K. Chesterton said so many things cleverly that Douthat’s quotation of Chesterton is worth quoting all over again, in part because the line expresses what Douthat, in his book Bad Religion, hopes for renewal: Often it has been thought that “the Faith has to all appearances gone to the dogs” but eac time it “was the [Read More...]