What’s so bad about incinerating 15,000 babies?

The news from Britain that aborted fetuses were incinerated to heat hospitals is both shocking and banal.First, shocking: Over the course of just two years more than 15,000 humans living in a modern, Western democracy with protections for human rights were nonetheless disposed of and then utilized for their carbon.This is the inversion of ancient paganism. We aren't crafting wood in God's image. We are turning God's image into mere wood. It still amounts to idolatry, but the worship is … [Read more...]

It doesn’t work and might drive you crazy: More on DIY spirituality

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Anyone who acts as their own lawyer has a fool for a client, as the old saying goes. We all know this, but somehow someone who serves as their own priest, spiritual father, confessor, or guru is wise?If you want to get fit and in shape, you see a physical trainer, maybe a dietician. If you want to get your accounts in order and plan for the future, you see a financial advisor. If you want to get the most out of your sporting endeavors, you see a coach. If you want to get past psychological … [Read more...]

The danger of do-it-yourself spirituality

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I was reading Tom Wolfe's 1976 New York magazine article, "The 'Me' Decade and the Third Great Awakening," and I was struck by the similarities with today.A significant change occurred in the culture after World War II, one that really manifested in the middle 1960s. Widespread economic growth allowed people previously unknown levels of self-indulgence. The focus on the self from all angles -- economic, spiritual, psychological, etc. -- began to intensify through the 1950s and '60s.The … [Read more...]

Hippies, monks, and Lent

Hippies, monks, and Lent

Here we are in the middle of Lent and I'm stuck on hippies.I've always been fascinated by the 1960s. These were wild and momentous years, populated by colorful and absurd characters whose impact far outstripped their usefulness. But drop the whole psychedelic mess into the period of the Great Fast and a compelling comparison of cultures emerges, one that might change how we see ourselves. … [Read more...]


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