A reader struggles with an alienated niece

He writes: We really respect your knowledge and level headedness of the faith and have a concern to share with you about church teaching on marriage. My wife and I have taught Theology of the Body for four years and have a good understanding of the Sacrament of Matrimony. Our niece, who was raised Catholic, [Read More…]

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John Piper Has His Head Screwed on Straight

…as he replies to the frightened, bellicose, trigger-happy, scripture-twisting thing that has replaced the gospel in the hearts of so many Christians. [Read more…]

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Unusual Time Signatures Make Everything Awesome

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The unseriousness of the anti-abortion-but-not-prolife Right

A reader writes: I use to diligently vote republican because I was passionately pro-life. This was before my husband left me and I became a member of the working poor. Several of my poverty stricken friends have had abortions that they felt terrible having. It wasn’t a callous act of violence because they didn’t want to be [Read More…]

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On Using the Language of “War” for Stuff that is Not War

A reader writes: I know I’m behind, but I had the chance to listen to your podcast episode where you and Simcha Fisher disagreed over the use of warfare language in response to the Paris terrorist attacks (and terror attacks in general, I think).   I thought I would weigh in.  Let me say, too, [Read More…]

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Jesus the Refugee

A reader writes: I thought this would be of interest to you and to your readers. The piece is by my sister, who is currently working with an international organization that assists migrants in the Middle East. Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit [Read More…]

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The Only Real Use for Money is to Help Us Get to Heaven

This highly controversial assertion is under discussion over at the Register. [Read more…]

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Interesting note from a Reader on the Gnostic/Fundamentalist Loathing of the Feminine

Keying off my remark, “What we discover in the strange Mommie Dearest vision of Mary in older Evangelical circles is nothing about Mary, but plenty about the peculiar fears Evangelical culture has of connecting anything feminine with Christian piety.” …he writes: This particularly struck me. Earlier in my seminary studies, I wrote a philosophy thesis [Read More…]

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You’ve Been Nirvana Rolled

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The Spiritual Master Pope Francis Wants You to Read

Bishop Robert Barron is on the story. In addition to Dante, you can also read Jerry Pournelle’s and Larry Niven’s Inferno.  That way, you can tell people you have read Jerry, Larry, and Alighieri, and won’t that feel nice? [Read more…]

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This Killed Me

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C.S. Lewis: Secret Agent

A hitherto unknown chapter in Lewis’ life: when he served as a literary James Bond for His Majesty’s Secret Service. [Read more…]

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“Sleigh Ride” in 7/8 time

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GEICO has to have the strangest and funniest ad strategy in insurance history

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Incredibly, the Prolife Movement’s strategy of ardently embracing the Noble Lie…

…has somehow inexplicably led to the charge that the Prolife Movement lies. Who could possibly have foreseen this? [Read more…]

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Some Excellent News from the Nashville Knights of Columbus

They write: A few Knights of Columbus chapters around Nashville pooled our resources to help purchase a portable ultrasound bus that helps pregnant women make the choice for life.  We received the following message yesterday.  Just this one instance makes the whole thing worth while! “Great News! The Portico Mobile ultrasound unit has only been operating [Read More…]

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“I was a stranger, and you did your best to starve me, my wife, and our four year old…”

Governor Deal is acting like a goat.  Goats don’t have happy endings.  Sign the petition and help Governor Deal repent of being a goat. “After successfully fleeing war-torn Syria in an effort to escape ISIS, Mohammad and his wife Ebtesam, along with their 4-year-old son, were resettled near Atlanta, GA.  Having had his attempt to [Read More…]

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Dear “Prolife” Trump Supporter

For the love of God wake up: Donald Trump Defends Planned Parenthood, Calls Abortions ‘Small Part of What They Do’ [Read more…]

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More from Steve Greydanus…

…on Star Wars. [Read more…]

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1/3 to 1/2 of Republicans polled reject reality and Church teaching

…when fantasizing about mass murder: Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb… Agrabah? While U.S. airstrikes in Syria continue to dominate foreign-policy headlines, the Republican electorate won’t so easily forget about another Middle Eastern menace. According to a new poll from Public Policy Polling, 30 percent of Republican voters nationally support bombing Agrabah. Just 13 percent are opposed, while the [Read More…]

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Every time a Culture Warrior Rejects Nostra Aetate and CCC 841…

…to argue that “the God of Christianity and the God of Islam are two different Gods” what he is really saying is, “I am a polytheist.” Time for a rethink, guys. [Read more…]

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