7 Reasons Why Muslims Are Not Silent About ISIS

Before Christians (or anyone else) try to make the serious claim that Muslims are not against the barbaric atrocities of ISIS, I would ask them to Google "Muslims denounce ISIS" --- or learn Arabic and do more thorough research.I did the former. In what follows are some of the results I found on the first page.*First, a statement from a group of Imams of the UK:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bd0Y6qWmlA&feature=youtu.beSecond, Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim p … [Read more...]

Another Christian Case Against the Literal Reading of Scripture (feat. David Bentley Hart)

The first post I wrote against biblical literalism was  justly critiqued for being extremely narrow in scope. In other cases, people seemed to misunderstand what I meant by the term 'literal.' Overall, I was surprised that so many Catholics found it scandalous to read the story of the Garden of Eden or the Great Flood as allegories.It was consoling to find David Bentley Hart, a fine theologian, sharing an even more expansive version of my previous, albeit limited, critique of biblical lite … [Read more...]

A Paradox of Empire: Thoughts on Iraq 2014

On Thursday, President Obama authorized a limited re-entry into Iraq, making him the fourth consecutive US president to carry-out military action against Iraq, from the First Gulf War of Bush I, Clinton's bombing of Bagdad in 1998, Bush II's pre-emptive war of 2003, and now Obama's selective bombing of ISIS. This happens along with increased military conflict between Israel and Palestine and Russia's re-emergent threats, most of all against the Ukraine.Each side of the US establishment has the … [Read more...]

America Interviews Fr. Z

Sean Salai, S.J., a summer editorial intern at America, interviews Fr. John Zuhlsdorf on, among other things, Catholic blogging:Do you expect to continue blogging after you finish your doctoral dissertation and go back to full-time ministry? I don't accept your premise.  Work in the blogosphere is ministry. Nearly every day I get an email from someone who says that, because of something he read on my blog, he went to confession for the first time in years, or that she and her husband are ge … [Read more...]

Is Conservatism Worth Conserving?

Of course it is. Without question.The term 'conservative' can be understood in a variety of ways, but I am not interested in qualifying or justifying that here.The post I cited yesterday only told part of the story, because all stories are, ultimately, parts of a greater whole. What I didn't mention was my extended engagement with a conservatism that went far beyond the scope of Rush and the EIB network.Here is the excerpt on that, to balance the scales: My Conservatism does not come from L … [Read more...]

CNN Exposes Socialist Catholic Archbishops

CNN's recent story about Catholic Archbishops is purportedly about their lavish homes, but in reality the story is about the sometimes lavish homes they live in, not the ones that they own. This distinction is a fine one, but it demonstrates what most Catholic clergy share in common: by and large they do not live in privately owned property. In many cases they take vows that absolutely disallow the ownership of private property.This exposes a pre-Marxist socialist principle, recalled this past … [Read more...]

How Being a Poor Lay Catholic Missionary Changed My Politics

CNN just ran a rather unqualified story on the residences of Catholic Archbishops in the US. Joanne McPortland, Deacon Greg, and Jennifer Fitz cover it in rich and fair detail.The story affected me in a personal way. It pricked something in me that may serve to explain some my more deeply felt political intuitions.*I wish we would share how our lived experiences shape and form our politics. Behind every bumper sticker is a story. At least there should be.Being thoughtful and reflective ab … [Read more...]

Pre-Order Late to Love! UPDATED

Wiseblood Records, my small but mighty music label, sent out the following memo a few days ago: On August 28, 2014, Wiseblood Records will release our inaugural collection of music, Late to Love, by Sam Rocha. Late to Love is musically inspired by the genealogy of soul music that scans the genres of spirituals, folk, gospel, country, R&B, blues, funk, jazz, hip-hop, neo-soul and nu-jazz. T-Bone Walker, Ray Charles, Gil Scott Heron, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, and Curtis Ma … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Cafeteria: The Catholic Showdown Started Long Ago

Pope Francis has obviously turned up the volume on a number of issues, and this has generated criticism from those who identity themselves as American conservatives.There are religious voices that rival and complicate the voice of First Things in prominence, at places like Ethika Politika and The American Conservative and elsewhere (including here at Patheos). The more traditional alternatives like Commonweal and America seem to be on the ascendancy.It has become somewhat fashionable to giv … [Read more...]

Images of a Past Still Present: When Children Become Objects

There was a time, not too long ago, when adults heckled children --- protesting the school integration movement.Sometimes these protests became physically violent.But there can be violence in a look.There can be violence in a word. The time of adult violence against children is not over.There was a time, long ago, when --- as Billy Kangas reminds us --- a child named Jesus was an undocumented refugee, too. … [Read more...]


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