Is Easter the Religion of the Goddess Ishtar?

The weary old theory that Christianity is just paganism warmed up always circulates around this time of year. Armchair atheists like to point out the similarity between the word “Easter” and the Near Eastern goddess “Ishtar”. The problem is, the myth of Ishtar had nothing to do with resurrection from the dead. She was the [Read More…]

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Why Christianity is Unique

It is fashionable to think that all religions are pretty much the same. They teach people to be good and spiritual and make the world a better place right? Wrong. There are basically four types of religion: 1. Paganism 2. Moralism 3. Spirituality 4. Improvement. The first teaches, “Make sacrifices to the gods and goddesses and they will [Read More…]

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Where Did Judas and Jesus Go?

I remember a sweet story told by an Anglican bishop about Jesus’ descent into Hell. The priest was catechizing the children and he said, “And where did Jesus go after he died?” A little boy thought long and hard and finally he put up his hand and said, “I think he went to the deepest, darkest corner [Read More…]

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My Scene in The Passion of the Christ

If you are watching Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, did you know I am responsible for a scene in the movie? Well now, the tale goes like this: I was living in England and Mel Gibson had completed the rough cut of the movie but was worried that he would not be able to [Read More…]

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National Catholic Reporter Praises Brutalist Architecture!

The tired and emotional progressives at National Catholic Reporter have published a piece which actually praises the brutalist “Catholic” suburban architecture of the seventies and eighties. This article quotes Michael deSanctis a theology professor and church building consultant from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. DeSanctis says, Restoration-minded pastors, most who came of age well after Vatican II, [Read More…]

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Why the Vatican Sounds Increasingly Anglican

When I was a priest in the Church of England the authorities introduced a delightfully Anglican phrase, “two integrities”. We were all supposed to embrace “two integrities”. So when it came to the issue of women’s ordination for example, we were supposed to “listen carefully and dialogue with those with whom we disagreed.” We were supposed [Read More…]

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