A Jewel on the Buckle of the Bible Belt

Lobby of Bob Jones Art Gallery

  My article this week for Imaginative Conservative website features a surprising oddity of the American South–the Museum and Art Gallery at Bob Jones University. The American South is full of obscure oddities, unexpected eccentricities and disconcerting delights. Here the farmhouse of an eccentric peacock loving novelist, there the country home of a homespun poet. [Read More...]

Bl. John Henry Newman

Bl. John Henry Newman

Today is the memorial of the great Bl John Henry Newman. Remember his tender and wise words: God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I [Read More...]

American Christianity: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism?

The "Perfect" Church

Some time ago I read a blog post identifying the degradation of American Christianity into what was termed Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. It’s given me much pause for thought and the analysis seems to me to be spot on. Today’s post is a further speculation on this analysis with a long contribution from a regular reader [Read More...]

Honey or Vinegar?

honey

My combox this week has been filled this week with self righteous, negative and sour comments from a certain type of Catholic. How some people love to throw anathemas at the heretics, condemn people and take a lofty tone correcting everyone in sight. If you don’t believe me just jump over to the combox and [Read More...]

Can the Convergence Movement Converge with the Ordinariate?

AAC_convergence

Bishop Tony Palmer–the friend of Pope Francis who died last week in a motorcycle crash–was representative of a new movement in non Catholic Christian circles called the “convergence church movement”. What is “convergence church” and why does it matter? The convergence movement must be distinguished from two other similar sounding Protestant church movements. “Convergence Christianity” [Read More...]

All That Really Matters is How Much You Love Jesus?

rembrandt head of christ

When I resigned from my position as an Anglican priest one of the ladies in the parish was very upset. She couldn’t figure out the point of my decision. “Surely!” she cried, “All that really matters is how much we love Jesus?” This is the response from many non-Catholics when faced with the doctrinal claims [Read More...]


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