Radical Religion

Leo Tolstoy as a Pilgrim

My brother lives at the beach, and he was out walking the dog late one afternoon when he spotted an unusual fellow walking along the beach. He was wearing a kind of Franciscan habit, sandals and was carrying a walking stick and a big Bible. My brother engaged him in conversation. It seems the man [Read More...]

Snake Handlers and the Holy Father

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Who are the “snake handlers” and where do they come from? “Snake handlers” are a small group of Pentecostal Christians–started in Appalachia during the Holiness revival movements and still operating today. They get all worked up and get “the anointing” which means they enter a trance like state through hyper emotionalism then they pass around [Read More...]

The Absurdity of Evil

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An exorcist told me one of the most disturbing and maddening things about exorcism is that one can rarely diagnose the problem completely. “You see,” he said, “the devil is a liar and the father of lies. Once you have identified the demon you don’t know if you really have or not. The demon lurks [Read More...]

My Medjugorje Story

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So Mark (the Dark Lord Shea-uman)¬†Shea is getting himself worked up into a delightful lather over there at his most illustrious and famous and much loved blog over his skepticism about Medjugorje. He shares that skepticism with a whole team of male, American Catholic bloggers who haven’t visited Medjugorje (and usually can’t spell it) A [Read More...]

Is Catholicism Pagan?

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I’ve enjoyed welcoming a good number of new readers to the blog since coming over to Patheos. The comment box has been filled with lively discussion, and I always enjoy attracting some of the err, more eccentric readers who are out there. Here’s a comment in response to a picture post I had of Pope [Read More...]

The Problem with Primitivism

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One of the basic assumptions of Protestantism is Primitivism. This is the idea that the Catholic Church became corrupt at some point and that the Reformers need to ‘restore’ the simple, primitive faith of the early Christians. Primitivist movements have been around since the beginning of the church, the Protestant Reformation threw up a good [Read More...]


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