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...]

The Mystery of Mercy

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Yesterday’s post was about the Fear of God, but today spend a few moments meditating on the Mercy of God because God’s Mercy and his justice are never separated. They are two sides to the same coin. We often tend to think of God’s justice as his punishment for sin. If we’re not careful we [Read More...]

Fear God – Why Not?

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“The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Says the Proverb. The critics of Christianity like to say, “Oh, I would rather choose to do good than be forced to do good out of the fear of hell.” That’s very nice, but what usually happens is that they don’t actually do much good because [Read More...]

Works Without Faith is Dead

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The old debate still rages in which Catholics dispute with Protestants who say that salvation is by “faith alone.” Yes, we like to pick out the verse from the epistle of James which says that “faith without works is dead.” If we’re going to talk the talk we have to walk the walk. Action speak [Read More...]

Strange Gods

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“You shall have no other Gods before me.” trumpets the Lord in the Old Testament. St Benedict puts it the other way, “Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.” Elizabeth Scalia is a daughter of St Benedict–a Benedictine oblate, writer, wife and mother. Blogging at The Anchoress she’s also one of the Patheosi–bloggers here from a [Read More...]

On the Scouring of the Shire

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Now at the end of re-reading The Lord of the Rings, it occurs to me that I should have blogged my way through. There were so many details seen now and seen in more clarity where Tolkien’s Catholic imagination shines through. I’m going to back again to glean from the chapter in The Return of the King [Read More...]


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