A Christian Rite for Same-Sex Union

Once upon a time a heavily biased scholar published a work on the (scandalous) existence of a rite for same-sex union within the Christian tradition.  And he was right.Allow me to imagine your responses… “D:< !!! WHAT THE HELL!”It’s not a new topic, in fact, it’s quite old news… but apparently Huffington Post doesn’t think so, so I feel it might be time to address the whole thing again.(My first reaction to the story: “Huffpost wut r u doin?Huffpost.Stahp…”)What i … [Read more...]

Why Sola Scriptura Honestly Scares Me

Being raised in a Protestant home, the Scriptures were (and in many ways still are) the end-all-be-all of the faith for me.  However, there is a reason I am no longer a Protestant.  This reason has many branches but all points back to one thing, context.  Given the necessity of context, I find the whole idea of “Scripture Alone” horrifying.What it is:Sola Scriptura is the idea that Christianity ought to be based off of “Scripture Alone” (which is the English translation of “Sola Scriptura … [Read more...]

Upholding the Sabbath

We’re all aware of the commandment to “remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”  Most of us know that this is why we’re expected to be at the Liturgy (Mass, service, etc.) each week, and on Holy days.  And in our snarky, self-amused manner we stand boldly (those of us who do go when we’re “supposed to”) and proclaim, “Look how good I am, having upheld the command of the Lord.”But is it enough?  Is that hour (or two and a half, if you’re an Easterner) of your week enough to claim that y … [Read more...]

“I AM” is not “Is”: Problems in Scholasticism

In consideration of ontotheology, it is important to look into the history of it.  Heidegger traces this process of confusion all the way back to Plato, but it is almost undeniable that the high point of ontotheology is (understandably) the period with the most concern for theology and ontology(arguably), the medieval era.This is not to discredit or put down the work and thought of medieval thinkers.  That being said, it is to point some much needed criticism at the predominant system of m … [Read more...]

“I AM” is Not “Is”: An Introduction to Ontotheology

I would be hard pressed to find someone who wouldn’t agree that there is something at least a little off with Western thought.  I mean, just look at its results. Some people would likely argue either that Western thought is completely irrelevant (as it’s far too chauvinistic and focuses only on old, white men who’ve been dead for at least a century); however I believe more people would argue that the issues came from “outside” or “began because of a degradation of values.”  This might be true, bu … [Read more...]

A Desperate Plea

"Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy have each become comfortable (may God forgive them!) with the schism, but we, Eastern Catholics, can never truly become accustomed to the schism; there is always a tension within us because in spite of everything, we love both Orthodoxy and Catholicism and we cannot accept separation from either of them. Often that tension is invisible for even long periods of time, but it is always there, and always reappears." -Bishop Basil Losten In case you've … [Read more...]

Subjectivity, Truth-Relation, and Learning to Be Charitable

There is a problem I have found within the climate of American Catholics (I'm sure it's not just us, but still).  It's everywhere.  Sooner or later, anywhere there has been a discussion, it will appear.  It shows up in articles and comboxes, lurking in the dark underside of the comment thread, where few care to continue reading, waiting to pounce on it's prey like a pit viper.  It's prey: the unsuspecting reader. It's venom: cruel and unbridled absence of charity.  This is a real issue, since the … [Read more...]

Why St. Josemaria Escriva Might Just Be the Ubermensch

There is an unfortunate tendency both within the Church and within society in general to feminize religion.  While it's true that women generally tend to be more religious than men, this trend of feminization has some very costly side-effects.  It means making things soft, and comfortable, including the saints.  This softness exacerbates the problem, driving off men by the droves, because seriously, what man in his right mind wants to sit through Kumbaya and lectures from old hippy nuns.But i … [Read more...]