The Patina of Prayer – UPDATED

SourceCity churches are sometimes quiet and peaceful solitudes, caves of silence where a man can seek refuge from the intolerable arrogance of the business world. One can be more alone, sometimes, in a church than in a room in one's own house. At home, one can always be routed out and disturbed (and one should not resent this, for love sometimes demands it). But in these quiet churches one remains nameless, undisturbed in the shadows, where there are only a few chance, anonymous strangers … [Read more...]

Needless Chasm between Faith & Science

Once again, The Daily Show's Jon Stewart does a good job interviewing a much more interesting guest than is commonly found on the network news channels.The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c<td style='padding:2px 1px 0px 5px;' colspan='2'Marilynne Robinsonwww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTea PartyIt occurs to me that if journalists bemoan the state of their craft, or the blurring of its conventionally accepted role, this is … [Read more...]

One More Hymn

In the update to the Top Ten List below, I mentioned that one hymn I love, which might seem unusual for an America, William Blake's "Jerusalem."Seems Ronald Reagan loved it, too, and partly to honor America's lately-eroding "special relationship" to England, and to honor his great friend, Baroness Thatcher, that hymn was played at President Reagan's Funeral.Also played at that funeral--as it was, very memorably at the Memorial Service at the National Cathedral, after the attacks of 9/11 … [Read more...]

Does this Scripture Verse Trouble You?

Dr. Mark D. Roberts recently wrote about Psalm 137:9, a verse which he said makes us most uncomfortable:The verse is "He shall seize and shall dash your children on the rock!" and of it, Robert's writes:How can any part of Scripture seem to celebrate the killing of babies? How in the world are we to make sense of this verse? How can we read it, not to mention pray it, as Christians? Didn’t Jesus call us to love our enemies and forgive them, not smash their babies against the rocks? How are w … [Read more...]

Ethiopia's Old Christianity

Exciting news from one of Christianity's earliest seats, and the UK Daily Mail:The world's earliest illustrated Christian book has been saved by a British charity which located it at a remote Ethiopian monastery.The incredible Garima Gospels are named after a monk who arrived in the African country in the fifth century and is said to have copied them out in just one day.Beautifully illustrated, the colours are still vivid and thanks to the Ethiopian Heritage Fund have been … [Read more...]

Mary Anne Marks, Harvard '10 -UPDATED

This is really charming, and comes our way thanks to reader Jenny, whose son graduated from Harvard University (motto: Veritas ) last month, with this young woman, Mary Anne Marks.Ms. Marks, a classics and English joint concentrator hailing from Queens, NY, chose to give her salutatory address in Latin; and manages to be engaging and lively with this "dead" language:You can read read the speech, here.Come the fall, this gifted, confident and serene young women will head to Ann Arbor, … [Read more...]

Beautiful & Sad and all too true

Joseph Bottum tells a too true story:There are some real championship athletes on the rodeo circuit, and she wasn’t that. But she was good enough to get a minor riding scholarship to a school off on the other side of the state, joining the rodeo team of one of those big land-grant state universities that engulf midwestern and western towns. And she lasted less than a year. Three, four, maybe five months before she dropped out and turned up at home again, pregnant.Not pretty enough to be a r … [Read more...]

Has Social-Justice been Co-opted?

Over at Patheos, Timothy Dalrymple offers Part I of what he is referring to as a "Three Part 'Tea Party Suite'". Here he asks the thoughtful question, Is the Tea Party a Social Justice Movement?Since it is intent on the formation of a more accountable and more restrained government that will better serve the interest of all Americans: Is the Tea Party movement a social justice movement?When I asked this question of my beloved liberal friends, they were mortified. There may be no quicker way … [Read more...]

Pray for Nancy Pelosi

Just pray for her.Pelosi’s office did not respond to CNSNews.com’s follow-up questions regarding the speaker’s statement that she seeks to make policy in conformance with the values of the Word made flesh.It takes a special kind of cognitive dissonance to speak fervently of the Word Made Flesh, and to understand that by his Incarnation God has ennobled all mortal flesh with a sanctity and a holiness relative to his own, and yet to consistently vote--as Nancy Pelosi did in 2003--against legi … [Read more...]

Dwelling in Possibilities of Life & Death – UPDATED

We have recently seen pro-life conservatives like Sarah Palin and Ed Morrissey admit that fear of the unknown, and the possibility of complicated outcomes, were brief temptations toward abortion, an option which they rejected, and rejections they pointedly do not regret.Their acknowledged temptations are something most of us would understand. People want to feel sure of themselves and what is going on in their lives; they want an illusion of control.An abortion performed at a Catholic … [Read more...]


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