Christian Right? Christian Left? It’s Great to Have a Christian Anything

I’ve written two posts worth of thoughts on the idea of an authentically Christian left-wing political movement, and they’ve mostly consisted of cautions and warnings – obstacles to be overcome, temptations to be avoided.That may run the risk of under-emphasising how glad I am that people are thinking about such a movement, and indeed, how glad I am that it’s possible for people of all political stripes to unabashedly talk, in mainstream media outlets, about being inspired, not just by the ch … [Read more...]

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American Nephilim: Why we’re crumbling?

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It is perennially interesting to ponder who and what were Nephilim, and how instrumental were they to God's decision to wipe out humanity once upon a time. He spared only Noah and his family, who alone were still "righteous" and uncorrupted.The wondering is interesting, but never conclusive, because there are so many opinions, so many schools of thought. I read a three-part novel a while back -- one of those endtimes fictions I usually avoid but picked up at the urging of a friend, and … [Read more...]

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The Good, the Bad and the Legal

Ireland was up in front of the UN Committee on Human Rights last week, and received something of a shellacking for our alleged record of human rights violation.A good deal of it was entirely deserved, but when committee members started saying that Ireland’s anti-abortion laws (still relatively strong, though recently weakened) were in violation of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (one of two 1966 treaties that put into force the Universal Declaration of Human Rights), my e … [Read more...]

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That Hillary Doesn’t Realize She’s Over Says a Lot About Her

Well, we've been watching the roll-out of Hillary Clinton's latest Coy Presidential Campaign that Pretends Not to Be, and if Bertie Wooster were assessing it, he'd likely say that so far "it's come up a smeller." Despite President Obama's assertion that at some point (around half a million bucks a year or so) one has earned enough money, many of Hillary's verbal gaffes have centered around her apparent belief that she still needs to scrape and save and make do, or something. I have read, here … [Read more...]

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Changing Hearts, Minds, and ‘Senses’

In the last post, we talked about ‘senses’, the gut feelings, unquestioned assumptions, and ‘unknown unknowns’ that frame our thoughts and beliefs, often deciding what we choose to accept and reject.We concluded by posing some questions: How do people form and change their narratives, their “senses”, their social imaginaries? Can it even be done? How can we know our unknown unknowns, anyway? And aren’t Catholics as sense-bound as the next guy? Not being Damon Lindelof, I try to make a habit … [Read more...]

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‘Sense’ and Sensibility (In Defence of Donald Rumsfeld)

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I don’t know the man, but I’d wager that Donald Rumsfeld treasures “Top 10 Dumbest Political Statements” articles rather more than the average retired politician.Because, of course, “Top 10 Dumbest Political Statements” pieces have a reasonable chance of including Rumsfeld’s memorable declaration on 'unknown unknowns – and thus of reminding Rumsfeld that despite everything, on this particular point he was considerably smarter than his critics.Every single time I read someone dismiss the “ … [Read more...]

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Outwitting the Language Assassins (SYNOD)

Greetings to one and to all! Guest blogger Ben Conroy here. First of all, a go raibh míle maith agat to the magnificent Anchoress that is as heartfelt as it may be cheesy. It’s an overwhelming honour to be posting here, and I will do my very best to live up to the ludicrously generous introduction Elizabeth has given me.As the Patheos Catholic Channel's Synodal Summer Symposium draws to a close, I keep thinking of the passage from Mary Eberstadt’s How The West Really Lost God that the Sym … [Read more...]

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US Bank “Blessing” Brouhaha; Not a Hill to Die On? – UPDATE

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Over at Kathy Shiffer's place, she links to a story about a woman who goes beyond "Have a Nice Day!" and is suing US Bank, for her "right" to do so.Except, from the story at Christian Today, it kinda sounds like this woman was making a pest of herself and her faith, not merely wishing blessings but putting people on the spot, too:The former Walton branch employee had worked for the bank for over 20 years. She said that she started saying "have a blessed day" to all of her customers … [Read more...]

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