Is Santa Claus a Bad Influence on Christian Children?

Thanks to everyone for the lively discussion on last week's post which necessitated a follow-up and set an agenda for upcoming posts.  As always, if you'd like to respond to a Monday Call to Arms in longer form as a guest blogger, please email me at leah (dot) libresco (at) yale (dot) edu. --- In my more cynical moments, I sometimes think Santa Claus is God’s greatest gift to atheists.I don’t that mean in the usual, anti-materialist way. The commercialization of Santa Claus is a symptom of … [Read more...]

Your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins

Thanks all for your comments on last week's post on standards of evidence (extraordinary and otherwise). As always, if you'd like to respond to a Monday Call to Arms in longer form as a guest blogger, please email me at leah (dot) libresco (at) yale (dot) edu. The highlighted comment from last week comes from No Forbidden Questions:If you asserted to me that you drive a Honda, I'd probably believe you with ultimately very little in the way of supporting evidence -- a photo (which could be … [Read more...]

Lessons in the Lacunae: The Omitted Scripture

While looking up the readings for this week's Mass in the Catholic liturgical calendar, I noticed that the Old Testament readings skipped around in the chosen chapters. I've looked up these omissions before, and usually the gap is just an irrelevant sidenote (a timestamp for the event, some geographical digression, etc). However, this week the meaning of the passage is distorted by the edit. (passage below, cut sections in bold) 7 Thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'I anointed you king of … [Read more...]


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