Universal Salvation without Undue Coercion

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Richard Beck has a great post up today explaining how we can believe that, ultimately, everyone will be reconciled to God and join him in Heaven without casting God as the Great Brainwasher in the Sky, merrily crushing our ability to resist.  I'm excerpting the post below, but I recommend reading the whole thing. For a lot of Christians salvation is basically the process of posing an ultimatum to the human will: Choose Christ and live or deny Christ and go to hell. Basically, evangelism is a t … [Read more...]

Prophets and Bottles that Breed Confusion [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.In this chapter of Open Mind, Faithful Heart, Pope Francis explains the Book of Revelation of following a kind of dream logic. We cannot enter into these *figures* just by interpreting them allegorically or by representing them conceptu … [Read more...]

Questioning Christ Fruitfully [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.The title of this week's chapter is "Faith Beyond Space and Time," and it's mainly about bewilderment.  Because God is transcendent, we usually go slightly wrong in our discussions and questions, but we can be confused in an appropriate … [Read more...]

Bringing Beauty to a Gun Fight [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.In this week's chapter, Pope Francis talked about evangelization being more than simple explanation of the Gospel: Whatever form it takes, our task as bearers of the epiphany always goes beyond the simple acts of transmitting a message, … [Read more...]

I Don’t Care Much About the Pope

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Pope Benedict stepped down from the papacy during my first year as a Catholic, and, all during the conclave, my friends wanted to know if I was excited or overwhelmed.  Was I watching the livestream of the Vatican chimney?  Did I have a favorite candidate?  Which of the cardinals would disappoint me?Except for taking a look at some of the twitter jokes about @ConclaveSeagull, the bird that was photographed on the conclave chimney, I mostly ignored the whole thing.  Catholicism isn't like Was … [Read more...]

Recursion on the Road to Emmaus

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I find today's Mass readings particularly wonderful, for reasons that I think are plenty enjoyable for non-Christians, too.  In this selection of Luke's Gospel, we hear about the experience of two of the disciples who are travelling on the way to Emmaus.  They are joined by a third traveler, who seems ignorant of the recent death of Jesus in Jerusalem.  The two disciples explain what has happened, including the rumors that their teacher's body is missing.  And then... And he said to them, “Oh, h … [Read more...]

Praying with Viola’s Firm Resolve

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Ross Douthat and PEG have been having a back and forth over the possibility of communion for divorced and remarried Catholics (part 1, part 2, part 3), and my attention was caught by Douthat's discussion of the "firm resolve" to turn from sin required to make a good confession and return to communion.  He writes: To use a higher-stakes version of the professional case Gobry references — if you work at a job that by its nature requires grave sin for full participation (let’s say, I dunno, you’re … [Read more...]


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