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...]

Seven Quick Takes (6/11/10)

  --1--   Today, I'm moving to Washington DC for my summer internship and the packing and preparations for said trip are the reason the blog's been dark this week (and probably next as well). After my first week on the job, though, I'll be starting regular posts, beginning with a discussion of C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity (the first apologetic work I ever read).--2--  And speaking of the move, I'm still trying to attend Mass every week, so I'd be grateful for any … [Read more...]

Burden of Proof, before and after

This isn't a standalone post, just a text-heavy footnote to a discussion with readers about the intended tone of the blog.Original:I have been an outspoken atheist for most of my life, so I wouldn't have guessed I'd end up with a devoutly Catholic boyfriend in college. ┬áNeedless to say, we've had plenty of discussions about our beliefs, and we've are still in profound disagreement.During one discussion, I pressed him to name something that could serve as a disproof of … [Read more...]

Seven Quick Takes (6/4/10)

  --1--   I have an opinion piece up at The Huffington Post criticizing the Dalai Lama's recent op-ed in The New York Times. One quick quote from the piece:  To praise individual parts of [religious sects'] morality in isolation, as the Dalai Lama wishes to do, is to do their beliefs a disservice. --2--  While on HuffPo's Religion tab, I ran across this dreadful article on spirituality. Not only does the author water down the definition of 'spiritual' until it's … [Read more...]

Welcome and Update

I've been considering starting a religion/atheism focused blog for some time, and that time is now. I'll continue to blog at The Huffington Post and Sappho as well, but, since of late all my arguments seem to have become arguments about religion, I'd like to use this space to force myself to make my positions a little more coherent and patching up logical gaps while sparring with commenters. Currently, I'm on vacation with my family and, shortly thereafter, will be moving to the site of my … [Read more...]