I’m speaking about my conversion in Denver!

The archdiocese of Denver is running a special season of Theology on Taps this spring on "Why I am Catholic." I'll be kicking off the series this coming Monday, January 9th, with "Arriving at Amen: An Atheist’s Conversion to Catholicism."If you're in Denver, or have a friend in Denver, let me know if you'll be there, so I can say hi!Here's the prècis for the talk: How does an argumentative atheist wind up Catholic? By being too stubborn to walk away from a fight, even as it got clearer a … [Read more...]

Books on deck for me for 2017

Getting married meant I read a lot fewer books this year than usual. According to my Goodreads account, I read 195 books this past year (that comprised a total of about fifty-eight thousand pages).  And eleven and a half of those were books I specifically set out to read in last year's Books on Deck post.(Ok, the half is because I'm still reading Meditation and Contemplation: An Ignatian Guide to Praying with Scripture by Fr. Timothy Gallagher—I started doing it as a weekly reading, but too l … [Read more...]

My Favorite Books of 2016

These are my favorite books I read for the first time in 2016 (here's last year's list). Well, technically, my favorite books I read from December 2015-November 2016, since I always put this list together in time for people to grab Christmas gift ideas.And, if you're looking for other book recommendations from me, you can check out the list of books I managed to reference in my own book. Or, of course, there's always my book, Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer. If … [Read more...]

The Boring, Quiet Rituals that Sustain Us Spiritually

When I worked as an instructor at the Center for Applied Rationality, a lot of our curriculum on cognitive biases felt secretly virtue ethics-y: Here's how small choices you make (including ones about what environments you exist in) shape your big choices and who you grow up to be.I really enjoyed reading James K. A. Smith's You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit and reviewing it for Commonweal because it seems to cover spiritual life in the same kind of way. Here's one of my … [Read more...]

Theology nerds (who are also generally nerds) come to Toronto!

I had a great time last year at Doxacon DC, a day of talks, revelry, and occasional cosplay for people who are deeply interested in both Christianity and fantasy/science fiction. So I'm thrilled to tell you that I'll be the keynote speaker this fall for Doxacon Toronto (and that my now-fiancé, then-husband will be giving a talk on "Authority and the Marvel Cinematic Universe" there, too).I'll be speaking on Chesterton, Lewis and Card on Worldbuilding and Our Tolerance of MysteryI'll be … [Read more...]

Dissecting the Catholic Vote for FiveThirtyEight

Over at FiveThirtyEight, I'm taking a close look at a recent Pew survey of religious voters. More mass-going Catholics are planning to vote for Clinton than planned to support Obama four years ago, but it's not because Clinton won them over: Catholics who attend Mass weekly have increased their support for the Democratic nominee by 22 percentage points relative to 2012. They support Hillary Clinton at about the same rate as fallen-away Catholics; even though among white, non-Hispanic Catholics, … [Read more...]

My Good Catch Catches Them All

I've gone to Poland to speak at World Youth Day, so, in the meantime, I've got a few good posts from my fiancé to recommend. He's been alternately playing Pokemon Go and writing about the way its reenchanting the city for players.Even though I'm not playing, I'm still enjoying all the people I run into, and the fact that, unprompted, they'll tell me if there's a really cool Pokemon nearby, so I don't miss it.Alexi wrote about the way that looking at their phones prompts players to look … [Read more...]