7 Quick Takes (1/4/13)

--- 1 --- Jen Fulwiler of Conversion Diary (who runs this blog carnival) was in the hospital yesterday with two pulmonary embolisms, and treatment is complicated, since she's pregnant.  Happily, she was discharged last night and is stable enough to be treated/monitored at home.  If you're part of the religious subset of readers for the blog, please keep her in your prayers.And, if you're looking for someone to pray to, Jen keeps a random saint generator running, so you can learn more about t … [Read more...]

Let’s have a Math-Theology Bookclub!

Guys, my life is really really wonderful right now.  I just found out about the existence of Naming Infinity: A True Story of Religious Mysticism and Mathematical Creativity, and my cup runneth over.  Here's an excerpt from the review in The New Republic. The Name Worshippers of Mount Athos had been shut down. What mattered most were the defiant interruptions to the angry sermon of Archbishop Nikon of Vologda, who had marched into the monastery courtyard behind the troops. “You mistakenly believ … [Read more...]

Two Terrible Ways to Have Sex

Eaton of Growing up Goddy has written a much needed jeremiad against a poisonous strain in our rhetoric about sex and consent.  From his essay: In the world I was raised in, most junior high, high school, and perhaps even college students were unlikely to give explicit consent -- even though they were willingly having sex. I don't just mean girls, either -- both men and women in that environment had the lessons of immorality, temptation, and so on drilled into them. Sex was treated as a … [Read more...]

Help Me Keep A New Year’s Resolution

New Year's is a time for cached thoughts.   When people ask about resolutions, my first thoughts are "Should I be not eating something?  Or doing cardio?"  We tend to run down the list of cliche resolutions and decide which we should take on.  The standard resolutions may not be particularly well-tailored to you, but it's about as hard to ignore the defaults as to not think of an elephant.So, I have a wacky workaround.  Instead of thinking of disciplines to take on (we tend to grade New Year … [Read more...]

Mormon Enthusiasm for the Self-Made Man

I received a free review copy of The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life as part of the Patheos Book Club.I'm glad to have read The God Who Weeps, since, even in the midst of all the Romney controversy, there's been very little discussion of Mormon theology.  Reporters prefer to cover the Temple rituals because they're secret, and therefore must be interesting.  The Book of Mormon musical prompted some error-checking, but not very many details about what would have been the co … [Read more...]

How do you finish being angry?

This review of Lawrence Cunningham's The Seven Deadly Sins: A Visitor's Guide is part of the Patheos Book Club, and my copy was free.My college debate group had many aphorisms, one of which was, "All sins are pride."  So I read The Seven Deadly Sins: A Visitor's Guide waiting to see what Cunningham had to say about my sin.  I didn't expect to be caught by his meditation on anger/wrath, which I've always thought of as the most boring sin.Coming from a background of stoicism, I just see ang … [Read more...]

The Inspector Javert Medley [Sequence Index]

I may not have drawn little hearts in my middle school notebooks labelled "Leah + Inspector Javert" but I've loved him far too much since the first time I saw Les Miserables.  (And, this year, I immediately dibsed his part when organizing a Les Mis flashmob).  But some of the things I've loved most about the adamant Inspector are the things I've had to set aside in order to be a Christian.  So, to mark the occasion of the movie's release, I wrote three meditations on the  … [Read more...]