Praising the Little Way of Pratchett’s Heroes

As the year comes to an end, I've written an appreciation of Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, who passed away this year, for Aleteia.  He wrote fiercely moral characters, several of whom were icons of ethics for me.But the kind of sin that Granny talks about isn’t an indulgence in something harmless, luxurious and secret. And it’s not the world-shaking evil of a monster or a murderer. It’s a seemingly small rejection of creation and the particular place our fellow people have … [Read more...]

“The Opposite of Kicking People In the Shins” and more from my Crossroads talk

I had a great time visiting the Crossroads Cultural Center last night to talk about my conversion and the witness my friends offered me.  And now they've got the video of the talk up!Part 1:Part 2: And they've got the Q&A up too!Part 1:Part 2: … [Read more...]

I’m in NYC to talk about explaining your faith

This Wednesday, I'll be at the Crossroads Cultural Center in New York City to talk about my own conversion and ways to answer questions/have engaging conversations about the Catholic faith.  The event is free and open to the public, and here are all the details: When: Dec 16, 7pmWhere: Crossroads Auditorium (125 Maiden Lane, 15th Floor, NY, NY) I'll be giving a talk on my conversion (and how the Catholics in my life invited my questions and showed me their … [Read more...]

My Favorite Books of 2015

I've put together a list of my favorite books I read for the first time this year (here's last year's list).  I've shared five of my favorites as part of First Things's favorite books of the year, and I've got the remaining seven favorites listed in chronological order of my reading below.(And, of course, as you guys think about gifts for family and friends, I'd be remiss not to ask you to consider getting someone my book, Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers Even I Can Offer, if you r … [Read more...]

Demands for Diverse Faculty and Trigger Warnings At Colleges

I've done two recent pieces for FiveThirtyEight looking at activist movements on college campus. Here Are The Demands From Students Protesting Racism At 51 CollegesA list of formal demands made at 51 U.S. campuses has been collected on a website called The Demands. FiveThirtyEight sorted through the list, categorizing each request and looking for patterns in the students’ priorities. The results, which offer a fuller portrait of this new movement, are shown in the following chart:Read … [Read more...]

God & Comics invited me on to discuss webcomics

I had a lot of fun spending an hour with God and Comics' three nerdy priests as we discussed the way comics change when they move online, our favorite weird niche strips made possible by the internet, and different stories' different views of what it means to be a hero.Here's the link to the episode.And here are the top five comic recommendations I'd give to readers of this blog (in alphabetical order):Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang (graphic novel, two linked stories set in C … [Read more...]

Big Discounts on Arriving At Amen Today

If you've been meaning to check out my book on prayer, Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer, today's a great day to pick up a copy (or grab one as a gift for a friend).  The kindle edition is $4 on Amazon.If you'd prefer a paper copy, Ave Maria Press will take 30 percent off of the cover price when you buy from their website on Monday and use the code CYBER15 to check out.And if you already have all the copies of Arriving at Amen that you, your friends, and your … [Read more...]