6 Quick Takes (10/11/13)

--- 1 --- I'm in a storytelling mood, after yesterday's post on a three book introduction to Christianity.  And I'm eagerly waiting to read Francis Spufford's Unapologetic, when it turns up on my kindle this Tuesday.  In the meantime, I've been checking out one of his other works: The Child That Books Built: A Life in Reading, and I've been having some of those moments described in The History Boys as: The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way … [Read more...]

Christianity in Three Books

Rod Dreher has asked his readers, and the internet at large, what three books they would recommend to provide a basic familiarity with Christian theological ideas to someone with little background on the topic.  Here's the challenge as he laid it out. So, what’s your Religious Literacy 101 Reading List? To restate the rules:No more than three books on the list. List them in order of preference. Keep them restricted to a single religion (i.e., no volumes comparing the various major re … [Read more...]

Replies on Relationships (with Chaplains and others)

My two recent posts on relationships (with loved ones - God included, and with the Yale Chaplain's office) have both gotten responses I'd like to draw to your attention.  First off, JT fired back after I disputed the idea that Mass-goers were having time stolen from them by religion. Here's an excerpt: But that doesn’t respond to what I said. I bolded the important part. [If you’d rather be at home cuddling someone who means the world to you than sitting in a pew, then your religion has stolen a … [Read more...]

Is it Hard Out Here for a Humanist?

My alma mater is turning up in religious news stories this week.  It turns out that the Yale Humanists have asked to join the consortium at Yale Religious Ministries, and have been turned down [further discussion at Friendly Atheist].The organization in the ministry are "dedicated to the spiritual, ethical, intellectual, social, and physical welfare of students, faculty, and staff," which, for the most part, sounds like a decent match for the Humanists.  I can come up with a couple reasons th … [Read more...]

What All Relationships (religion included) Require

Well, I agreed with the majority of J.T. Eberhard's recent post "Joy for Joy's Sake."  I, too, like visiting RenFaires, and I enjoyed scrolling through the pictures of him and his fiancée frolicking amid the anachronisms.  But then I got up to this conclusion: Meaning is realizing we’re very lucky to have the time we have and not wasting a minute of it by letting others dictate how we spend these precious minutes.  If you’d rather be at home cuddling someone who means the world to you than sitti … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (10/4/13)

--- 1 --- This week's link theme is art, so I'd like to start by highlighting a fundraising drive being run by the branch of the Dominicans I knew in DC.  They're publishing a hymnal of the Gregorian chant they use when they pray the Liturgy of the Hours.  You can order one yourself or sponsor one (or more) for a friar.I've ordered one for myself, so now I'll need to bother the brothers next time I visit to explain to me how to read Gregorian chant notation.  Below, you can hear one of the p … [Read more...]

I get to high-five a baby today!

Because I got vaccinated against the flu yesterday!I also get to high-five the elderly, pregnant women, and people who are immunocompromised.  In fairness, I can't spot the last category by eye, so maybe I can look up the prevalence statistics and high-five the appropriate proportion of passersby.These are all categories of people who are at higher risk from the flu and may not be able to be inoculated themselves.  They depend on herd immunity, enough people like me and my fellow i … [Read more...]