Patheos Went a-Headhuntin’

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And they tempted Chris Hallquist (who blogs as the Uncredible Hallq) to forsake Freethought Blogs and join the Patheos Atheist channel).  Chris has been an English teacher in South Korea and he's soon to start work as a researcher for the Singularity Institute.I'll confess, I've seen more of what he's written at Less Wrong than chez lui, but I am intrigued by his attempt to beta test his new book.  He's putting chapters online as he writes and inviting comment and critiques, so the eventual t … [Read more...]

I Never Promised You an Ecstasy Garden

Since we've been discussing some Mormon perspectives on conversion and personal revelation, I've got the perfect excuse to link to Daniel Siliman's essay on Catholic conversion stories.  It's very much a RTWT, but I'll post an excerpt to whet your appetite. (Ok, it's a long excerpt. I got carried away.) My sense is, too, that while there're certainly historic examples of Catholic conversion narratives, that this widespread popularity -- that conversion narratives as a common Catholic practice … [Read more...]

Can you all help keep me honest?

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There are less than two months til Halloween, and I'm pretty behind on costuming.  Last year I was a cyberpunk courier, and this year I'm planning to be a dryad.  Last year's costume was finished in a couple of hellish late nights, and I'd really like to avoid that fate this year.  Except I made a map using Freemind of everything I need to do and think about, and the results were sobering.So, would you all mind if I did a costuming progress post every Monday so you can shame me if I'm fa … [Read more...]

Zombies are like garlic, you can never have enough of either

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I've subscribed to an epistolary novel, which may be of interest to readers of this blog.  It is titled Ora et Labora et Zombies.  Ora et labora (pray and work) is a motto of the Benedictine monks; et Zombies is where the plot kicks in.The story is set in the present day.  There has been some kind of cataclysm, and our protagonist has retreated with his son to a Benedictine monastery.  His wife was out of town as the crisis broke, so he is writing letters to her, in hopes that she will make i … [Read more...]

Sic ‘em (politely and constructively)!

Tony Jones blogs for Patheos at Theoblogy and he's put out an open call for tough questions for Christians. Quoth he: I’m not afraid of doubt. I, myself, am a doubter. But I consider a large part of my vocation as a Christian theologian to proffer intellectually honest answers to the big questions of faith.So this series is for everyone who doubts. It’s for your friends who are agnostic and atheistic. It’s a place for them to email me a question, and get an honest answer — even if the answer … [Read more...]

A Mormon Perspective on Interrogating Emotions

It's a guest post by Michael Haycock!  He blogs aperiodically at Not a Tame Lion, and helped clear up factual questions about Romney's priesthood along with more abstract questions about Mormon theology of priesthood the last time he guestblogged here.  Now he's popping in to talk about conversions than win over hearts as well as minds in the light of a recent On the Square piece.It is a typical indictment of Mormon proselytization and practice that it’s all predicated on untrustworthy or … [Read more...]

The Epistemological Weight of Warm Fuzzies

I was reading an On the Square post from a Mormon to Catholic convert and was struck by the way he described his enounter with grace: Early in the evening of May 28, 2010, I am attending Mass in the majestic Basilica di Sant’Apollinare next to the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce in Rome. From Utah I have come as a scholar to deliver a paper at an international conference on the work of the great Catholic philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand, and I have come as a tourist to see the Et … [Read more...]


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