Two Questions for Christian Readers

Glasses on Open Bible

Remember you can vote once per day for the About.com Atheism Awards.  I’m one of five nominees for Best Atheist Blog.  More details here. Two atheist blogs in my RSS reader posted open questions for Christians, and since the the Christian commenters here play nice with others nearly all the time, I'd love to dispatch you to take a crack at them. First up, John Loftus, a minister turned atheist and the author of Why I Became an Atheist and The End of Christianity.  Over at … [Read more...]

More on the Damnably Foolish Virgins

takemyhandmrfrodo(cat)

UPDATE: there are Harry Potter spoilers in the comments section.  If this is a problem for you, don't read my reply to Christian H or anything that follows. Thanks a lot to everyone who weighed in with exegesis of the parable of the ten virgins.  More perpectives and references are quite welcome.  Several people said it was impossible (physically and metaphorically) for the wise virgins to save the foolhardy ones; no mortal can fully redeem another person.  A number of people took this as … [Read more...]

The Damnation of the Foolish Virgins

parable of wise and foolish

I'm always disappointed when a Mass reading has a perplexing or counterintuitive section, and the priest chooses to focus his sermon on the more obvious moral.  Luckily, I've got you commenters to turn to for exegesis, so maybe you'd like to take a crack at Matthew 25:1-13. For the Gospel selection at Sunday's Mass, the priest read Jesus's parable of the wise and foolish virgins.  In the story, ten virgins go out waiting for the bridegroom but only five were wise enough to bring enough … [Read more...]