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August 14, 2018
One of These Things Is Not Like the Other: Real Christianity?
I begin with the best of intentions, but rabbit holes multiply like bunnies, and are...
May 31, 2018
I Believe in the Prosperity Gospel
Maybe two of you who are reading this have opened it because of the title,...
April 26, 2017
Hangs My Helpless Soul on Thee
It is a mystery, unsolved and unsolvable, why some people believe and others do not,...
January 26, 2016
Where Does (Your) Faith Come From?
Working as I do in the wood between the worlds of religion, I am...
March 04, 2014
Neo-Christian Myth #5: The Velocity of Holiness
There’s a delicious irony in the fact that one of evangelical Christianity’s favorite phrases—“a long...
February 12, 2014
Neo-Christian Myth #2: the Preaching Pickle
Poor Donald Miller has been web-torched for his post. It has, at this writing, 479...
February 05, 2014
Six Neo-Christian Myths: Exiting the Arc of Christian History
Today I ran across a post by Donald Miller of Blue Like Jazz fame and...
September 05, 2013
A Single Great Prayer
He prays unceasingly who combines prayer with necessary duties and duties with prayer. Only in...
August 15, 2013
“It is always what I have already said: always the wish that you may find...
July 23, 2013
Finding the Way, and Loving the Journey
(A Book Review) As someone who has lived in a one-mile radius for thirty years,...
June 24, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: Praying Like Elijah
“What a long way it is between knowing God and loving him!” (f. 377) Ultimately,...
June 17, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: Setting Our Hearts
I’ve been reading my way through the Old Testament again and have reached the sad,...
June 10, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: Diminishing Your Passions or Increasing Your Hunger
In our last Neo-Pascalian conversation, I indicated that fragment 418 held yet another clue to...
April 24, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: The Second Step Toward a Make-Believe Faith
I want to begin this part of the conversation acknowledging a comment to my last...
April 02, 2013
Easter: Tripping Over Joy
The Easter season has only just begun. It will go on for another seven weeks,...
March 27, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: From Gambling Table to Altar
One of the concepts Pascal is best known for is his Wager, a longer fragment...
March 19, 2013
Loving Mrs. Turpin, Loving the Grotesque
If I were less ordinary, reading Flannery O’Connor would be more fun. As it is,...
March 12, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: The Third Order
In our last Pascalian conversation, I left you with fire. And if you’ve had an...
March 03, 2013
My Mother’s Morals
I’ve been thinking a lot about my mom these days anyway, since it has been...
February 25, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: Fire
When Pascal died, those who prepared his body for burial found sewn into the lining...
February 18, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: An Indiana Jones Kind of Faith?
Earlier we took a quick look at a scientific experiment conducted by Pascal in 1646,...
February 12, 2013
Pascal, Ash Wednesday, and the Hidden God
In the Anglican Ash Wednesday ritual, we pray for the grace of true repentance. Repentance...
February 05, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: Poised Between Two Worlds
Last week we explored the Jansenist effort to reconstruct Christian community as the fellowship of...
January 21, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: The Back Story
Okay, this week we’re diving into French history, which might not be your cup of...
January 15, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: A Personality Quirk?
As we pointed out last week, Pascal’s actual scientific and mathematical work has been far...
January 05, 2013
Becoming a Neo-Pascalian
Yesterday I wound up the last obligations of my fall courses. This included grading a...
October 18, 2012
Trinitarian Spirituality, 27: The End?
We’ve come to Anatolios’ conclusion, a chapter rich with ideas and summaries. I could...
October 10, 2012
Trinitarian Spirituality, 26: True Love
Last week we addressed Augustine’s “psychological model” of the Trinitarian...
October 01, 2012
Trinitarian Spirituality, 25: Source Code
Our friend Augustine, trying to understand the Three-in-One God whom we worship, resorted to Source...
September 24, 2012
Trinitarian Spirituality, 24: A Julian Diversion
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