A cross-country move, a major career change, and a baby on the way–my life has been busy. And I’m also now blogging at Patheos.
Kevin Drum notices that pro-lifers react differently to abortion than they do to what he calls “genuine murder.” Is he right?
In his first piece at The Week, Kyle Cupp explains why Pope Francis is right to encourage doubt about God and the Church.
Is Natural Law theory closed off to doubt and pluralism?
The church expects the faithful to assent to its teachings, but as Douthat’s speculations show, the faithful are not always clear on where this teaching authority is actually exercised.
If President Carter is correct that the institution of the all-male priesthood contributes to sexism and the abuse of women, then it behooves the church, if not to change its doctrine on the priesthood, at least to acknowledge this unintended effect and work diligently to counter it.
Do you have a right to a product that must be provided to you through governmental coercion?
Instead of calling just war theory a fraud, as Damon Linker does, I would call it a failure.
Should the total, unconditional self-emptying exemplified by Christ be the logic of the Christian life?
Modesty is a virtue, but its promotion has an unwholesome side.
Atheist writer Adam Lee compares the Roman Catholic hierarchy to an absolute monarchy and dictatorship, but this comparison fails to account for the role of established doctrine in the church’s teaching office.
What does the sword have to do with the Christian spiritual life? Everything, according to Michael Voris, the producer of an internet television station. The faithful, he believes, are born for combat.
There are a lot of good causes out there. Why focus on poverty? For Poverty Awareness Month.
Does it matter if Richard Dawkins is ignorant of theology? If he’s going to write about it, then yes.
If you guessed that what’s going on here isn’t exactly about Christianity, I’m in agreement with you.
A Christmas message concerning Pope Francis, political tribalism, and the coming year.
Every day I’d scroll through my feed after making sure that the page showed all activity and not only the top stories, but as my eyes passed over each status update, I rarely read every word or paused to think about the people telling me something about their lives.
Masses of people agreeing to vote for officials who want to go to war, continue using the death penalty, and tend to oppose programs that would support the poor all so those officials will do little more than pay lip service to the virtue of female chastity surely isn’t the ideal arrangement for a democracy.
We’ve all heard about right wing backlash against Pope Francis. But what about backlash from the left?
Kyle Cupp explains why he doesn’t worry about leading others astray when he writes critically or questioningly about religion.
Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin, now with the Family Research Council, wants to be like the Jesus who was a “man’s man,” who had “big, bulging biceps” and “smelled bad.” Nothing is stopping him, but he’s nevertheless concerned with the “feminized” way Jesus often gets portrayed. You know, without massive muscles. Not a tough…
The advice given in that “Marriage Isn’t for You” article going around is terrible. Yes, selfishness isn’t good for marriage, but then neither is self-neglect.
Patheos is featuring my book, “Living by Faith, Dwelling in Doubt,” in its book club this month. Guest post! Q&A! Cookies! Please stop by if you’re so inclined.
In his film version of Much Ado about Nothing, Joss Whedon highlights the social context that makes it acceptable for Claudio to shame Hero before her father and the wedding guests. There’s something rotten in the patriarchy of Messina.
When I look at the ways in which I believe revelation has taken place, I’m led to conclude that instilling clear certainty of meaning is not high on the Almighty’s agenda. God speaks and there is ambiguity.
I’m officially an author now. Today marks the release date of my book Living by Faith, Dwelling in Doubt, a reflective memoir about the uncertainty that came to rest at the heart of my religious faith and why I believe this uncertain faith, if not well-suited to everyone, may benefit those struggling to reconcile their…
Today my daughter would have been four years old. Though Vivian is no longer with us, we will celebrate her birthday this evening, lighting a candle, and in its glow, dine and sing and share her story. We’ll do all this in memory of her. Her older brother, now seven, has a few memories and…
Instead of telling atheists to convert, Pope Francis urged them to follow their own conscience so as to develop a contrite heart. His words have caused concern from within his flock.
Raylan Alleman believes you shouldn’t send your daughter to college. What is he thinking?
Scripture and Tradition both indicate that few are saved and many are damned. Should Christians assent to this doctrine?
Citing high divorce rates, an estate planner recommends that the legal partnership of marriage be adapted to include arrangements that do not last a lifetime, but rather a period of years specified by the couple, so that the end of a marriage “can be as simple as vacating a rental unit.” Is this a good idea?
Kyle notes some fallacious reasoning on the part of Reza Aslan.
Religious authority ultimately requires not only trust in the office of authority, but also in the specific individuals who hold that office.
So far two bakeries have faced legal challenges to their refusal to make wedding cakes for same-sex weddings. Opponents of same-sex marriage see these cases as the start of a fast approaching widespread persecution. Personally, I don’t see how the act of baking a cake for a wedding implies approval of that wedding, but the…
Kyle Cupp explains why he’s banking on the hope that God’s not a jerk.
My friend Darwin observes: When trying to make-nice to conservatives, proponents of “same sex marriage” tend to emphasize it as a way of enshrining commitment and sexual morality. However, while this tends to suggest that same sex relationships should have the same moral obligations and boundaries as traditional ones, in practice I have never known…