Category: Religion and Culture

Why I Don’t Do the Survey Thing

Sometimes I will take a survey, but very rarely. I learned pretty quickly that the questions in most surveys frustrate me, and that my responses to most questions frustrate the person asking. This post should help explain why. I’m working on a small assignment for school...

The Touch of God

A rather lengthy excerpt from In Our Poverty the book, which waits patiently until I get around to get it published: I WAS staring at an advertisement taped to a coffee shop window. I was looking at its words, but I wasn’t really reading them. They...

My Money, My Body

That’s a dangerous title for a post, huh? Presently, I will likely infuriate both ends of the political spectrum. This post is not really about politics; it’s just that the recent election provided such a great example, I can’t resist. Some setup is required, but I’ll...

Faith and Respect

Ben Stein is an interesting fellow. Speech writer for Nixon. Hilarious teacher of Ferris Bueller. I re-received an email recently and just got around to reading it; one which originated back in December of 2005 shortly after Mr. Stein offered a commentary on… what was it…...

Merton Monday 29

  It is useless and even laughable to base political thought on the faint hope of a purely contingent and subjective moral illumination in the hearts of the world’s leaders. But outside of political thought and action, in the religious sphere, it is not only permissible...

Merton Monday 26

Here are some observations from Thomas, which I borrow in the moment to comment on the upcoming election, with no more nor less cynicism directed at either candidate: A revolution is supposed to be a change that turns everything completely around. But the ideology of political...

Avoiding Extremes

I’ve been working on this one a while. Finally got it dusted off… While I believe in absolute truth, I don’t believe it’s easily ascertainable. One of the most difficult and frustrating aspects of religion is that sometimes things are viewed as absolute truth when they...