Nathaniel Torrey

Nathaniel Torrey

Nathaniel Torrey is the administrative assistant at the IRD. He received his B.A. in the Liberal Arts at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. A convert from agnosticism to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, he is interested in the perennial questions of human existence and carrying his cross.
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The Crucifixion of St. Peter by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

Christians Should Just Die Already

December 19, 2014

Yesterday I read the following poem on death entitled “Moriturus” by Edna St. Vincent Millay. If I could have Two things in one: The peace of the grave, And the light of the sun;…

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On Atheist Billboards

December 16, 2014

The Freedom from Religion Foundation just unveiled its series of billboards trying to put a friendly face on atheism. One of them  features atheist blogger Hemant Mehta whose billboard reads “I’d rather put my faith in me.”…

Moses draws water from the rock by Francois Perrier. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Rekindling the Longing for Meaning

December 15, 2014

Blaise Pascal, in one of his excellent Pensées (194 on The Project Gutenberg) writes that there are two kinds of people; those who care about their role in the cosmos and what eternity has…

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What Christians Can Learn from Malcolm X

December 9, 2014

Recently I watched interviews with the controversial slain civil rights activist and Nation of Islam cleric Malcolm X. One interview in particular stood out to me from June 1963 with Dr. Kenneth Clark: I…

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Rise and Shine Like a Stoic

December 4, 2014

If you’re anything like me (not that I would wish that upon anyone) getting out of bed in the morning can be a struggle. The day to day grind can seem pointless and mundane…

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Relics, Moral Agency and Big Hero Six

December 3, 2014

Spoilers Ahead Big Hero Six, Disney and Marvel’s latest animated kids’ adventure film culminates in the robot Baymax sacrificing himself for a human, the protagonist Hiro, a young boy with a gift for robotics….

Mocking of Christ by Annibale Carracci Source: Wiki Commons

A Prayer for Humility This Advent

December 1, 2014

The Season of Advent has begun in both the Eastern and Western churches. Christians now enter in to a time of fasting and penitence in preparation on the birth of our Lord (although the…

St. Paul Preaching in Athens by Raphael. Source: Wiki Commons

In Defense of Comparing Culture War Issues to Cannibalism and Other Sordid Things

November 26, 2014

Next to eating turkey, debating religion and politics with family members and loved ones around the holidays is a cherished part of that tradition.

The Last Judgement by John Martin. Source: Wiki Commons

Hell is Unjust, but So Is Heaven

November 25, 2014

One of the most common objections I’ve encountered when discussing the Christian teaching on hell is its eternal nature. Ostensibly, hell is objectionable because it is by definition unjust. Damnation, being eternal, cannot possibly…

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Sacrifice for the Particular in Interstellar

November 24, 2014

In Interstellar, love of particular individuals guides the protagonist’s actions, rather than abstract humanity.

Raising of Lazarus (Source: Wikicommons)

The “Right to Die” Is Not the Answer to Suffering

August 8, 2014

Early this past month, former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey voiced support for legislation allowing assisted suicide in the United Kingdom. After serious soul searching, he concluded that “The old philosophical certainties have collapsed…

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Take This Moth

May 22, 2014

What is this impulse to convey meaning, perhaps where it seems the least important? Why is it that the thought of the world being meaningless, indifferent, and neutral so haunting.