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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;…
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.”…
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…
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.
November 24, 2014
In Interstellar, love of particular individuals guides the protagonist’s actions, rather than abstract humanity.
April 14, 2014
The Greek word for “Symposium” originally meant to gather and drink together. Unfortunately, that is not what we have been doing the past two weeks here at the IRD. We have, however, managed to…
March 1, 2014
Before I was baptized, I had to give a confession of my entire life. With pen and paper, I spent an evening examining my life up against the seven deadly sins (i.e., gluttony, greed, sloth, lust, pride envy, and wrath). I wrote each transgression down, trying to bring everything to light. “Don’t hold anything back,” a monk in Northern California had told me. “The more you give up, the greater the peace will be.”
January 14, 2014
Working in D.C. you see a lot of panhandlers. All along my commute even as early as Northern Virginia I see a gallery of people asking for help in one-way or another. All of them certainly need help, monetarily and certainly spiritually, but I wonder how they will use the money they collect.
November 6, 2013
Addressing the World Council of Churches (WCC) this past Friday, Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the public face of the Russian Orthodox Church, says the continued relevance and existence of the WCC depends on how effectively…
November 2, 2013
A tumblr entitled “Selfies at Funerals” is the latest variation on the theme of spiritual entropy facing the modern world. The tumblr consists of self portraits of pretty youngsters making goofy expressions or showing off…
October 18, 2013
Washington, DC—The Institute on Religion and Democracy will be sending a team to the 2013 Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya this October.
September 18, 2013
Rod Dreher, blogger at the American Conservative, has been reading the Iliad with his sons. The capricious nature of the gods as portrayed in that story causes him to wonder about the problem of…