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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…

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.

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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.

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IRD SYMPOSIUM: The Church and the Millennials

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…

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Confession is Hope

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.”

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Giving to Ease Your Conscience

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.

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Met. Hilarion Calls for Prophetic Witness Against Radical Islamism, Militant Secularism

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…

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The “Funeral Selfie” and How We Deal with Death

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…

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Media Advisory: With a Nod to Global South Leadership, Anglicans Gather in Nairobi

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.

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Suffering as an Apologetic for God

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…