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Halloween: A Recess for the Buffered Self

On Re-Learning to Live as “Porous Selves”

Well, Thank God, There’s a Big Party After All This

Beyond Even Jimmy ‘Muffin’s’ Idea of Caribbean Paradise

“Hello, 911?” Samantha Irby and the Dis-Ease of Daily Life

“Hello, 911? My Brain is a Prison, and Anxiety is the Warden”

The Ethics of Authenticity

I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure. – Eric Liddell Stop me if you’ve heard this story before…. A young underdog struggling to find their voice in a backwards town where they don’t seem to fit in. They want to […]

Closer Than You Think (The Trouble With Deconstruction)

Deconstruction is having a moment. There are podcasts and books galore about the process of deconstructing (usually damaging or negative) religious belief. Take one step back from deconstruction and you have the phenomenon of doubt in modern Christian writing. At some point in the last ten years, doubt began to be the prerequisite for an […]

Another Tragic Irony

Following on from the section of Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age that we posted a couple weeks ago:

We fight against injustices which cry out to heaven for vengeance. We are moved by a flaming indignation against these: racism, oppression, sexism, or leftist attacks on the family or Christian faith. This indignation comes to be fueled by hatred for those who support and connive with these injustices; and this in turn is fed by our sense of superiority that we are not like these instruments and accomplices of evil. Soon we are blinded to the havoc we wreak around us. Our picture of the world has safely located all evil outside of us. The very energy and hatred with which we combat evil proves its exteriority to us…

Another tragic irony nests here. The stronger the sense of (often correctly identified) injustice, the more powerfully this pattern can become entrenched. We become centres of hatred, generators of new modes of injustice on a greater scale, but we started with the most exquisite sense of wrong, the greatest passion for justice and equality and peace. (pg 698)

The Janus Face of Lofty Humanism

Taken from page 687 of Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age: In replacing the low and demeaning picture of human beings as depraved, inveterate sinners, in articulating the potential of human beings for goodness and greatness, humanism has not only given us the courage to act for reform, but also explains why this philanthropic action is […]

Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lion?

I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought people were joking at first with the whole #Cecilthelion fracas last week. I was traveling, so I only heard snippets of what had gotten people so upset. Once I realized they were serious, surely I was missing something. Alas, even after reading up on the admittedly […]

The Top (Mockingbird) Theology Books of 2014

Some years of theology publications are better than others, and to be honest the crop has not been so plentiful this year. But the books that have come out are pretty fantastic, and well worth a read. The Second Letter to the Corinthians by Mark Seifrid. This is not your normal commentary! Rather than retreading […]

Charles Taylor on the Obsession with Getting Ourselves to Act Right

A pretty stunning passage from philosopher Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age describing the 19th century slide that Christianity took into moralism, and how the natural endpoint of that slide is unbelief, ht KW: Perhaps the most important for our purposes was the protest against a narrowing of the ends of life to a code of […]