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The Alien Work of Dr. House

We love to talk about Ernest Becker’s book, The Denial of Death. In it, he argues that the most fundamental drive we have—going beyond Freud—is that of our fear of death. In reaction, we invest all sorts of things with importance in order to convince (trick?) ourselves that our lives are actually meaningful. As with […]

Indulgences Return – From the NY Times

I read this yesterday and was surprised that no one had posted it yet… As a Lutheran, I’m obviously not a fan of indulgences; I don’t know of any biblical evidence to support this practice. Some excerpts from the NY Times article are below. According to church teaching, even after sinners are absolved in the […]

The Theology of Russia and Georgia

Like a lot of folks, I’ve been following the Russian invasion of Georgia and its subsequent chain reaction with great interest. [If you’ve just flown in from Mars and haven’t heard, you may read the whole story here]. Europe – especially the former Soviet bloc countries – has been put on notice by a resurgent […]