Category: Christianity

Births And Rebirths

     Happy Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. On this day two millennia ago, the Apostles were granted the gift of the Holy Spirit, which emboldened and equipped them for the mission with which Christ had charged them:      Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. …

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The Grinding Of The Axes

     If you enjoy theological and spiritual reading, as I do, you’re likely to run across the occasional dubious statement in the work of some writer overly ardent for his Cause. Religious writers have their agendas, as do we all. Occasionally their eagerness to advance those agendas moves them to say something that’s not quite …

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Motherhood

     As virtually everyone in the Western Hemisphere knows by now, yesterday was Mothers’ Day, a holiday celebrated by mothers, grandmothers, greeting-card vendors, and Hallmark stockholders throughout the land. Why Mom gets only a single day, while Negroes and sexual deviants get a month each and governments get all of us year after year, I …

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A Millennial Conflict

     Earlier today, I put forth a provocative proposition. Candidly, it was so provocative that it deserved large font: The State and God are enemies.      That probably upset a few folks excessively devoted to the opinions of Saint Paul:      Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power …

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The Key Historical Animosity

     If you bothered to watch the video embedded below, you might have a few questions about this nebulous thing called “Christian nationalism.” I intend to address some of those questions a bit later, when I’m properly awake. For the moment, have a gander at yet another video, this one from the Land Down Under: …

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If You Have 8.5 Minutes…

     …please watch this video: Pastor Doug Wilson is the Christian nationalist they warned you about. pic.twitter.com/E92V7OMLTS — Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) April 15, 2024      Pastor Doug Wilson articulates an almost satisfactory vision of “Christian nationalism.” The adverb is the most important word in that sentence. For what questions will be asked of his vision …

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“Where Is Everybody?”

     Have you ever watched one of those end-of-the-world movies, wherein a lone survivor awakens to a world that seems to have been depopulated while he slept? There have been a few, and some of them have been pretty good. I have 28 Days Later and I Am Legend in mind as I write this. …

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The Essence Of Divine Mercy

     Today is Divine Mercy Sunday in the Catholic calendar. It’s also known as Doubting Thomas’s Sunday, for today at Mass we read the portion of the Gospel of John that recounts the Apostle Thomas’s transition from disbelief to belief. Notably, the risen Christ invited Thomas to satisfy himself with physical evidence: the wounds in …

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Promise Kept

     In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.      And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from …

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On Being Alone Far From Home

     [After returning to and contemplating this piece, I was moved to repost an old item. It first appeared at the late, lamented Eternity Road in December, 2007. – FWP]      He was far from home, alone in a sterile room in a cookie-cutter businessmen’s hotel, a storage warren for men on the road for …

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The Beginning Of The End

     The materialists say that there is nothing beyond the veil of Time, that the material is all. They say that life begins, and ends, and is over. But then, they say a lot things. They have a lot to say… and one can’t help but get the sense that their aim is mainly to …

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The Meek And The Grand

     Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, Gentle Reader! A summary of the great Irish saint’s life and work:      St. Patrick (387-493) was born in Kilpatrick, Scotland, to Roman-British parents. He was kidnapped by Irish raiders at the age of sixteen and sold as a slave to a Druid high priest. He worked as a shepherd …

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The Easiest Sin

     Happy Ides of March, Gentle Reader! If you enjoyed your Pi Day – we did – then perhaps you’ll also enjoy this commemoration of the day, in 44 B.C., when a group of civic-minded patricians decided to take an aspiring dictator “off the ballot” in a rather final and unappealable way. It’s a recipe …

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Inconceivable Yet Real

     Writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror – the three main speculative genres – face challenges that don’t trouble mainstream fictioneers. We’re supposed to strive to be original, constantly looking for a new conception, a new scientific or technological development, a new evocation of wonder or terror. The flattest and least refutable of all …

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Scare Talk Often Means Only That The Talker Is Scared

     Good morning, Gentle Reader. The “Future Columns” folder is bulging, as usual, but of all the subjects addressed therein, only one piques my interest today:      From the White House to think tanks, and even mainstream media outlets like CNN, White Christian nationalists have been vilified, being labeled as the greatest threat to national …

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Trends In Bigotry

     It’s distressing to feel that I must write about such things, but why else would I blog? There are plenty of softer types to handle the easier stuff.      Throughout America, there’s a near-overpowering awareness that things are going to Hell. Indeed, the bottom of the national handbasket has started to smolder. The sense …

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A Unique Variety Of Solitude

     It’s not that long ago that I wrote:      “The worst” is the noise. The perpetual din. The endless screaming, wailing, moaning, hectoring, begging, and cursing. The ceaseless demands from politicians. The carping from the unsatisfied. The orations of the world-savers. The unending gimme gimme gimme of those who want something they can’t get …

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Poverty In Spirit

     [This piece first appeared at Liberty’s Torch V1.0 on November 1, 2015 — FWP]      Perhaps the most famous of all Jesus’s words:      And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:      And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, …

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Matter And Spirit

     The following passage from C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity has me thinking about things most theologians don’t – or perhaps won’t – address:      There is no good trying to be more spiritual than God. God never meant man to be a purely spiritual creature. That is why He uses material things like bread …

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December 25, 2023

     Ponder this:      When God came to Earth, there was no room in the inn, but there was room in the stable. What lesson is hidden behind the inn and the stable?      What is an inn, but the gathering-place of public opinion, the focal point of the world’s moods, the residence of the …

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