Day: June 4, 2012

Eternal life: bad idea?

Imagine you are offered a trustworthy opportunity for immortality in which your mind (perhaps also your body) will persist eternally. Would you take it? Metaphysician and former British diplomat Stephen Cave thinks accepting such an offer would be a bad idea.

Scrapping infant baptism?

Blogging at Lord, Open Thou Our Lips, the Rev. Chris Arnold says the pre-General Convention conversation about sacramental issues such as the nature of confirmation and the practice of offering Communion to people who have not yet been baptized has got him rethinking the question of infant baptism.

A brief commentary on the budget commentary

I don’t have firm opinion about the substance of the budget, and I suspect that under the very able leadership of Bishop Steve Lane and Deputy Diane Pollard of the Program, Budget and Finance Committee, we may well arrive at a solution with which most of us are comfortable. My concern is about the damage we will inflict upon one another in getting there.

Treasure Old and New

Our duty is not just to guard this treasure, as though it were some museum-piece and we the curators, but earnestly and fearlessly to dedicate ourselves to the work that needs to be done in this modern age of ours..

Marilynne Robinson: literature as evangelism

I have read and loved a lot of literature about religion and religious experience—Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Flannery O’Connor, the Bible—but it’s only with Robinson that I have actually felt what it must be like to live with a sense of the divine.