Day: February 8, 2015

The problem of Evil: responses to Stephen Fry

The problem of Evil: responses to Stephen Fry

Last Monday we posted an item about an interview with famed British comedic actor Stephen Fry “where he is asked a hypothetical question by presenter Gay Byrne. “Suppose it’s all true, and you walk up to the pearly gates, and you are confronted by God. What will Stephen Fry say to him, her, it?” Fry […]

Ten odd things you can buy from monks

From Mentalfloss.com Everyone knows you can buy cheese, fruitcake, and really good beer from monks, but those aren’t the only businesses that these holy men dabble in. Here are some stranger things you can acquire from them. The list includes: Coffins from New Melleray Abbey in Iowa and the Benedictine Abbey of St Joseph in […]

The Magazine: Five habits of faith

The Magazine: Five habits of faith

Some years ago, at the suggestion of an elderly and very wise Quaker friend, I developed a list of things that I wanted to do on a daily basis–habits, if you will. Next to each item, I put the time I thought I should spend on each thing: 10 minutes of utter stillness, 20 minutes of prayer, 1 hour of exercise. I taped the list to the bathroom wall, with the idea that I would track how much time I actually spent on each item.

The results were appalling.

The Magazine: Habit, virtue and the journey to become

The Magazine: Habit, virtue and the journey to become

Jesus, I recognized, acted in ways that bent or made exceptions to the Law if adhering to the Law (or to its then prevalent interpretation) would have resulted in behaviors that disrespected or devalued persons. In other words, respect for the well-being of others was a foundational virtue for Jesus.

Speaking to the Soul: Stretching ourselves toward God

Speaking to the Soul: Stretching ourselves toward God

Yahweh who has been present among the people all along, and the people have obviously forgotten, both before the exile- in their worship of other gods, and during the exile- as they despaired of ever returning home and mourned the loss of the center of their worship in the destruction of the Temple. Their minds have skittered and scampered away, lured by distraction, and they have allowed themselves to become lost.