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The Christmas Revolution: NY Times op-ed on Christmas & the revolutionary nature of the incarnation

Image of Jesus and disciples from the Coptic Museum in Cairo, Egypt

Writing in the Sunday Review section of the New York Times, Peter Wehner explores the once revolutionary but now widely accepted concepts which spring from Jesus as the physical incarnation of God.

Wehner cites the incarnation as being the break from the Platonic view of physical existence as illusory or false, and thereby affirming the goodness of creation and existence, while showing that humanity is created in the image of God; if […]

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Is “this is the clear teaching of Scripture” an acceptable phrase?

Photo of emotional intelligence mind-map exercise via Tracy Rosen

Writing about emotional intelligence and the fundamentalist interpretation of sola scriptura, author Richard Beck asserts that the mark of a fundamentalist is the lack of awareness of their own hermeneutic.

Beck identifies several statements that demonstrate this; he cites “this is the clear teaching of Scripture” as a perfect example of someone failing to identify their own cognitive process at work, implying that the phrase should be verboten.

From his blog post:

I once quipped at […]

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Rowan Williams on Laudato Si

Rowan Williams looks at Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, noting how when one looks at climate change, one must look at all of human society.

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The metaphysics of condiments

From the pseudonym of “Gutbloom” comes this humorous attempt to rank condiments according to their divinity; inspired by the “neo-platonic metaphysic” of St. Augustine, the author explains what, precisely, makes mustard the holiest of holies, and mayonnaise suitable only for the Princes of Hell.

Poking fun at modern “listicles” and other web rankings, the author explains why they’ve ordered the list from top to bottom:

I’ve listed it from highest to lowest. Traditionally, it would be listed from lowest to highest. That’s […]

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Screenshot of video appearance of Stephen Fry, seated by a window, prepared to answer a question on The Meaning of Life broadcast

Stephen Fry describes God as monstrous in interview clip

Noted actor Stephen Fry appears in an episode of The Meaning of Life 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 responds with indignation, stating that he’d criticize God for the natural evils within the world. Fry explains that his atheism is founded not merely on the idea that there is […]

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