Pilate and the modern Christian (Mondays with MacDonald)

“Pilate asked him, ‘What is truth?’” — John 18:38a Pilate thereupon—as would most Christians nowadays, instead of setting about being true—requests a definition of truth, a presentation to his intellect in set terms of what the word ‘truth’ means; but instantly, whether confident of the uselessness of the inquiry, or intending to resume it when […]

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Thoughts on the science/religion rift

The deeper cause for the rift is trying to use either science or religion as a skeleton key to unlock the answers to both practical and more existential questions.

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Behavior must trump doctrine (Mondays with MacDonald)

The old race of the Pharisees is by no means extinct; they were St Paul’s great trouble, and are yet to be found in every religious community under the sun.

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Mondays with MacDonald (on the value of right doctrine)

Is Christianity a system of articles of belief, let them be correct as language can give them? Never. So far am I from believing it, that I would rather have a man holding, as numbers of you do, what seem to me the most obnoxious untruths, opinions the most irreverent and gross, if at the […]

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Uncertainty is an eleven-letter word

This is a post in response to a blog that does not allow comments. I’d have preferred to have this discussion over there, but here we are. Over at The Boar’s Head Tavern, the Fearsome Tycoon attempts to apply an argumentum ad consequentiam in reductio ad absurdum’s clothing to a statement in my last post on […]

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Sympathy for the devil: the Christian legacy?

This week someone reminded me of the Amish school shooting: in 2006, milkman Charles Karl Roberts IV went into an Amish community and shot ten girls, killing five of them, and then turned the gun on himself. Here’s part of the Wikipedia article (as it currently stands) on the aftermath of that horrific event: On the […]

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Arrogance, humility, Doug Wilson, and irony

Vimeo (via Δεσποσύνη) My paraphrase: “Hey, we’re not the ones calling Rob Bell a heretic: it’s God. Through us, naturally. As Paul said, ‘We do not preach ourselves, but [our own doctrine masquerading as the very truth of God].’ If someone questions our dogmatic understanding of the Bible and resents being called out as a heretic, […]

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011