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We've Always Gotta Do the Hard Thing

We’ve Always Gotta Do the Hard Thing

Remember when President Kennedy said that we were going to the moon not because it was easy, but because it was hard? Okay, I don’t either, but I’ve seen it on TV a bunch of times. That sentiment, though rousing, always seemed strange to me…I mean, why not do easy things? That way, we might avoid things like Gus Grissom (and crew) blowing up on the Apollo 1 launching pad. I thought of this upon reading a new piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education called “Do Sports Build Character or Damage It?” The article is a lengthy (and very good) read,…

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The Verbal Dynamics of Spiritual Cousins, or, The Trouble with Talking Theologically

The Verbal Dynamics of Spiritual Cousins, or, The Trouble with Talking Theologically

Nothing’s lost. Or else: all is translation / And every bit of us is lost in it.

—James Merrill, “Lost in Translation”

A Simple Conversation

It may be more strenuous to discuss theology with my theological cousin than with another with whom I have only a passing ideological kinship. Language simultaneously hides, reveals, and obscures differences in theological priority or emphasis that, though logically subtle, yield immense differences in the style, tone, and attitude of daily living. Recently, I spoke with a minister about the difficulty I have had with committing to a church, or engaging with a Christian…

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The Distinctives, Part III

The Distinctives, Part III

Article 12 of the 39 Articles of Religion…

XII. Of Good Works.

Albeit that Good Works, which are the fruits of Faith, and follow after Justification, cannot put away our sins, and endure the severity of God’s judgment; yet are they pleasing and acceptable to God in Christ, and do spring out necessarily of a true and lively Faith insomuch that by them a lively Faith may be as evidently known as a tree discerned by the fruit.1) Automatic for the People – R.E.M.2) Songs from the Heart – George Jones3) Change – The Dismemberment Plan4) Spirit of Eden – Talk Talk5)…

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The Intolerable Message of Forgiveness

The Intolerable Message of Forgiveness

An official “Certificate of Debaptism,” is now available for download. By signing this certificate, over 100,000 people (according to the website) to date have declared that:

I ________ having been subjected to the Rite of Christian Baptism in infancy (before reaching an age of consent), hereby publicly revoke any implications of that Rite and renounce the Church that carried it out. In the name of human reason, I reject all its Creeds and all other such superstition in particular, the perfidious belief that any baby needs to be cleansed by Baptism of alleged ORIGINAL SIN, and the evil power of supposed…

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