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Incapable of doubt, incapable of faithThe majority of mankind is lazy-minded, incurious, absorbed in vanities, and tepid in emotion, and is therefore incapable of either much doubt or much faith. -- T.S. Eliot, Introduction (1931), Pascal's "Pensees"
The Anguished QuestionIf you really enquire about God, not with mere curiosity, not, as it were, like a spiritual stamp collector, but as an anxious seeker, distressed in heart, anguished by the possibility that God might not exist and hence all life be vanity and one great madness -- if you ask in such a mood as the man who asks the doctor, "Tell me, will my wife live or will she die?"-- if you ask thus about God, then you know already that God exists; the anguished question bears witness that you know. -- Emil Brunner, "Our Faith"
Problem or Mystery?A problem is something which I meet, which I find completely before me, but which I can therefore lay siege to and reduce. But a mystery is something in which I am myself involved, and it can therefore only be thought of as a sphere where the distinction between what is in me and what is before me loses its meaning and initial validity. -- Gabriel Marcel
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- poultice: Dictionary.com Word of the Day December 20, 2013
- Poem of the Day: Caedmon December 20, 2013All others talked as if talk were a dance. Clodhopper I, with clumsy feet would break the gliding ring. Early I learned to hunch myself close by the door: then when the talk began I'd wipe my mouth and wend unnoticed back to the barn to be with the warm beasts, dumb among body sounds of the simple ones. I'd see by a twist of lit rush the motes of g […]Denise Levertov
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- Civil Disobedience December 21, 2013[Revised entry by Kimberley Brownlee on December 20, 2013. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] What makes a breach of law an act of civil disobedience? When is civil disobedience morally justified? How should the law respond to people who engage in civil disobedience? Discussions of civil disobedience have tended to focus on the first two of these questions […]Kimberley Brownlee
- Herbert Marcuse December 19, 2013[New Entry by Arnold Farr on December 18, 2013.] Herbert Marcuse (1898 - 1979) was one of the most prominent members of the Frankfurt School or The Institute for Social Research (Institute fur Sozialforschung) in Frankfurt am Main. The Frankfurt School was formed in 1922 but went into exile in the United States in the early 1930s during the reign of the Thir […]Arnold Farr
- Bruno Bauer December 19, 2013[Revised entry by Douglas Moggach on December 18, 2013. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Bruno Bauer (1809 - 1882), philosopher, historian, and theologian. His career falls into two main phases, divided by the Revolutions of 1848. In the 1840s, the period known as the Vormarz or the prelude to the German revolutions of March 1848, Bauer was a leader of t […]Douglas Moggach
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- Distributive Justice December 14, 2013Distributive Justice Theories of distributive justice seek to specify what is meant by a just distribution of goods among members of society. All liberal theories (in the sense specified below) may be seen as expressions of laissez-faire with compensations for factors that they consider to be morally arbitrary. More specifically, such theories may be interpr […]
- Phenomenal Conservatism October 20, 2013Phenomenal Conservatism Phenomenal Conservatism is a theory in epistemology that seeks, roughly, to ground justified beliefs in the way things “appear” or “seem” to the subject who holds a belief. The theory fits with an internalistic form of foundationalism—that is, the view that some beliefs are justified non-inferentially (not on the basis of other belief […]
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- The Peer Reviewer’s Dilemma December 11, 2013While peer-reviewing a paper this week, I found myself in a quandry. The study in question is an open-label, observational trial of a psychoactive medication. There’s no control group and no randomization. Personally, I think such studies are of little scientific value, that they more often mislead than enlighten, and that they should only be […]The post The […]
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- I Am BioLogos: Equipping the Church“What distinguishes BioLogos is that it unflinchingly embraces what God is making clear to us about both His universe and His methodologies, and powerfully defends the Christian faith in light of it, thereby equipping the believer and the Church, and making our faith more impervious to assault.”
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- The End of the Line? September 26, 201325 years after Chrysler closed the AMC plant, how has Kenosha fared? The End of the Line? Twenty-five years ago, Chrysler closed its newly acquired plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The event made national headlines. Only a few months before, Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca had announced that the company intended to buy out French automaker Renault’s control […]
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Liturgy For The PeopleThe liturgy is essentially not the religion of the cultured, but the religion of the people. If the people are rightly instructed, and the liturgy is properly carried out, they display a simple and profound understanding of it. For the people do not analyze concepts, but contemplate. The people possess that inner integrity of being which corresponds perfectly with the symbolism of the liturgical language, imagery, action and ornaments. The cultured man has first of all to accustom himself to this attitude; but to the people it has always been inconceivable that religion should express itself by abstract ideas and logical developments, and not by being and action, by imagery and ritual. --Romano Guardini, "The Awakening of the Church in the Soul"
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We visited the Matthias Church, on the Buda side of Budapest, on Jan. 4. Click a photo to begin a slideshow:
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We visited Bratislava, Slovakia, on Jan. 3. Click an image to start a slide show.
About a year ago, in London, in the park beside Parliament.
Found on Coastal Carolina University’s campus.
We went to an Evensong last night in the quire, and a communion service this morning in a side chapel with only three of us, another person, the priest, and her assistant!
After taking too many photos on Tuesday, we woke up this morning to a new blanket of snow. Here are a few photos:
Today we went to the 9:30 a.m. service at All Souls Church, Langham Place here in London. John Stott is Rector Emeritus at this church, which is the last standing church built by noted architect John Nash (1752-1835).
The worship service was a “contemporary” style, accompanied by trumpet, cello, guitar, drums, and piano. Roger Salisbury gave an excellent sermon, essentially on Matthew 1:18-25, that reminded us of our need for a Savior.
Here’s a look at the inside; I made some other notes in the captions below:
I first saw the exterior of this church last summer. Click here to see how it looks on the outside.
Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo and captain Antonio Lopez lift the European Super Cup soccer trophy at the Almudena Cathedral during the celebrations of their victory against Inter Milan in the European Super Cup soccer final, in central Madrid August 31, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Medina (SPAIN – Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
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Remember the feeling you had after you first saw The Matrix? I finally saw Inception. Wow.
Scenes from Christopher Nolan’s Inception movie. (Photo ITAR-TASS/ Karo premiere film company) Photo via Newscom Content © 2010 Newscom All rights reserved.
I stumbled upon this church today, roughly three blocks off Oxford Circus in London, while Kristi and the girls were scooping up all kinds of clothing inside John Lewis and M&S. Check out the plaques below.