Monthly Archives: January 2010

Meet the neighborhood Episcopalians: ‘their light, airy ways’

The following excerpts give a hilarious view of Episcopalians. It’s from an essay entitled “Parish Streets” by Patricia Hampl. The essay is not exactly recent, but Hampl captures the cultural trappings of Episcopalians.

“Lexington, Oxford, Chatsworth, continuing down Grand Avenue to Milton and Avon, as far as St. Albans — the streets of our neighborhood had an English, even an Anglican, ring to them. But we were Catholic….

“We were like people with dual citizenship. I lived on Linwood Avenue, but I belonged to St. Luke’s….

“Not everyone around us was Catholic. Mr. Kirby, a widower who was our next door neighbor, was Methodist — whatever that was. The Nugents across the street, behind their cement retaining wall and double row of giant salvia, were Lutheran, more or less. The Williams family, who subscribed to the New Yorker and had a living room outfitted with spare Danish furniture, were Episcopalian. They referred to their minister as a priest — a plagiarism that embarrassed me for them, because I liked their light, airy ways.”

New Yorker subscription? Check.

Spare Danish furniture? Check.

Light, airy ways? Check.

Yep. Episcopalian.

Noah’s flood probably didn’t cover the entire earth

Data from various scientific disciplines provides a clear indication that Noah’s Flood did not cover the globe of the earth. Before considering that data, however, we must first determine a rough earliest probable date for the Flood. If the Flood is an actual historical event, it must touch down in the empirical data of history somewhere.

So begins Paul Seely’s guest post at Science and the Sacred, entitled “The Flood: Not Global, Barely Local, Mostly Theological, Part 1.” Click the title to read more.

NC State 88, Duke 74

It’s a religious issue — a bit of ecstasy.

But how does the Good Book look?

Bible Design Blog, as the name suggests, is a site dedicated to the physical form of the Good Book. Innovative design, quality binding, that’s what it’s all about. If you’re looking for information about a particular edition, the right-hand column includes an ever-expanding list of reviews and features.”

Check it out here.

London Postcard: Here’s what the UK needs

Roughly between Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square in London, I found indisputable proof that people everywhere just want to be … eating fried chicken.

Marty Peretz: Will the murder of seven Egyptian Christians, outside a church after Midnight Mass for Coptic Christmas, be assigned to ‘isolated extremists’?

Actually, I don’t think we are going to hear the phrase “isolated extremist” again, at least not from the president. In fact, the more we hear from him from now on, the more entangled and united the terrorist international is likely to appear. The shock of Detroit has probably been most traumatic for Obama himself. He really did believe that the world of Islam was a civilized order, and he simply can’t believe it now. Or can he?

But the Copts won’t get much attention. After all, they are Christians. What “progressives” worry about the survival of a Christian church or, for that matter, of pious Christian lives? [emphasis added]

Read the rest of Marty Peretz’s post on The Spine blog for The New Republic here.

London Postcard: A 30th Anniversary

Thirty years ago today, the U.K. punk band The Clash released “London Calling” in the United States.