Help Syrian RefugeesDonate to the International Rescue Committee's efforts to assist Syrian refugees. The International Rescue Committee has a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.
donating is lovingPlease donate to help support this blog and its curious mission of faith, doubt, speculation, and wonder.
- Follow liturgical on WordPress.com
Search this site
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
Our Ways of Understanding"Our ways of understanding have been collective, beginning with the stories that we told each other around the fire when we lived in caves. Our ways today are still collective, including literature, history, art, music, religion, and science." - Freeman Dyson
Follow on Twitter
"Referee won't blow the whistle / God is good but will he listen?" -- U2
Share & Bookmark
- "When someone opposes me, he arouses my attention, not my anger. I go to meet a man who contradicts me, who instructs me. The cause of truth should be the common cause of both." -- Montaigne
- "If your anger decreases with time, you did injustice; if it increases, you suffered injustice." -- Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- "And the missionaries, they tell us we will be left behind. / Been left behind a thousand times, a thousand times." -- Arcade Fire
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"
Wittgenstein on Kierkegaard
"Kierkegaard was by far the most profound thinker of the[nineteenth] century. Kierkegaard was a saint." - Ludwig Wittgenstein, to his friend Maurice Drury.
Read Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard: Religion, Individuality, and Philosophical Method by Charles L. Creegan free online.
- Every Day Awe: Stacy Murison on Brian Doyle November 29, 2016
- Auden Explains Poetry, Propaganda, And Reporting May 20, 2016
- Watch: Battle of the Hamlets with Benedict Cumberbatch, David Tennant, Prince Charles ETC April 25, 2016
- Poem of the Day: An Irish Airman foresees his Death January 23, 2018I know that I shall meet my fate Somewhere among the clouds above; Those that I fight I do not hate, Those that I guard I do not love; My country is Kiltartan Cross, My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor, No likely end could bring them loss Or leave them happier than before. Nor law, nor duty bade me fight, Nor public men, nor cheering crowds, A lonely impulse of d […]William Butler Yeats
- Poem of the Day: An Irish Airman foresees his Death January 23, 2018
- Poem of the Day: The Editor's Ex January 23, 2018By Caitlin Doyle
- Poem of the Day: The Editor's Ex January 23, 2018
- Liberalism January 23, 2018[Revised entry by Gerald Gaus, Shane D. Courtland, and David Schmidtz on January 22, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Liberalism is more than one thing. On any close examination, it seems to fracture into a range of related but sometimes competing visions. In this entry we focus on debates within the liberal tradition. (1) We contrast three interpr […]Gerald Gaus, Shane D. Courtland, and David Schmidtz
- Presentism January 23, 2018[New Entry by David Ingram and Jonathan Tallant on January 22, 2018.] Presentism is the view that only present things exist (Hinchliff 1996: 123; Crisp 2004: 15; Markosian 2004: 47 - 48). So understood, presentism is an ontological doctrine; it's a view about what exists (what there is), absolutely and unrestrictedly. The view is the subject of extensiv […]David Ingram and Jonathan Tallant
- Liberalism January 23, 2018
- Plato: The Timaeus January 18, 2018Plato: The Timaeus There is nothing easy about the Timaeus. Its length, limited dramatic discourse, and arid subject-matter make for a dense and menacing work. But make no mistake, it is a menacing work of great subtly and depth. Cosmology has traditionally received the bulk of scholarly attention. No less important, however, are the dialogue’s … Continue re […]
- New Atheists December 13, 2017The New Atheists The New Atheists are authors of early twenty-first century books promoting atheism. These authors include Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens. The “New Atheist” label for these critics of religion and religious belief emerged out of journalistic commentary on the contents and impacts of their books. A standa […]
- Plato: The Timaeus January 18, 2018
- Stop, elaborate & listen. January 22, 2018Share and Enjoy: The post Stop, elaborate & listen. appeared first on Indexed.Jessica Hagy
- Stop, elaborate & listen. January 22, 2018
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"
- Conservative revolution, radical revolution: there's a difference
- New books: What Martin Luther thought about prayer beads
- Christopher Hitchens on the soul -- and love
- C.S. Lewis Drank Three Pints of Beer in The Morning -- A Letter From Tolkien
- What my childhood neo-Pentecostal community forgot
- Why Jesus died on two different days, at two different times, according to the Scriptures
- Architecture and engineering at the 9-11 Museum
- 'For God's sake, be a storyteller'
- Storytelling makes us human
Arts and humansArt is the signature of man. -G.K. Chesterton
Posts I Like
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"