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Nearly 5 years ago

Four Most Common Myths About Holy Orthodoxy

I have been meaning to write this article for a long time, but the other night I smoked cigars with someone who expressed all

Nearly 5 years ago

Advice Given to Someone Visiting the OCA Cathedral

My friend (“The Pugilist”) is planning to visit St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral in Dallas. This is the preview I gave him. – Standing is

Nearly 5 years ago

Beliefs are Trivial

It seems a peculiarity of the dominant culture in the US that beliefs are accorded the status of conviction, something just a hair shy

Nearly 6 years ago

Memorial Day is my All Souls Day

As the Syrian power structure once again shells protesters and slaughters their families door to door, and sounds the refrain that it’s “terrorists” (it

Nearly 6 years ago

Why I Do Not Believe

The general Protestantism of the culture (whether you’re atheist or whatever, you’re still essentially Protestant if you drink deep of it) is perhaps nowhere

Nearly 6 years ago

On the Anniversary of Ann Boleyn’s Imprisonment

Today on NPR, they read Anne Boleyn’s last letter to Henry VIII, on the anniversary of her arrest. I think if I had been

Nearly 6 years ago

A Liberal, Cross-Cultural, Catholic Mind

Revisiting an old hymn from my Anglican days, “Be Thou My Vision”, I find it full of depth and meaning. But I realized that

Nearly 6 years ago

Sticky Truthyness and Hover-handing Reality

A writer’s job is to tell the truth. It may be murky, slightly off the mark, or distorted, but it’s still the truth. You

Nearly 6 years ago

Koran Equals US Flag for Religious Conservatives

I don’t take the census of what people think where I live about koran burning. I fully expect to hear “Awl bern one them

Nearly 6 years ago

Epistemology, Judgement, and Identity

For me, epistemology, judgment, and identity are the core variables that determine whether I engage people seriously or merely humour them. How do you

Nearly 6 years ago

Fundamentalism is to Christianity what Top 40 Country is to Folk Music

It’s Thistle & Shamrock night, and Folk Salad night. I’m always surprised that people seem surprised, sometimes, because I listen to Celtic or Appalachian

Nearly 6 years ago

Conversion as Time Travel

When some people ask about my religion and, and I mention our traditions, they express surprise because I wasn’t raised in it. Their point

Nearly 6 years ago

The Executive Principle, Politics, and the Spirit of Antichrist

We live in an age of AntiChrist. I don’t mean a fundamentalist theory that plays “who’s the devil”. I mean in principle, politically, and

Nearly 6 years ago

Soft Atheists – the New Gentle Antagonist

I’ve always thought atheists should be consistent. Don’t bow your head when someone says grace. Don’t close your eyes and pretend to go along.

Nearly 6 years ago

Power, Ideology, and the Western Epistemology

Every movement driven by ideology of any kind will eventually massacre, maim, murder, torture, and terrorize in the name of its ideals, if it