Junior High Conversations

During Junior High youth group (5th-8th grade) this past Wednesday night, while casually eating dinner together, a student abruptly asked aloud "What and where is the soul?" What commenced was an exciting conversation in which 7th graders were asking questions regarding such topics as how the probability of infinite universes corresponds to the creation story … Continue reading Junior High Conversations

The Myth of the Incarnation

I just started reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for the first time this week. This is my initial plunge in the ‘Romantic Era’ of literature. I have to admit that my tendency to prefer the abstractions of philosophical jargon pull me in an anti-poetic direction sometimes and yet good literature always has a way of eluding … Continue reading The Myth of the Incarnation

From Charismatic to Episcopalian

[Note: I use ‘Episcopalian’ and ‘Anglican’ interchangeably because they are in fact interchangeable. Also, I acknowledge that the Charismatic church is not a unified communion in the same way that the Anglican communion is, but both resemble some form of ‘movement’ or ‘tradition’ and my encounter with their particular congregations makes them comparable. I am also … Continue reading From Charismatic to Episcopalian

“What is Secularism?” Pt. 1: The Ontology of Violence and the Nation State

  The following is the first of four posts in which I will be exploring the question, “What is secularism?”.   A few weeks ago, I was eating tacos and having a dialogue with a dear friend when the topic arose of Christian worship in an age of secularism. “You and David always talk about … Continue reading “What is Secularism?” Pt. 1: The Ontology of Violence and the Nation State

Henri de Lubac’s Incarnational Time

Christianity, Temporality & History Henri de Lubac, in his book Catholicism, contrasts the role of time in pre-Christian religious history with that of early Christianity, denoted by the Fathers of the Church. For de Lubac, religious movements until and even following the birth of Christianity have often been characterized by “individualist doctrines of escape.” Following the … Continue reading Henri de Lubac’s Incarnational Time

Transfiguration at the Table

Eucharistic Re-Enchantment of the World. There’s a problem with ‘Memorialism’ (the idea that the sacraments are merely symbols) championed by Zwingli. This concept pervades modern Christianity, not just in Eucharistic doctrine, but in the debilitating effect it has on our ability to interpret the world and our place in it. If the convergence of the … Continue reading Transfiguration at the Table