Outrage

There are soooo many reasons to feel angry. And every reason is compelling, valid, and important.   I cannot believe what our new president is doing. I feared what kind of president he would be, and I’m even more afraid than I thought because his behavior is somehow worse in reality than in my imagination. … Continue reading Outrage

Epiphany 

Today is the day the Church celebrates the Epiphany. Today, sage and sacred travelers, following a light, reach an unforeseen destination: a child who shines with the light of divinity.  Those with wisdom practice the art of seeing God in the faces of others; so too did the Magi, having cultivated the skill of seeing, … Continue reading Epiphany 

Nativity

I want to propose a new soteriology.* Well, not so new. The systematic concept I am advocating has lurked in the background of Christian thought for centuries, but has been eclipsed by the doctrine of substitutionary atonement, a theory that relies on blood being shed for wrath or ransom. * Soteriology: a (systematic) concept or doctrine … Continue reading Nativity

Attention

The examined life is the only one worth living.   I’m flipping this phrase around. Whether it’s history or legend, we have this story set in Ancient Greece. A wise man called Socrates has started up a thriving school, and attracts the young people to his lectures. Socrates educates them, makes arguments, and draws them … Continue reading Attention