The Pokey Finger of God

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What's in a name?

August 24th, 2007 · Comments Off on What's in a name? · christianity, culture, history

One of the greatest revelations I had during my intense periods of religious study centered on the use of a single word: Christian. Much of my early exploration was propelled by my insistence that I was not, and would not be, a Christian. Now that I’ve come around to the far side of that journey, […]

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Can Buddy Christ be far away?

June 19th, 2007 · Comments Off on Can Buddy Christ be far away? · christianity, culture

Vatican’s 10 Commandments for Drivers VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican on Tuesday issued a set of “Ten Commandments” for drivers, telling motorists not to kill, not to drink and drive, and to help fellow travelers in case of accidents. An unusual document from the Vatican’s office for migrants and itinerant people also warned that […]

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Apopos Typos

May 21st, 2007 · Comments Off on Apopos Typos · media

As part of my travel kit, I loaded a number of free text documents to my PDA. I’ve learned to really enjoy reading in this format. One of the books I’m reading now is “A Short History of the Baptists”, by Henry Vedder, which turns out to be a remarkable overview of Christian history – […]

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God in the Pledge

June 14th, 2004 · Comments Off on God in the Pledge · history, media, ritual

Supreme Court Preserves ‘God’ in Pledge The Supremes weaseled out of making an official declaration on the Newdow pledge case, however, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist agreed with the outcome of the case, but still wrote separately to say that the Pledge as recited by schoolchildren does not violate the Constitution. Justices Sandra Day O’Connor […]

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Prophecy Lite

June 2nd, 2004 · Comments Off on Prophecy Lite · culture, media, metaphysics, ritual

Claiming to be “the Christian Voice in the Nation’s Capital,” the [Apostolic Congress] members vociferously oppose the idea of a Palestinian state. They fear an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza might enable just that, and they object on the grounds that all of Old Testament Israel belongs to the Jews. Until Israel is intact and Solomon’s […]

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Pleasure and Responsibility

February 21st, 2004 · Comments Off on Pleasure and Responsibility · culture, media

Recently, the San Marcos school district announced their intention to begin drug testing for all students participating in extracurricular activities. The stated purpose was to force kids to choose between drugs and sports (or chess club, choir, or whatever). The coach of the football team, who was the one who initiated the new plan, said […]

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History of the Church

June 4th, 2003 · Comments Off on History of the Church · christianity, culture, history, metaphysics

I’ve been having an interesting exchange of letters with a cousin I lost touch with twenty years ago. She was Catholic last time I saw her, seems she’s discovered paganism over the last five years. I ended up writing a summary history of Christianity, and realized when I was done that it was the most […]

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