Miscellany

The Old Testament and New Testament are each multigenre.  Both have much historical narrative; both have some apocalyptic writing.  Of course, the New Testament quotes the Old Testament, and there are songs, poetry, and prayers in each.  The New Testament lacks a listing of laws per se (no surprise there!).  The New Testament epistles most … [Read more…]

Why Pray?

God already knows what we’re thinking, right, so what’s the point? A short answer is that Jesus taught us how to pray and, what’s more, prayed Himself.  ‘Nuff said. But it makes sense, too.  It is a way re-center our lives around God, a way to ensure we are not ignoring or forgetting Him.  And … [Read more…]

Protestant/Catholic and Truth-Seeking

Apologies beforehand, since I’m no expert on Protestant doctrine and know even less of Catholicism.  But the issue I’m addressing is this:  Is a system of greater individual choice in determining right theology to be preferred over one with more institutional authority? One can answer this question (1) just in terms of which approach is … [Read more…]

Boethius, “The Consolation of Philosophy”

Interesting for intersection of classical thought and Christianity (although not overtly Christian, but monotheistic).  Would love for Sarah Ruden to write about it! Book V, section II:  The more depraved you are the less free will you have; the closer to God you are, the more free will you have. Long discussion in book V … [Read more…]

Is “Cultivating Faith” Dishonest?

In my “600 words” essay, I said that Pascal’s wager should lead us to “cultivate one’s faith.”  Here are some preliminary thoughts on that, and in particular on whether doing so is somehow dishonest. There are different models that can be followed in truth-seeking, and more than one can be legitimate.  For starters, it is … [Read more…]

Pascal’s Wager and the Old Folks

My “600 words” all apply to them, but Pascal’s wager is especially favorable to the old. Consider:  (1) As a preliminary matter, they have less excuse to avoid making their choice. (2) The “next life” considerations are stronger for them, since the next life is closer. (3) The “this life” considerations — and this is … [Read more…]

Books

Over the years, I’ve taken notes on the books I’ve read on Christianity-related topics.  This section of the blogsite will include those notes. The books naturally reflect my own interests and, since in any event I can’t read everything in this area, the list is inevitably to some degree idiosyncratic.  And there are lots of … [Read more…]