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First Links — 12.30.13

The Crisis of American Religious PluralismKenneth L. Grasso, Modern AgeDo You Even Want to Win the Culture War?James Chastek, Just ThomismSaving the Art of ConversationMegan Garber, AtlanticIs “Write” Wrong?: A Discussion of Iconology LingoMary Lowell, Orthodox Arts JournalPeter Geach, . . . . Continue Reading »

Yasukuni and Nice Distinctions

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”485”] Photo from the International Business Times[/caption]Last week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe fulfilled an oft-repeated wish to visit Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine while in office. In Shinto belief, the shrine . . . . Continue Reading »

The Mother of All Living

I have been trying to understand why Genesis speaks of the woman’s desire for her husband only after the first disobedience. This requires an understanding of the justice of God in the sequence of three speeches addressed to the serpent, the woman and the man (in that order) in Gen. 3:14-19. I’m . . . . Continue Reading »

T. F. Torrance and Orthodoxy

The latest issue of Participatio takes up the relation of the work of the Scottish theologian T. F. Torrance and Orthodoxy. The very rich (and thick) volume includes a biographical essay, a personal memoir by one of Torrance’s students, now an Orthodox priest; nine substantial papers on . . . . Continue Reading »

The Challenge of Pope Francis

So I did everything I could to make our pope’s teaching a challenge to BIG THINK readers.  It goes without saying that what I said goes without saying he should have said too.  The church should function as a relational, personal counterweight to both individualism and . . . . Continue Reading »

Copts, Pentecostals, Muslims, and Humanists

Eight stories of religion in public life, three of them sad:On the suffering of Christians in Egypt, Silent Night, from Foreign Policy.On Pentecostalism in Malawi, Angels and Demons, also from Foreign Policy.On Charismatics in England, Pentecostalism Invades Lambeth Palace, from Peter . . . . Continue Reading »

The Painful Good

In the story of Genesis, why do we hear of the woman’s desire for her husband only after the first disobedience? The answer must lie in the interlocking meaning of all three speeches in Genesis 3:14-19,  where God speaks in sequence to the serpent, the woman and the man.The common thread of . . . . Continue Reading »



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