How do we learn what we know? Most of us assume our brains are banks where we deposit data, the available balance representing what we know. But the metaphor falls short—especially when applied to Christian formation. Thankfully, James K. A. Smith’s new book, You Are What You Love, … Continue Reading →
Modern Christianity is very self focused and individualistic. But Paul compares us to a body, each part relying on all the others. Have we forgotten how radically dependent we really are?
Christians in the early church regularly fasted, but the practice could vary place to place. So when Augustine’s mother Monica moved, she was stumped. Should she follow the fasting regimen of her home church in Carthage or her new church in Milan? Augustine couldn’t provide a definitive answer. … Continue Reading →
In his book, Letters to a Young Contrarian, atheist provocateur Christopher Hitchens advised “permanent engagement with those who think they posses what cannot be possessed. Time spent in arguing with the faithful is, oddly enough, almost never wasted.” That line came back to me as I thought about … Continue Reading →
The word angel means messenger in Greek, and the witness of scripture and many ancient Christian writers suggests one of the main jobs angels undertake is to act as courier for our prayers. The archangels Raphael and Gabriel both identify themselves as angels who stand in the presence … Continue Reading →