Want to see how un-Christlike you are? Try raising kids

If you’re looking for a gauge to measure how un-Christlike you are, try raising kids. At least that works pretty well for me. In The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis speaks of “the bad manners of parents to children.” Ahem. Guilty. A while back, for instance, I yelled at my eldest. I really let him have it. When he was rude an hour later, my wife, Megan, corrected him. “In our home we…

When the holy fathers say ‘Get it on’

Some people have it in their heads that ancient Christians frowned on sex. They might allow that the average parishioner liked to—in decidedly anachronistic language—get it on. But the idea that this might be sanctioned by their priests and bishops doesn’t fit the stereotype. Aren’t all these preachers and theologians sour old killjoys? Maybe Augustine, but that’s a little unfair to the man. His views on sex are complicated by a few…

The vital importance of gifting faith to our children

Christmas is just days away. Among other things, it’s a time we associate with giving and receiving gifts. But one of the most important gifts we give is not one found under the tree. Two stories, one in First Things, another in the New York Times, ran earlier this month about the role parents should play in educating their children regarding religion. Both stories turn on the question of whether it is…