On Athens and Jerusalem

“What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem? What concord is there between the Academy and the Church? What between heretics and Christians? Our instruction comes from ‘the porch of Solomon.’…. Away with all attempts to produce a mottled Christianity of Stoic, Platonic, and dialectic composition!….With our faith, we desire no further belief.” Tertullian, De…

Gerd Luedemann, Secularist

Gerd Luedemann, who recently took Pope Benedict XVI to task for taking Scripture seriously, responds to April DeConick’s call for posts about Athens and Jerusalem by acknowledging he has completely surrendered to Athens. His contribution is a repost of a piece he wrote a couple of years ago, “Why I’m a Secularist.” However it may…

Athens and Jerusalem

April DeConick of Rice University has some thoughts about Athens and Jerusalem, and has invited others to blog on the subject. I may post later, once I catch up with other things. Here’s the fuller stating of the question: “What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem? What concord is there between the Academy and…

Clergy Vocations

Catholic World Report on the best and worst dioceses in recruiting seminarians. Galveston-Houston remains near the bottom despite having had two bishops in a row (ten years in my personal memory) who insisted this was a major priority. It would be even worse off if not for foreign seminarians. So what’s the reason? Is it…

Compact Flourescent Bulbs

Did you hear about the recommendations of what to do if a compact fluorescent bulb breaks? How much mercury can actually be in one of these things? Surely not as much as was in a thermometer–and who hasn’t broken one of those? Some friends and I were talking the other day, before this report, and…

“Christian Ramadan”

Rod Dreher notes that in some places Christianity is having to be defined with reference to Islam–Lent as the “Christian Ramadan,” Gabriel as the angel who would later appear to Mohammad. Is this because of a pandering to Muslims? Is it  because of an increase of Muslims? Or is it because so many (including journalists)…