Monthly Archives: December 2015

“We Are Servants, Not Messiahs”

  Below is the Vatican’s English translation of the Pope’s talk last Monday: Dear brothers and sisters, I am pleased to offer heartfelt good wishes for a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year to you and your co-workers, to the … Continue reading

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FREE Guide –> How to Easily Read the Whole Bible in 2016

We’re right around the corner from 2016, so now is a good time to ask yourself: Why not commit to reading the entire Bible in 2016? It’s not as hard as you might think. The Bible contains around 775,000 words. … Continue reading

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A Medieval Antidote to ISIS

Originally at: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/21/opinion/a-medieval-antidote-to-isis.html by Mustafa Akyol ISTANBUL — THE recent massacres in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., demonstrated, once again, the so-called Islamic State’s ability to win over disaffected Muslims. Using a mixture of textual literalism and self-righteous certainty, the extremist group … Continue reading

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‘Star Wars’: The return of the transcendent

Originally at: http://www.cruxnow.com/life/2015/12/26/star-wars-the-return-of-the-transcendent/ by Charles C. Camosy “Daddy, he’s real.” She had seen computer-generated Yoda from the prequels, but upon seeing the actual puppet in “The Empire Strikes Back,” Simon Pegg’s daughter couldn’t contain her wonder. When Pegg (who has a cameo … Continue reading

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Last-minute politics overshadow historic pan-Orthodox council

Originally at: http://www.religionnews.com/2015/12/18/last-minute-politics-overshadow-historic-pan-orthodox-council/ by Tom Heneghan PARIS (RNS) A religious summit last held more than 1,200 years ago suddenly risks being downgraded or postponed because of Syria’s four-year civil war. This unexpected twist has come as the world’s Orthodox churches, the second-largest ecclesial … Continue reading

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Joyous Surrender: A Rhapsody in Red (and Green)

Originally at: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/12/16183/ by Joseph Bottum I love the elegant Christmas-dining pictures in Bon Appétit. The holiday dishes and cutlery in the pricey Williams-Sonoma catalogue. The winter ornaments and widgets arranged so beautifully by Restoration Hardware. The season’s advertisements in the New Yorker, the Sunday Times magazine, House Beautiful, and … Continue reading

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Christmas and Western Civilization

Originally at http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/12/16174/ by Carson Holloway The holiday season has many traditions, some ancient, some modern. Among the most recent is a paradoxical one: complaints, yearly renewed, about the public recognition of Christmas as a religious celebration. As these observances get underway, … Continue reading

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