A certain common misconception about natural Jews should be addressed: https://twitter.com/KayaJones/status/1122161371855118341 Sadly, this is run of the mill stuff from American Evangelicals. And it's not because it's 100% wrong; it's because it's a half truth, and half-truths are much more powerful deceivers. So, let's do our best to understand exactly what is meant by this … Continue reading Modern Jews are Not “The Chosen People”
King Ahaz ordered the removal of a portico on the house of the Lord, presumably to use its materials as payment to the king of Assyria. This was a remarkably desperate act; cannibalizing a beautification to the house of the Lord, searching for something of worldly value to sell. He had already given virtually all … Continue reading Ahaz & the Altar
Every human organization's end is very much like its beginnings. As Jeroboam stood where he should not-over an altar, typically reserved to priests- a "man of God" from Judah foretold how the religious portion of Jeroboam's rebellion would be resolved. Jeroboam had claimed for himself the right as king to decide authoritatively on religious matters … Continue reading Jeroboam and the Man of God
Two things are simultaneously true about the current Catholic Church scandals: 1) Scandal is a constant part of human life, especially of large organizations; 2) The present crisis in the Catholic Church is unique and unprecedented and deserves not to have its uniqueness be muddied. Scandal is of a particularly evil quality when the institution … Continue reading On Authority and Scandal
Much has been made of Francis' joint document with Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb of al-Azhar fame. That document created sparks in conservative and traditional outlets primarily because of a particular statement: "The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in his wisdom, through which he created human beings…" … Continue reading Does God will a Multitude of Denominations?
Solomon spent many hours spent seated in the enormous square-roomed summer loft of his palace, where the only external stimulus were cool flowing winds and the ambient tranquility of chirping birds. He had crafted this place as a personal sanctuary away from the imminent concerns of the country. He rarely allowed others into this place, … Continue reading Solomon’s Early Years
In my previous blog post, I reflected on the fact that a set of policy proposals put forth by a self-identified Catholic (The Family Fun Pack, FFP) ended up further enshrining Liberalism, and represents a sort of fealty to the triumph of the liberal order and its institutions. It makes no effort to roll back … Continue reading Thoughts on the “Family Fun Pack”