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Religious Community, Social Justice, Incarcerated Youth: An Interview with Terri Stewart

Joy, Spirituality
My assigned topic here for Wednesdays is joy.  Sometimes I hit my assignment more obliquely than others. Today though, I submit that there are few things more joyful than connecting with others whose interests and values align with our own.  So with great joy, I offer you the opportunity to learn more about Terri Stewart, who founded this blog. I "met" Terri online in 2011 when I visited Beguine Again, which at that time was entitled Cloaked Monk. "Beguine" Again - after the Beguines, a lay semi-monastic Christian order of the 13th-16th centuries in Northern Europe. It was committed to - among other things - caring for the sick and the poor. I was impressed with Terri's commitment to spiritual ritual and her openness to the wisdom and beauty in religious traditions, including traditions
Of God, SETI, Science, and the "Wall Street Journal"

Of God, SETI, Science, and the "Wall Street Journal"

anthropic principle, Article Review, Atheism, Challenge, Christianity, conservatism, Creation, critical judgment, Ecology, epistemology, extraterrestrial intelligences, Human Condition, Milky Way, monotheism, Nature, Philosophy, Religion, Science, Skeptic, Spirituality, teleology, Theology, wonder
There are some times when I am less skeptical about God than at other times. Back in late October I wrote a post entitled “SETI and Religion: Why We Need Little Green Men”. Now, that post was about the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (hence the SETI acronym), but in that post, as a kind of sidebar, I also alluded to the tendency of Americans, as by a wide margin the most religious of all First World nations, to systematically misrepresent, misunderstand, and misinterpret current scientific theories in order to fit the Procrustean bed of Americans’ often-bombastic and covertly insecure religiosity:  like the victims of the inkeeper Procrustes in the Greek myth, science is often trimmed to fit faith. Well … in what a more theistically devout believer than I might see as an ad hoc d
Understanding the Religious Right … Or Maybe Not

Understanding the Religious Right … Or Maybe Not

Christian Church, Christianity, conservatism, Consitution, Ideology, Politics, Reformation, Religion, Scripture, Sexuality, Spirituality, Theology, Tolerance
OK ... 'fess-up time! I'm sure this will not make anyone choke on their beer and pork rinds, least of all anyone who even superficially knows me, but ... well ... here goes ... I don't understand the religious right. OK ... that's it ... I don't understand the religious right. Four master's degrees, adjunct faculty (once upon a time) at 2 universities, published criticism of the poetry and prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins in some fashionably obscure postmodernist academic journals ... visiting Fellow at Exeter College, Oxford, 1988 ... so I’m good at understanding stuff. But I don't understand the religious right ... Why? Well ... OK ... here's the thing, or at least a Reader's Digest condensed version thereof. The religious right comprises Protestant denominations that, whatever their