Around St. Blog’s Parish

February 12, 2004 | one comment

I’ve been browsing around around among our cofreres.

Here’s a gay Catholic’s reflection on Christian love and homosexual attraction, via Eve Tushnet, who herself has emerged from a background of bisexual experience.

Christ said that a house divided against itself cannot stand, and simply to recognize God’s law, even if I fail completely to obey it, divides the deadly sins against themselves within my heart. Because as soon as I admit that chastity is good, every sexual sin strikes a blow at my pride, my delusion of my own righteousness. Even if I make no progress in chastity, the repeated acknowledgement of my failure, leads to an ever-deepening humility, and the recognition that my salvation can only come from God.

If weaknesses become strengths, I often think that the faithful Saints to whom God has given gayness are meant to be our knights and our captains.

Eve Tushnet also has a post on the great literature that would be impossible without Catholicism. She mentions A Canticle for Liebowitz, which is the best SF story I have ever read. Anyway, her post makes me think the Mormon Shakespeare debate is not only about demonstrating to ourselves that we are indeed being moved on by the Spirit, but also about showing that certain things of great beauty would be impossible without restored truth.

Here is Christianity Today’s review and collection of links on the Passion, which I’m still mulling over viewing (via Amy Welborn).

I meant to include Christus Victor but their site was down.
Josiah N. has an interesting post on the possible relationships between Intelligent Design arguments and evolutionary theory. He concludes, surprisingly,
It doesn’t seem appropriate to teach Intelligent Design theory in more than a minimal way even on the assumption that the theory is true and that there is no Constitutional impediment to doing so.

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One Response to Around St. Blog’s Parish

  1. Russell Arben Fox on February 12, 2004 at 7:02 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more about A Canticle for Liebowitz. Melissa and both devoured that book when we first discovered it (I picked it up out of a retiring professor’s “donation” pile at Catholic University, if you can believe that). Brilliant science fiction, and an moving meditation on history (and the philosophy of such) as well. A definite must read.


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