Tag: evil

On vampires.

Not once, not twice have I seen condescension on the faces of people who learn that I am a fan of such TV shows as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.” (This is a bit off topic for today, but anything by Joss Whedon is gold in my book. Start watching Buffy from season 4, though. Go …

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On Satan and what makes a Christian. Part 2.

Continued from “On Satan and What Makes a Christian. Part 1.” So here we are. There is no evil in the Hebrew Bible. Only sin. By the time Jesus of Nazareth walks the Earth, however – by the time nascent Christianity begins to develop its terms and concepts – by the time New Testament writers formulate …

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On Satan and what makes a Christian. Part 1.

We never know when we might engage in debates on religion. On theology, cosmology, faith… My most recent one occurred on Thanksgiving, in the company of family and friends, who happened to be a diverse bunch of atheists, agnostics, a Russian Orthodox Christian, and yours truly Catholic Christian. Our conversation, attended by all and with …

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On the ingredients of faith.

Faith is love and hope. Yes, faith has ingredients – look, and you will see them. I see them because I didn’t have them both for the longest time: the time I was dying of faithlessness. I see them because this is how it came to me: in parts, and assembled into a whole. Because …

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On Hell. Part II: psychopathy.

For my regular readers, I believe – I hope – I have already established my conviction that God is Love. It is not an axiom; it is one of the pillars of my cosmology: the theory upon which all other theories stand. I have been painting my “big picture” in broad strokes of the brush, …

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On Hell. Part I.

But what of hell? If no soul is lost, if all things, all joy and suffering, every struggle and resentment, every death and birth are part of Creation coming into perfection—part of the process, perhaps, as pain and blood accompany birth of a child—then what of hell? Is there? Can there be? Why would there be anything cast out of the Kingdom of Heaven?

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