Friday, February 27, 2015

Compendium Of Best Pax Posts On Religion

Pope Francis: What Christianity Looks Like When Believers Realize "God Is Love"

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
Devout Christian, Blaise Pascal

My Correspondence With A Christian Fundamentalist: "The Best... Becomes Evil"

The Gospels With The Words Of Jesus In Red

Liberalism: "Satanic Rebellion Against God?" (The Thinking Housewife)

Merry Christmas! How Saint Nicholas Saved Three Sisters From A Life Of Prostitution

"Learning That There's No Santa Taught Me To Believe"
Rich Cohen

Christian "Just War Principles" Established c. 500 A.D. Vs. America's "just war" Tradition

"Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy," A Glimpse Of True Christianity

Mistakes In Scripture: When The Bible Gets The Bible Wrong

"God Enjoys The 10 Plagues Way Too Much"

"Trial By Ordeal: The Bloody Old Testamental Roots Of Modern Justice"

"Christian Conservatism: "The Saved," "The Damned," "The Rich," "The Poor"

Americans, Especially Catholics, Approve Of Inquisitorial Torture

"The Catholic Voice In The Torture Debate," John A. Coleman S.J.

Christianity's Bedrock Commitment To Torture: Remaking Themselves In God's Image

"The Christian Paradox: How A Faithful Nations Gets Jesus Wrong"
Bill McKibben

The Last Time Christians Had Balls They Believed In Martyrdom

"The Rapture" And The Enforcement Of Happiness

"Faith, Hope, Charity And Divine Desperation"

Divine Desperation: Feeling Hopeless Makes People Stop Doing What They Can

"Pax On Both Houses: A Compendium Of Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes"

"Martin Luther King Jr. On Hatred, Violence, Love and Jesus "The Way"

The Inquisition Executed Its Last Victim In 1826, A Spaniard Who Taught Deism

American Divorce: Mainstream Christians Divorce More Often Than Mainstream Atheists"

"American Theocracy," By Kevin Phillips
Christian Defence Of Slavery Preached From The Pulpit

"Prohibition, Noah, Ham And The Curse Of Canaan"

Ayn Rand Really Hated C.S. Lewis And Championed Child Murderer, Dismemberer, Edward Hickman

Despite Disclaimer, The Thinking Housewife Still Carries Torch For Ayn Rand

Compendium Of "Pax" Posts On "The Thinking Housewife," Laura Wood

Saint Peter Was Not Pope

St. Thomas Aquinas, Natural Law, and the Common Good /// Aquinas Quotations

"Aquinas, St. Symeon The New Theologian And Their Spiritual Kin"

John Ford, John Wayne, Aquinas And Theosis (Christian Divinization)

"Since God Doesn't Heal Amputees, Humankind Will. The Future Of Christian Theology"

"Theological Implications Of Ebola: Praying For A Cure? Creating A Scientific Cure"

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

"Just Thinking About Science Triggers Moral Behavior"
Scientific American

G.K. Chesterton Reviews Martin Scorsese's "Wolf Of Wall Street"

Pope Francis Believes Global Warming Is Mostly Man-Made

"Love Your Enemies. Do Good To Those Who Hate You," Luke 6: 27-42

"Do You Know What You're Doing To Me?"
Jesus of Nazareth

Yeshua Excoriates Fellow Pharisees: "The Woe Passages"

"The Politics Of Horror In Conservative Evangelicalism," '09 Outstanding Academic Title"

The Evangelical Persecution Complex (Projection's Finest Hour?)

The United States Is A Singularly Cruel, Vengeful Nation. Solitary Confinement For Kids

G.K. Chesterton: "The Anarchy of The Rich"

G.K. Chesterton and Warren Buffett's Class War

G.K. Chesterton On Charity, Hope And Universal Salvation

G.K. Chesterton Quotations... And More

Pax On Both Houses: Compendium Of G.K. Chesterton Posts

"Any Religion That Needs Fear To Thrive Is Bad Religion"

"Bad Religion: A Compendium"

"The terrible thing about our time is precisely the ease with which theories can be put into practice.  The more perfect, the more idealistic the theories, the more dreadful is their realization.  We are at last beginning to rediscover what perhaps men knew better in very ancient times, in primitive times before utopias were thought of: that liberty is bound up with imperfection, and that limitations, imperfections, errors are not only unavoidable but also salutary. The best is not the ideal.  Where what is theoretically best is imposed on everyone as the norm, then there is no longer any room even to be good.  The best, imposed as a norm, becomes evil.”  
"Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander,” by Trappist monk, Father Thomas Merton

More Merton Quotes

Religion and Perfectionism

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. 
The one who fears is not made perfect in love." 
1 John 4:18

"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." 
Matthew 5:48, King James Version
(Modern translators agree that the word "perfect" is more accurately rendered as "complete.")

"Is Israel The World's Worst Terror State? An Israeli General's Son Thinks So"

"Shark Attacks Rise Worldwide: Risk Assessment And Aquinas' Criteria For Sin"

Compendium Of Pax Posts On Abortion

"Why The Bible Belt Is Its Own Worst Enemy"

If Our Founding Fathers Were All Good Christians, 
Why Did They Say These Things?

Jefferson's Advocacy For Protection Of Jew, Gentile, Mahometan, Hindu And Infidel

TED Talk: Algorithms, Islam And The Anti-Christ

"You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image 
when it turns out God hates all the same people you do."
Tom Weston S. J.

Santa Claus Is More Real Than You Are

The Real Story Of Saint Nicholas
who tossed gold through the open windows of poor people 
so they didn't sell their daughters into prostitution

Love Covers A Multitude Of Sins

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Music by Unitarian Minister, Richard Storrs Willis
Lyrics by Unitarian Minister, Edmund Sears
Written in 1849, it has long been assumed to be Sears' response to the just ended Mexican-American War. Sears' pacifism would take second place to his commitment to abolishing slavery in the Civil War, but his carol remains, repeated all over the world every year. Probably more than any other Christmas carol, it talks about today — his day or our day. It says that the call to peace and goodwill to all is as loud on any other day as it was on that midnight of old, if we would but listen "in solemn stillness."

"Good Romans" Considered Jesus' Torture Necessary For Imperial Safety

Dependable Miraculousness: "Seek First God's Justice And All Things Will Be Added Unto You"

Compendium Of Wendell Berry Pax Posts

Wendell Berry: "Christ Did Not Come To Found An Organized Religion"

Wendell Berry Takes Literally John's Statement That "God Loves The World"

  1. "Republicans For Revolution," A Study In Anarchic Apocalypticism

Time To Expunge Catholicism Of Traditions & Texts That Represent God As A Terrorist

Chesterton: Plenty Of Books Denounce Lust But What Of Those That Encourage Greed

Consumerism: Thrift And Thriving. Vice And Viciousness

Greed Is Good: A 300 Year History Of The Idea That "Vice" Is "Virtue"

Capitalist Pigs And Avarice: The Pathognomic "Deadly Sin" Of Our Age

Capitalism, The Greatest Productive Engine EVER, Is Destroying The United States

"Mormonism Is Not A Christian Religion. Founding Prophet Joseph Smith Was A Sex Pervert"

New York Times: It's Official. Mormon Founder, Joseph Smith, Had Up To 40 Wives

"War, Peace And Political Manipulation: Quotations"

Best Posts From "Pax On Both Houses"

Thomas Jefferson On The Persistent Inclination To Vilify Virtue

The Road To Hell Is Paved With Paralytic Fear Precluding Experience Of Heaven

A Friend Thinks This Is The Most Important Christmas Song Ever Written

Today Is The 100th Anniversary Of The WWI Christmas Truce

Jesus Walks Back Comments On Poor

Making Money Off Miracles: The Gospel Of Televangelists

"The Idea Of Christ Is Much Older Than Christianity." 
"The Soul Is By Nature Christian."

The Lost Art Of Catholic Drinking

What Second Amendment Evangelists Fail To Understand About Their Opposition

Pope Innocent III Condemned Archery At The Second Lateran Council, 1139 A.D.

"The Man Born Blind": Jesus Overturns The Core Supposition Of The Ancient World

"The Poor Are More Than Twice As Charitable As The Rich"

"Most Of The Rich Think The Poor Have It Easy," Washington Post

Are Highly Religious People Less Compassionate?

Bibliolatry... And How To Live Happily Ever After

"Protestants and Frequent Churchgoers Most Supportive of Iraq War"

More Catholic Than The Pope: The Radical Catholic Traditionalist Movement

What Catholic Traditionalists -- And Other Christian Conservatives -- "Don't Get"
 Evangelicals LOVE Donald Trump: 
We Are Known By The Company We Keep

"Why The Catholic Church Must Change: A Necessary Conversation"

"War, Peace And Political Manipulation: Quotations"

Biblical Literalists: Please Weigh In These Passages From Deuteronomy And Acts

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor: "My Stroke Of Insight?

Greed Is Good: A Dangerous 300 Year History Of The Idea That Greed Is Good
(The Role Of Usury) 

Indiana's "Religious Bigotry Law": The Re-Legaliztion Of Segregation

What Happened When Dutch Interviewers Disguised The Cover Of The Bible As The Qur'an

What's Wrong With The Abrahamic Religions: Absolutism, Scriptural Inerrancy, Bloodlust

Pastor John Piper "discusses the vexing problem of God ordering the mass killing of every Canaanite man, woman, and child."

ISIS And The Inquisition: The Shadow Side Of Religion. Why Does Belief Do This?

"What ISIS Really Wants" And How The Patriarch Abraham Appears To Be The Instigator

Christianity's Bedrock Commitment To Torture: Remaking "The Faithful" In God's Image

Time For Catholicism To "Shelve" Traditions And Texts That Represent God As A Terrorist

Biblical Literalism: Not Only Impossible But Destructive Of Meaning And Souls

UNC-CH Professor Bart D. Ehrman:
Biblical Exegete And Former Christian Evangelical
The Bible and Textual Analysis

Best Pax Posts On Religion

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