Monthly Archives: November 2011

Is implicit bias sinful?

There’s an interesting discussion of Implicit bias and moral culpability over at Feminist Philosophers. As philosophers, they have posed the question in terms of moral culpability; as a theologian, I will use the language of sinfulness.

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Powers, Principalities, and Structural Sin

I’m reading through Lesslie Newbigin’s The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, and was struck by his chapter “Principalities, Powers, and People”. He revisits the uses of Paul’s language of powers and principalities, which have been generally interpreted as elements of … Continue reading

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Missa Est

Gracious God, we thank you for the gift of the 1970 ICEL missal, which we now put to rest at the direction of the bishop of Rome. In its words, for the first time in centuries, generations of English-speaking Catholics … Continue reading

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Talent and Economics

This past weekend, our first reading was a passage from the book of Proverbs on the value of a good, talented, diligent wife. I listened to that reading and wondered what gospel passage it could possibly be pointing to. I … Continue reading

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What do we mean by “God”?

I was privileged to attend both a seminar and a public lecture by Dr. Miroslav Volf last week, and I’ll be posting bits about them periodically as I have time. The topic of his lecture was “Do Muslims and Christians … Continue reading

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Bumper sticker

Bumper sticker seen in the church parking lot this morning: When Jesus said love your enemies, I’m pretty sure he meant don’t kill them.

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Amazing Grace

One of the things that is optional in the Catholic Mass is a communal song of praise and thanksgiving after communion. This has never made sense to me in terms of the flow of the liturgy, and I’ve never been … Continue reading

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Wisdom and Foolish Virgins

It isn’t often that I can guess from the first reading what the gospel is going to be, but our passage from Wisdom 6:12-16 telegraphed it pretty clearly: Resplendent and unfading is wisdom, and she is readily perceived by those … Continue reading

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Recognizing the church: Marks, or Streams?

As a Roman Catholic who grew up reciting the Nicene Creed at every mass, I am accustomed to a paradigm in which we recognize the true church by the four creedal marks: one, holy, catholic[1], and apostolic. (Then of course, … Continue reading

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