Tag: Belief

The Temptation to Doubt: Was it God … or Just a Thing?

 

I didn’t sleep much last night, which isn’t very different from every other night, but last night I had something new on my mind. Images of my mother’s ravaged body after decades of experimental drugs administered by heinous injections intended to treat her RA, which they did, but they also slowly killed her off in so many other ways.

She was hospitalized in the late ‘90s, and while still in what would be a weeks-long coma, I stood alone at her bedside in the ICU shortly after she’d suffered a severe brainstem stroke. Being the self-righteous prig that I sometimes was back then (and still can be now), I said something like, “Well Mom, this is how things go when you make poor choices.”

Yes, I really said that … or something close to that.

Why All Catholics Should Believe

 

A recent Pew study showed that two-thirds of Catholics do not believe in the Real Presence of Christ in communion. I was dismayed at this not because I am a champion of this teaching but because I believe that people of faith should wholeheartedly believe what their faith teaches. Otherwise, what’s the point?

Here is a little back story. At the last supper in the upper room, Jesus held forth the bread and wine and said, “This is my body, this is my blood. Eat in remembrance of me.” Most Christians (with the exception of Quakers and the Salvation Army) believe that this meal is to be reenacted in our worship today.

While there is debate over little stuff (how often, wine vs. grape juice, etc.), the substantive controversy has to do with the metaphysical aspect of this reenactment.

Quote of the Day: Belief

 

“When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.” – G.K. Chesterton

All one has to do is look at the antics of the Democrats, especially their leaders, to realize the truth of Chesterton’s statement. They seem ready to latch onto any crack-brained idea and pursue it with the tenacity of a terrier after a rat.

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The following is a family story that was passed to me. It deals with a certain personality and made a point that was useful. Many, many years ago Grady and his young brother-in-law Monroe would make some drives on old route 29 passing from Yadkin to the railroad oriented town of Spencer. With the railroad […]

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What will I believe? Here are examples of what I am not talking about: Ideas of right and wrong Ideas of human nature The value of life As important as these beliefs are, these are not the most fundamental. These are second order answers, particulars, really corollaries of a larger first premise. So what is […]

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The path of a religious person is not easy. It isn’t intended to be difficult (I believe), but at times we may perceive it that way: rules, dogma, rituals, traditions are legion. Some of us “pick and choose” what we practice, and our religion may allow for that. For others, the demands may seem antiquated, […]

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Unless you’re a big Public Radio fan or live north of the 49th, the name Jian Ghomeshi probably doesn’t mean a whole heck of a lot to you. He is, by most accounts, both a reliable lefty and a bit of a rogue. Born in London to Iranian parents he was raised in a more-or-less […]

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On Belief, or, How to Answer Stupid Questions

 

image-881439I am a Vegan. For what ever reason, many of my lefty acquaintances assume that makes me a lefty as well. I never hide my gun-toting harsh libertarians ways; but the combination of being an Indian woman and vegan carries some assumptions on other people’s part – left and right.

Some of my lefty friends consider themselves to be environmentalists. I think I am one too. However I was always suspicious of the Global warming alarmist. The assumption that I am lefty continues, of course, because I have a whole house solar system. My motivation is  perhaps not the same as that of others. I live in Florida, have lived through many a hurricanes, and I also buy zombie killer ammo and hoard grains – but I digress…

So, when people ask me: “Do you believe in Global Warming?” my response is always: “I did not think it was a matter of belief.” I leave it at that and let them build their stories around it.

Richard Dawkins Is the Best Argument for Religion

 

Atheist Pope Richard Dawkins has bared his barren soul yet again, this time on Twitter.

Earlier today, someone mused how they would handle a pregnancy if the fetus was found to have Down syndrome, calling it a serious ethical dilemma. Pish posh! Matters of life and death are dead simple to Professor Dawkins.