suffering and the respect for life

We just passed the one year anniversary of Japan’s devastating earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear accident. But we still hear and read and experience suffering in all kinds of manifestations. The suffering can be anything from some kind of horrible tragedy to something like chronic depression. It comes in all…

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inappropriate tees #1

This guy simply isn’t thinking. Even if it’s true, you don’t say it in this way in this context. Our preciously held theology works when confined to our little worlds. Insert that same theology in the world of another and it might not make sense. But trying to understand human…

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Let’s Admit the Silence

Prayer does nothing to alleviate suffering. (Ferriera in Shusaku Endo’s Silence). Certainly upon this we must agree. Or perhaps not. I remember in March last year I wrote a post called “I’ve Never Seen a Miracle”. The flack that ensued was surprising. First of all, I didn’t think all that…

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in advocacy of agony

“… there is no proper public, no listener to adequately receive their testimony” (Slavoj Žižek) Surely the key feature of Christianity is its advocacy of agony. Primo Levi suggested that Hitler did things so appalling to Jews in concentration camps that no one would believe it unless they had been…

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