Posts Tagged ‘God’

Where is God in a pandemic? Comments 0

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Last summer I underwent radiation treatment. And every time I passed through the doorway marked “Radiation Oncology,” my heart seemed to skip a beat. While I was in little danger (my tumour was benign, and, yes, one sometimes needs radiation for that), I daily met people who were close to death. Every weekday for six Read more

The feeling of God Comments 0

Monday, March 2nd, 2020
Joy Cowley

There is a popular story about four blind men who wanted to know what an elephant was. They stood around an elephant and the first blind man grabbed the rail. “An elephant is a thick rope,” he said. The second mam felt the elephant’s leg. “No,” he said. “The elephant is a strong pillar.” Blind Read more

Are children hardwired to believe in God? Comments 0

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

University of Oxford developmental psychologist Dr. Olivera Petrovich has spent years researching a single question: Are children predisposed to belief in a transcendent being? This research, much deserving of greater exposure, intrigued me, since I have engaged atheism’s most prominent modern proponents. I chaired three of atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins’s debates with his Read more

Wooden necklace from mum turns out to be Rosary beads Comments 0

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Naomi Fong’s mum saw she had an interest in Christianity and bought her a beaded wooden necklace with a cross on it when she was 15 years old. At the time, living with her family in New Zealand, Naomi was a believer but unbaptised, wandering the online wilderness through “anti-Catholic” websites searching for “something more”. Read more

Where is God when a mother dies in childbirth? Comments 0

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

You know that instant alarm you feel when a loved one’s normal voice on the phone is not normal? I knew something was wrong by the way my daughter said, “Mom?” A mother’s mind races in a thousand directions at that tone. What happened? What happened was indeed tragic, horrible, unbelievable: Her friend May had Read more

God: Present in every encounter Comments 0

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

The term “LGBT” was used for the first time in a Vatican document. The working document for the 2018 Synod on the Youth noted, “Some LGBT youth…wish to benefit from greater closeness and experience greater care by the Church.” Sister Monica Astorga, an Argentinian Discalced Carmelite Nun, has been working with transgender women since 2005. Read more

God is not Digital Comments 0

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Young people may use digital and social media, but what we ultimately desire lies far beyond it. “Digital pastoral care” as a way to meet young people where they are remains a main topic of conversation for bishops and auditors at the Synod on the Youth. Bishops are aware that young people, many of whom Read more

It’s getting harder to talk about God Comments 0

Monday, October 29th, 2018
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More than 70 percent of Americans identify as Christian, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to them. An overwhelming majority of people say that they don’t feel comfortable speaking about faith, most of the time. During the Great Depression, the playwright Thornton Wilder remarked, “The revival in religion will be a rhetorical problem — Read more

Did God create evil Comments 0

Monday, October 8th, 2018
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In Kenya there is a common call and response: “God is good” the speaker calls out and almost reflexively the room answers, “All the time, for that is his nature.” But if God is good, all the time, why is there evil? This is one of the oldest and most persistent human questions for Christian Read more

Is God male? Changes afoot in Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018
god male

The terms for God, in the poetic language of the prayers written for centuries, have almost always been male: Father. King. Lord. And in the Episcopal Church, the language of prayer matters. The Book of Common Prayer, the text used in every Episcopal congregation, is cherished as a core element of Episcopal identity. This week, Read more