"Seek out the society of your boon companions, drink, play, talk bawdy, and amuse yourself. One must sometimes commit a sin out of hate and contempt for the Devil, so as not to give him the chance to make one scrupulous over mere nothings…" –Luther

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I work at Microsoft, I’m married, I have two kids. I have a degree in Linguistics, but somehow I wound up a programmer. That’s okay, because I love my job. I recently became an Orthodox catachumen.

Newness should give us a reason for skepticism, but skepticism isn’t the same thing as outright rejection. It’s possible for innovations to be found healthy and good, and possible for old things to be judged corrupt. The length of the tradition supporting a particular practice or idea is, indeed, a strong argument in its favor, […]

What Fearsome said.

Why do you have to retreat into a Christian subculture to be defiant and counter-cultural? How do you propose to be counter-cultural, if not by belonging to a counter-culture? This is a serious question. It seems like you want Christians to have a distinct set of morals and lifestyle, but without that distinctness actually separating […]

After discussion with my wife, we agreed to cancel our WV sponsorships and move the money to a different organization. When we talked about it, we remarked that if World Vision weren’t presenting itself as a Christian organization, we wouldn’t have the least problem with this. We have no expectation for non-Christians to behave according […]

Chris, if obesity activism and “Pride Pride” were being used as pretexts to harass Christian businesses, defame the Church, and vilify traditional Christianity, then I’d react the same way. However, at the moment this is where the enemy has decided to attack the Church, and this is where I want Christian organizations that ask for […]

This is the first I’d heard about World Vision. My wife and I currently support them, but I suspect that we’ll be moving our money elsewhere after we discuss this. I don’t have time to support Christian organizations that are afraid to be, you know, <i>Christian</i>.

Here’s an extremely interesting article about Why Methodists don’t go to heaven. Don’t worry, it’s not actually about Methodists (much). Instead, it’s about how measuring success by popularity is pretty much guaranteed to wreck the church.

Well, it has to be someone surprising, so let’s guess “Martin Luther”.

I feel like you guys are talking past each other. Both of the following are true: Many of the poor in America and elsewhere are poor for reasons beyond their control, and they do not have any easy way of remedying that situation Nothing does more to guarantee that you stay in poverty than an […]

Actually, mass famine is a major plot point of The DIspossessed. And that’s why it’s a brilliant book, and one that I think FT would actually like quite a bit. It’s simultaneously an apology and a brutal critique of anarcho-socialism, and it’s possible to read it and come away with radically different conclusions about what […]