Measuring Spirituality: Discernment Exercise BY: Denis Haack Given the wide-spread interest in spirituality today, it probably isn’t surprising that a psychologist has proposed a way to gauge “spiritual intelligence.” But a spirituality measure requires discernment.
Babylon Series: Part 14 Responding to shifting sand BY: Denis Haack Christians assume that we can keep using the same arguments to convince each generation of the truth of Christianity. But that isn’t true. If we respond to new questions with old arguments, we make Christianity appear irrelevant.
Callings: Twenty Centuries of Christian Wisdom on Vocation (William C. Placher, 2005) BY: Denis Haack Callings is a rich resource, especially for those of us who do not have easy access to a large university library. Here in one volume is Justin Martyr, Athanasius, and Augustine; Bernard of Clairvaux, Aquinas, and Thomas á Kempis; Martin Luther, John Calvin, and William Perkins; Sren Kierkegaard, Dorothy Sayers, Karl Barth, and so many more.
Two Poems by Natasha Heller BY: Natasha Heller We have long believed that one test of being too busy is whether we have time for poetry—if not, we are too busy. Poetry resists being rushed, insisting instead that the words, phrases, lines and metaphors be savored, slowly, as if words woven together with truth and beauty really mattered. It is a pleasure to introduce Natasha Heller in her first submission to Critique.
Where Least Expected BY: Denis Haack Why warn the Jewish exiles about their own spiritual leaders instead of the Babylonians? Would not the pagan beliefs, values, and lifestyles of their captors constitute a far greater danger to true spirituality than the errors of their own prophets?
Repose in Grace BY: Denis Haack “John Calvin believed that an unredeemed life keeps oscillating back and forth between pride (‘I’ve made it!’) and despair (‘I’ll never make it!’). In his view, redemption gives people security, or (one of Calvin’s favorite words) repose. His idea was that those who lean into God’s grace and let it hold them up can then drop some of their performance anxiety.”
The Matrix: Reloaded (Andy and Larry Wachowski, 2003) BY: Denis Haack In The Matrix Reloaded, the Wachowskis provide us a glimpse of Zion, the last refuge of the human race in the war with the machines. The temple/sex scene is crucial because it is not only in the heart of Zion, it has religious meaning as a final assembly to prepare for the last desperate battle for survival.
Rap Artists’ Use of Women BY: Luke Bobo “Oh Dad, you are always preaching. You’re old fashioned and reading too much into these videos!” My overlooked point was that these rap music videos are not neutral. They communicate cogently clear and subtle messages. Namely, many of the rap music videos tend to objectify or de-humanize women.
Faster BY: Margie Haack Although I'm convinced most of us travel too fast for our own good, and need to join me in a little ranting about the speed of life, I have reason to notice it more because I have less choice about my speed. It is slower and slower.
I love my neighbor as myself but only because I don’t much care for myself.
- Garrison Keillor
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