A Typical Question about “Good” (Listening to the Saints – Aquinas)

Is something good because God says so? Or does God say something good because it is? This is a common question asked by all sorts of people.  I have had discussions about it on campus with students and driving in the car with friends. If you say the second one is true then you are … Continue reading A Typical Question about “Good” (Listening to the Saints – Aquinas)

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The Mind Matters (or, not everyone leaves Christianity because Christians are jerks)

Why do people leave the Christian faith?  The answer often given is that there is some fault in the Christian community: Christians are judgmental. Christians are old-fashioned.   Christians are not nice. Christians are anti-everything Certainly it is true that many people become disillusioned with faith because of bad experiences with Christians. But not everybody. … Continue reading The Mind Matters (or, not everyone leaves Christianity because Christians are jerks)

Listening to the Saints – Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle (part 3)

This is my third post on Teresa of Avila’s spiritual classic, The Interior Castle.  Read part one and part two. Teresa of Avila's writing is enriching to my soul.  She has gone down in history as one of the most influential of Christian mystics, but she exhibited great humility in her work, saying,  "If you find … Continue reading Listening to the Saints – Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle (part 3)