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All That Is Solid Dissolves Into Air

When the air becomes heated hotter than the smith’s forge And the pillars of the earth begin to falter under the heat and pressure When cynicism strips away every foundation, every dream, every hope And all that is solid dissolves … Continue reading

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The Place of Authority 3-2:Byzantium, Triangles and the Quest for Stasis

One of the things I’ve been doing as I took an extended break from my more historical work on the place of authority within society and religion was to do some broader thinking about where this all might be heading … Continue reading

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Climbing Out of the Rabbit Hole: Walking Away from Post-Modernity

I’ve probably been spending too much time with philosophy lately, and I know that many people don’t ask the same type of questions that I do, but I am curious-I like a good challenge. I am willing to take an … Continue reading

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Something Different: Are We Losing Faith in Religion?

On the front page of yesterday’s Omaha World-Herald the central story was “Are We Losing Faith in Religion?” The article highlights Gallup’s 2012 survey on the Confidence of Institutions which has been taken annually since 1973. To me this is not … Continue reading

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The Place of Authority 2-6: The Constantinian Revolution Part 2-Councils, Canons and Creeds

Icon of the Council of Nicea I mentioned in an early post (see the Place of Authority 2-3) that Christianity came into contact with the Greek culture and even though Christianity attempted to remain true to its Jewish roots, the … Continue reading

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The Place of Authority 2-5: The Constantinian Revolution Part 1-The Rise of Power and the Crisis of Authenticity

Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given … Continue reading

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The Place of Authority 2-4: The Practices of the Early Church

Baptism Fresco on the Catacombs of St. Marcellinus and Peter, Via Labicana, Rome, Italy There are two ways, one of life and one of death, but a great difference between the two ways. The way of life, then, is this: … Continue reading

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