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Thom Chittom
Product manager, reader, family guy, blogger
Product manager, reader, family guy, blogger

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Rambling Toward a Dogma of Forgetting
"In the practical use of our intellect, forgetting is as important a function as recollecting." ~ William James "As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us" (Psalm 103.12) We tend to automatically think of God's om...

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Pilgrimage to Parnassus
Dear Friends, In Green Hills there is a bookstore named Parnassus Books . You should visit it some time. Each book is hand-chosen by the store owners, and they invite authors to come and read aloud from their books. Parnassus has style. Parnassus also has s...

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Why I Like the Filioque
I like the filioque . There is no question that it is a sixth-century addition to the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed. (It was officially adopted by the church of Rome in the eleventh century.) Nor do I dispute its tragic contribution to the Great Schism be...

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Thoreau's Prophetic Myopia
A recent article by Kathryn Shulz in the New Yorker, " Pond Scum: Henry David Thoreau's Moral Myopia " has some great things to say about self-styled prophets and prophecy. I quote the following:

"One may reach good ends by bad means, and Thoreau did. ‘Not...

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Notes from Class: Can We Say Anything About God?
Dear Friends, Based on your correspondence since my last post, clearly, we have a lot to talk about. In our last class, you wanted to talk about several things: (1) the scroll and the codex, (2) Egyptian deities, (3) the New Testament as a collection or cab...

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A Note from Class: Hallowed
Dear Friends, Last week we began our class saying the Lord's Prayer, also called the "Our Father" and, in Latin, the Pater Noster /PAY-ter NAHS-ter/. (Please note that I list various names and the Latin name because you do sometimes run into them, and it is...

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A Really Bad English Version of the Joint Declaration of German Protestant Churches on the Refugee Crisis
The following is a Google Translate version of a six-point declaration issued and signed September 14, 2015, by the German Protestant churches. "How precious is your steadfast love, O God, that human children have trust in the shadow of your wings!" (Psalm ...

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Make Room for Beauty (Beauty Makes a Man)
Make room for beauty. It is not something we typically do. There are many reasons for this. We all lead busy lives from Tiger cubs on up to the oldest adult. We are distracted. And we are over-advertised. There are too many fireworks, too many explosions. A...

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Creation, soteriology, and the "problem" of the two Adams
I am not concerned with the problem of a first Adam. The fact is, we have no idea what creatio ex nihilo is. We, as the created, only know creatio ex materia . Resurrection is the same way. We think we know what it is, but we really have no more idea than w...

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Sometimes All You Need is Permission
Sometimes all you need is permission. Permission came for me in the words of Orthodox theologian David Bentley Hart. In the March edition of First Things , Hart wrote a column entitled "Reason's Faith" critiquing smug rationalism. And with it he helped me o...
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