The Worldview of New Ecclesial Movements

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In recent weeks I’ve been reading Sorting Out Catholicism: A Brief History of the New Ecclesial Movements by Massimo Faggioli, the 2014 translation of his 2008 original Italian volume. It has been a fascinating read, and one particular part I read this afternoon is worthy of being shared in its entirety: In terms of worldviews, it […]

The Responsibilities for Theology


…Ford (2000) posits three responsibilities for theology. In the first instance, theology has responsibilities to churches and religious communities, to help them better understand themselves and their place in the world. This aligns closely with the definition of theology we considered with Anselm earlier. Second, theology has responsibilities to the other academic disciplines: it must […]

Enforcing Orthodoxy


An interesting editorial comment in the 20 January edition of The Tablet touching on the way in which opinions expressed by someone that are contrary to the accepted ‘orthodoxy’ (a word I use with some trepidation) are censored and condemned merely because they are contrary to the accepted ‘orthodoxy’. It is a phenomenon we often see […]

In Search of Democratic Equality

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…citizens of the Western democracies, and Americans in particular, no longer understand the concept of democracy itself. This, perhaps more than anything, has corroded the relationship between experts and citizens. The relationship between experts and citizens is not “democratic.” All people are not, and can never be, equally talented or intelligent. Democratic societies, however, are […]

I’d Like An Argument Please


Public debate over almost everything devolves into trench warfare, in which the most important goal is to establish that the other person is wrong. Sensible differences of opinion deteriorate into a bad high school debate in which the objective is to win and facts are deployed like checkers on a board – none of this […]

The Problem of Ignorance


…The United States is now a country obsessed with the worship of its own ignorance. It’s not just that people don’t know a lot about science or politics or geography; they don’t, but that’s an old problem. And really, it’s not even a problem, insofar as we live in a society that works because of […]

A Presidential Style Politics?


“The rise and rise of presidential-style politics has infected every aspect of the way politicians’ days are shaped. In Question Time, almost all the questions go to the prime minister, rather than his or her ministers. The driving force is getting the “grab” for the evening news. The days when an Opposition would ask questions […]

Fallout of Foggy Memories


“This world of foggy memories – and mediocre politics – has often helped take us back to the political equivalent of debating science versus religion. It has cleared the way for a vapid politics of three-word slogans and the “cheap corn” of appealing to our basest instincts and self-interest. It has cleared the way for […]

The Loss of Institutional Memory


“Much is said about the dumbing-down of politics; the 24-hour news cycle; too much polling and poll-driven politics; the decline of community involvement in political organisations; the rise of the political professional; and the decline of “real-life” experience among our politicians. Without doubt, these all play a role. But elements that I think are regularly […]