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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Some links

- At the British Jesuit site, Thinking Faith ... Marriage: What’s in a name? by John Moffatt SJ. It's a pretty thoughtful article which strives to give both sides of the issue of marriage equality. Fr. Moffatt ends the article in a way that I think supports marriage equality, which is fairly remarkable given the British Catholic Church's antipathy toward the Marriage Act. He writes at the end ... We may well discover that people are more adaptable than we thought, and (perhaps) that letting go of some sincerely-held beliefs need not mean the end of civilisation.

- From National Geographic: With Rim Fire Near, A Look at Yosemite’s History With Fire

- From the Washington Post, and article by Fr. Roy Bourgeois: Does the Catholic Church really respect women, or the men who support them?

- There's an article at First Things about Hans Urs von Balthasar: Why Von Balthasar Was Wrong About Holy Saturday by Stephen H. Webb. That reminded me of some similar past articles ...

- Balthasar, Hell, and Heresy: An Exchange

- More on Balthasar, Hell, and Heresy

- Responses to Balthasar, Hell, and Heresy

- The Population of Hell

- The Inflated Reputation of Hans Urs von Balthasar

- Will All Be Saved?


Blogger Jeff said...

Hi Crys,

I liked Rolheiser's current column, Have I Been Saved, which kind of puts things in the proper context.

As to the broader question about the existence of hell, I though this was an interesting debate om Justin Brierley's Unbelievable program. Lost of good podcasts you might like at

5:33 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Jeff :)

That's interesting what Fr. Rolheiser writes - that we shouldn't be concerned with whether we're saved or not but with what we do with our lives here. But I find it hard to believe anyone who believes in hell wouldn't be worried unless they already believed they weren't going there. Who wouldn't care one way or another about spending eternity in torment? :)

Actually, most Christians I've known seems to believe they themselves are saved. Not sure how they get that feeling of certainty or how they can be ok with a God who would be sending other people to hell.

Thanks for the video link - it looks interesting. Hope you and your family are all well.

12:52 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Actually, most Christians I've known seems to believe they themselves are saved.

I think that's true. I once saw someone write that we are all "crypto-Lutherans." Saved by grace through faith. "Sinning bravely," but figuring we are all going to heaven anyhow.

We are all doing, well, thanks. :-)

5:43 AM  

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