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Key Posts

In Blog Procedures, Christianity on April 21, 2009 at 1:46 pm

When Christianity Richly launched, I chose a newspaper-like format.  The narrow columns are more readable and the amount of vertical scrolling is limited.  Just three posts appear on the front page.  A list of the fifteen most recent posts appears at the bottom of page one.  The rest are archived, by month. However, this means posts more than 15-20 days old disappear.  They still exist, but can only be seen by clicking on a month or a category (shown at the bottom center of page one).

As a result, every couple of months of so I’ll highlight some posts I think deserve ongoing attention.  Perhaps you’ve just found Christianity Richly.  These posts may be of interest to you.  But even  if you read Christianity Richly regularly, you may have missed a day or two.  And occasionally I’ll highlight something because it relates to something I plan to post over the next week or so.

So, what’s worth a look from Christianity Richly‘s February, March, and April 2009 archives?  Try these:

A longer post, but one worth reading I hope, is Christian and UnChristian.  This post discusses the contrast between how Christianity is perceived by 16-29 year olds, as compared to what the Church says about itself.  How we close this gap is of vital importance.

And finally, if you are a convert to Catholic Christianity—or thinking of becoming one—the 3-post series Battles Converts fight may be helpful (Parts I, II, and III).

The Long and the Short of It

In Blog Procedures, Christianity on April 21, 2009 at 12:41 pm

In the post Thank You Young Catholics, I mentioned everyone seems young to me these days.  Want proof?  Well, I go back to the early days of the Internet—yes, even before Al Gore invented it.  I was on a team that developed one of the first Internet portals, which we sold to AOL in 1995. Even the word “portal” is so Web 1.0!  We hardly use the word today.

What does any of that have to do with Christianity Richly?  Two things:  first, one of the joys of Web 2.0 and social media is that we no longer go to the Web just to find information.  Just as frequently, we go there to find each other.  I follow some wonderful  people on Twitter who I would never have known otherwise: a writer in Phoenix, a technology analyst in the San Francisco Bay Area; an entrepreneur in Upstate South Carolina, as just three examples.  And through social media, I know the writer’s birthday; the antics of the analyst’s dog; that the entrepreneur loves cigars.  

These touches of humanness make the Web far more than an digital reference library, or worse, a channel for instantaneous delivery of spam.  Perhaps I’m not stretching my point by quoting the opening words of Gaudium et Spes: through the Web 2.0, we better understand “the joy and hope, the grief and anguish” of men and women in our times—just as the Church seeks to know, understand, and respond to these things.  I hope so.  I’ll be returning to that theme soon, in a post on John O’Malley’s book, What Happened at Vatican II.

But my second reason for mentioning the Internet and social media is because micro-blogging sites like Twitter are changing the ways we exchange information.  This post has already reached 297 words.  Twitter is limited to 140 characters (letters and spaces combined)!

So, you’ll find some long posts here, when the importance of the topic merits some length.  But expect some short ones, too, when the point can be made quickly or the scope of the topic is more limited.  And for the shortest possible posts, follow @ChristRichly on Twitter!  And that’s the long and the short of it . . . at Christianity Richly today.

On Posting Comments

In Blog Procedures on March 28, 2009 at 11:08 pm

I recently received a comment from a Christianity Richly reader that helped me realize I had not been considerate of readers’ time—and for that, I apologize.  If you are interested enough to write a comment, you should know in advance how comments are handled.

This is a moderated blog.  Comments that emphasize the joys we share, rather than points that divide us, will have a greater chance of being published. My posts will generally observe the same guidelines, although on fundamental issues like the right to life, or compassionate social responsibility to the living, some of us will inevitably disagree.

If you think posting a comment adds to the discussion from a Christian perspective that I have missed or ignored, then posting your thoughts is probably a good investment of your time. Assuming the tone and content is consistent with that standard, your post will likely clear moderation. If not, you may want to send an email to discuss whatever concerns you.

Not all comments are published, even if congruent with the focus of Christianity Richly. I want the blog to be useful and easy to read.  Comments that don’t observe normal conventions of grammar and spelling, or repeat something that has already been said, probably won’t be published simply because it is not fair for me to edit your work—which could inadvertently change the meaning of the point you intended to make.

Similarly, although I do respond to email (even critical ones), it is not possible to reply to every note.  If you disagree with something posted to Christianity Richly and are truly interested in discussing it, then send an email to the address at the bottom of the copyright notice, under Welcome.

Please think twice if your email only includes proof-texts.  I don’t say this to denigrate anyone’s scholarship or discourage discussion.  But if you’ve read much of Christianity Richly, you’ll know I believe interpretative authority is necessary. Certainly it is right and proper for any Christian to begin an assertion with, “The Bible says.” But given the real differences in soteriology, ecclesiology, and eschatology among those who believe in sola scriptura—the Bible alone—what then? If we both say our positions are grounded in scripture, guided by the Holy Spirit guidance, but end up in opposite positions, we’ve settled nothing. Reasoned discussion of your point, and of the significance of texts cited, will enable us to speak to (rather than at) each other. Know that I will begin from the position that the Bible is our textbook, but the Church is our teacher—and was intended to be so by Our Lord, Who founded it.

“God is not a God of confusion but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33, ESV).  I look forward to our discussions, pursued on that basis.  “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17).