Murmurs and Antagonisms

Orthodoxy via Heresy

Month: June, 2013


The first quote from a series of random posts with quotes I will have.

“The Church has no alternative to war. The Church is the alternative to war.” – Stanley Hauerwas

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This is the tale of a child, lost and wandering. This is the story we tell ourselves, that everything’s gonna be okay baby. But it’s not. Everything is imploding inwards. Call me a cynic but you know deep down I’m right. Just keep telling yourself the stories that everything is gonna be okay, that no one is gonna knock  on your door in the middle of the night. I will. I am the monster under your bed. And I am the evil in your head. Messing with you yet? Good. It’s supposed to.

Church Without Bars

The title makes no sense, I know. But that’s okay. The dilemma for me is really quite simple: I know what I want in a church (or think I do) and I have yet to find it. Basically, it comes down to a desire for tradition, but a willingness to accept unknowing. And, as it currently stands, my ability to journey in and out of various other denominations and churches is inherently limited. Mainly because I can’t drive yet (it’s rather humorous in a sadistic way) and because my parents won’t let me (or, would rather not go with me on my journey to every weird church in town).
  Spiritually I need rigor, I see that in myself. Yet, I am too critical for my own good. Whichever one prefers. I also desire progress. I’m not picky how one gets close to God, just that one does. I don’t want rigid I want livelihood. And since, like Chesterton, I find progress to only be tenable once one has a dogma I need a church that has dogma and isn’t wishy washy. But any church that says there is a) a right method to worship God and it must only be done that way and that b) one must have all the correct beliefs on trivialities, is a church which I find to be intolerable. Are there some things which are the right belief and some things which are not? Absolutely. Are there things which one, as a Christian, must believe? Sure. But, to be quite frank, the fundamental beliefs for all Christians can be summed up in the Nicene Creed and the words of Jesus (paraphrased), “Love God; Love people.” Simple as that.
   So what do I need in a church? Openness to the fact that theology is a journey. That all of us are on that journey in pursuit of truth. Is there one way to achieve this truth? Other than by looking to Jesus and looking to the bible, no. All of this to say, simply, that I don’t really know what I want in a church just that it needs to have certain traits.

#yolo: Or, Why Carpe Diem is Better

Reason 1: YOLO makes everyone think you’re obsessed with Twitter or some other social networking sight. Basically, people see you using #yolo in anything and everything and are shouting in their heads, “Get off your dang screen, Jeezus.”

Reason 2: Carpe Diem sounds far more sophisticated. No, really. Instead of #yolo-ing how about you start carpe diem-ing? Carpe Diem also makes you sound like you cared in school which we all know is a load of BS, but it’s better than nothing. And if you’re a homeschooler…well, you might want to stick with #yolo since you took Latin and are most likely worried about the proper use of Carpe Diem.

Reason 3: #yolo can be used as an excuse to justify anything and you still sound stupid. “I murdered my wife…YOLO.” Or, “I raped her…YOLO.” Really guys? That’s going to totally get you off the hook with the judge. Now, reverting back to Reason 2, if you say: “I murdered my wife…so I could carpe diem.” There you’ll sound smart and sophisticated while possibly getting past the judge with your grasp of Latin.

Reason 4: Girls don’t like #yolo. They want to be with you forever and if you go around saying, “YOLO, YOLO,” well, frankly, all the girls are going, “He’s so hot but he’s so depressed.”

Reason 5: I said so.