What C.S. Lewis’ Marriage Can Tell Us About the Gay Marriage Controversy | OnFaith

Before I get to the problems, I just wanted to note that the reminder that conservative evangelicals don’t normally talk about loving the sinner and hating the sin with respect to their clergy who are divorced and remarried is a good one. (Though the online backlash at Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken, of CCM and Christian singer-songwriter fame, after they announced the end of their marriage, might put that thesis to the test.)

So, the problem with this argument is that it makes it seem a bit like you must go through trauma first before being allowed to have a marriage validated by the Church unless you’re straight.

Also, the entire concept of annulment gets brushed over far too quickly by the author. If the overwhelming acceptance of divorce and remarriage is why conservative evangelicals should love gay people and bless their unions (… marriages, right?), and part of that argument rests in what the most conservative denominations say about divorce, Roman Catholicism isn’t a great example since divorce doesn’t exist in the Catholic Church, and an annulment means that the first marriage never happened according to the Church (this there is no “re”-marriage, only a new marriage by someone who was once legally but not sacramentally united).

Finally, divorce and remarriage is a sin of the past and not the present in many peoples’ eyes. It’s something to forgive someone of, but it’s not like ANOTHER divorce would be okay. They aren’t “living in sin” in the eyes of many evangelicals (unless of course they are living together prior to marriage) the way that any gay couple would be perceived to be doing.

All in all, the article may be noting important theological perspectives needed for conservative evangelicals to get on board with gays and same-sex relationships. It’s not an attitude of justice, or of looking beyond “a plain reading” of Scripture to deeper context, or of interrogating the privilege of heteronormativity (though the one part about “maybe we are okay with divorce because it’s not feasible to run a church without divorced people” gets close), but it’s a step beyond “love the sinner, hate the sin” and finding gay people reprehensible because of who God made them to be.

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If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let them enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival.
If anyone is a grateful servant, let them, rejoicing, enter into the joy of his Lord.
If anyone has wearied themselves in fasting, let them now receive recompense.

If anyone has labored from the first hour, let them today receive the just reward.
If anyone has come at the third hour, with thanksgiving let them feast.
If anyone has arrived at the sixth hour, let them have no misgivings; for they shall suffer no loss.
If anyone has delayed until the ninth hour, let them draw near without hesitation.
If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let them not fear on account of tardiness.

For the Master is gracious and receives the last even as the first; He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, just as to him who has labored from the first.
He has mercy upon the last and cares for the first; to the one He gives, and to the other He is gracious.
He both honors the work and praises the intention.

Enter all of you, therefore, into the joy of our Lord, and, whether first or last, receive your reward.
O rich and poor, one with another, dance for joy!
O you ascetics and you negligent, celebrate the day!

You that have fasted and you that have disregarded the fast, rejoice today!
The table is rich-laden: feast royally, all of you!
The calf is fatted: let no one go forth hungry!

Let all partake of the feast of faith.
Let all receive the riches of goodness.
Let no one lament their poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one mourn their transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the Saviour’s death has set us free.

He that was taken by death has annihilated it!
He descended into Hades and took Hades captive!
He embittered it when it tasted His flesh! And anticipating this, Isaiah exclaimed: “Hades was embittered when it encountered Thee in the lower regions.”

It was embittered, for it was abolished!
It was embittered, for it was mocked!
It was embittered, for it was purged!
It was embittered, for it was despoiled!
It was embittered, for it was bound in chains!

It took a body and came upon God!
It took earth and encountered Ηeaven!
It took what it saw, but crumbled before what it had not seen!

O death, where is thy sting?
O Hades, where is thy victory?

Christ is risen, and you are overthrown!
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life reigns!
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in a tomb!

For Christ, being raised from the dead, has become the first-fruits of them that have slept.
To Him be glory and might unto the ages of ages.

— Saint John Chrysostom

The Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom can never be reblogged enough.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

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It’s funny because Americans wont get it

this is killing me. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

chip on your windscreen you ignorant wanker
love, australia

lololol “windscreen”




It’s funny because Americans wont get it

this is killing me. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

chip on your windscreen you ignorant wanker

love, australia

lololol “windscreen”

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Christ is risen from the dead

Trampling down death by death

And upon those in the tombs bestowing life

(Alleluia! Christ is risen!)

2014 Hugo Awards: Wheel of Time (Series) Nominated for Best Novel


Good Friday: the prostration of the ministers #goodfriday #holyweek #saintignatiusnyc #church #vestments  (at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church)

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Good Friday: the prostration of the ministers #goodfriday #holyweek #saintignatiusnyc #church #vestments (at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church)

Oh look, a novangla!

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Join us in person or via the web for the Triduum Sacrum—-the Great Three Days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.

Thursday, April 17th - Maundy Thursday
7:00 P.M.The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday with Foot Washing, Solemn Procession of the Sacrament to the Altar of Repose, and the Stripping of the Altars. The Choir of Saint Ignatius of Antioch will offer the music of the Mass and sing Missa “Pange lingua” by Josquin des Prez, and the motets “Ubi caritas” by Maurice Duruflé, “In monte Oliveti,” “Tristis est anima mea,” and “Una hora” by Orlande de Lassus. Please note that this liturgy will be webcast live by the Office of Communications of the Episcopal Church

Watch will be kept before the Reserved Sacrament throughout the night and until the Good Friday liturgy. 

Friday, April 18th - Good Friday
12:30 P.M. The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday with the Passion According to Saint John, the Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament. The Choir of Saint Ignatius of Antioch will offer the music of the liturgy and sing Tomas Luis de Victoria’s “Improperia” and the motet “O vos omnes” by Pablo Casals.

Saturday, April 19th - Holy Saturday
8:00 P.M. The Great Vigil, First Mass, and First Evensong of Easter. The Choir of Saint Ignatius of Antioch will offer the music of the Mass and sing Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s setting of the tract “Sicut cervus,” the Kyries from Missa I Lux et origo, Messe solenelle by Louis Vierne, the motet “Dic nobis Maria” by Giovanni Bassano, and the Magnificat in C also by Stanford. A festive reception will follow. PLEASE NOTE, as in recent years, the liturgy is an hour earlier than in previous years.  Please note also that this liturgy will be webcast live by the Office of Communications of the Episcopal Church.

Sunday, April 20th - The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day (Resurexit)
9:00 A.M. Procession & Solemn Mass. The Rector will preach and the Choir of Saint Ignatius of Antioch will offer the music of the Mass.
11:00 A.M. Procession & Solemn Mass. The Rector will preach and the Choir of Saint Ignatius of Antioch will offer the music of the Mass and sing Missa Paschalis and the motet “Congratulamini mihi omnes,” both by Orlande de Lassus.

Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church
87th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue
New York, New York

Photos from Holy Week 2011


This impressive structure dates to 1914, though some parts of it are from an older apparatus from 1866. It features 11 cherubs, St. Michael the Archangel, and the Pie Pelicane. Carved from wood and partly gilded, it is nearly 11 m high with a width of 8 m, and holds 239 candles.

(Source: parrocchiapietro.altervista.org, via lordlavendre)

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My Book of the Church’s Year by Enid M. Chadwick.




My Book of the Church’s Year by Enid M. Chadwick.


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RE: Passover and Christians


If you’re a Christian telling other Christians not to celebrate Passover with Jewish friends because they’re the ones who killed Christ, you’re being antisemitic. Even if you’re using Saint Ignatius of Antioch’s second century argument as your own. 

The saints aren’t immune to antisemitism any more than they are racism or other forms of unjust and oppressive language.

(If you’re telling other Christians not to celebrate Passover because we have a different take on the feast which culminates in the Triduum, that’s perfectly reasonable. What’s even better is telling other Christians not to celebrate Passover because it can be appropriative if your family isn’t historically Jewish.)

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Rule #1: always post the rules Rule #2: answer the questions the person who tagged you asked and write 11 new ones Rule #3: tag 11 people and link them to the post Rule #4: tell them when you tag them

Questions from novangla 

1. If you could spend five years living in three times/places (travel is limited by the time period!), which would you choose?

Jesus, that’s specific.

I’d probably choose:

- The American Revolution (AD 1774-1779), because it’s the most exciting time in English history that sets the tone for the next several centuries politically
- Ancient Greece/Mediterranean (BC 240-235), because that’s when all of the Wonders of the Ancient World were all standing - I’d go visit and see them all over the years
- The Reformation (AD 1545-1550), because it’s the most important time period in Western Christianity. I’d want to see Luther and Calvin and end up hanging out with Ignatius of Loyola after checking in on England (and I’d hit the first printing of the Book of Common Prayer).

2. What are your favorite given names?

Like… of my given names?

I’d probably say “Thomas” because it’s better than the other two, even though it’s the one I don’t use (because my parents never called me by it), nor is it my last name, so it gets no use. I’ve been considering going by “Fr. Thomas” when I get ordained, and then by “Eric” to my friends.

Or… in general? 

Probably also Thomas (for boys). At least in terms of names I could name children and not just names I think are cute or neat. I once wanted to name twin boys Erasmus and Elmo to keep with the E-name thing (which I’ve since given up, duh). 

For girls? I haven’t a clue. There are really cool names (like Thalia or Piper, so I guess whatever Rick Riordan decides is a good given name) that I’d probably never give a child but that sound amazing. My girlfriend rather likes Theodora, and I’m not gonna let that happen to a child.

3. First fandom?

On Tumblr, probably Avatar: The Last Airbender. In life, probably Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (or… WWE/WWF *shudder*?).

In literature, Redwall or The Wheel of Time.

4. How do you self-identify, religiously?

Anglo-Catholic (and Christian Socialist, politically)

5. Favorite historical figure?

People are really fascinating, but the people I would most like to get a beer with are not the people whose thinking I like the most, so “favorite” is hard. So, let’s put it this way:

Favorite historical figure to drink with? Salvador Dali, probably, or any of the American literary and artistic ex-pats in Paris during the early 20th century. Except Hemmingway, because that would be super depressing.

Favorite historical figure to learn from? Socrates, probably. Though I’d be pretty sad to watch him drink that hemlock.

Favorite historical personality? Thomas Jefferson. He is insane, and brilliant, and ridiculous.

6. What’s the story behind your tumblr username?

It was my original AIM screename, and I spent FOREVER just sitting there at the computer thinking about what a good name would be (not realizing I’d actually keep it, unlike, it seems, everyone else).

7. Which Hogwarts house would you be in?

Gryffindooooooooor. Because justice.

8. Would you ever consider running for political office?

Yes. We need more liberal religious leaders in office to counteract the stupid, fundamentalist ones we have now, and to show that religion is not about bigotry, but about love and unification with God (in whom there can be no hatred). Also because I’m actually good at leading people?

9. What’s been your favorite age/year of school, growing up?

Ugh, I forget most of growing up unless it’s a specific thing I’m trying to remember (like a class or something). I loved school, but I didn’t really like growing up for some reason? 

10. Do you want or have kids of your own?

Yes. 1-3 (so, two, but I’d settle with one if I got it right the first time).

11. If you could change one thing about one of your current fandoms (doesn’t need to be a favorite, w/e), what would it be? ((“Fire Stephen Moffat” isn’t allowed - that’s too easy))

I’d make the Wheel of Time fandom bigger with more art? It’s so small right now, which is a shame, because Robert Jordan created one of the best worlds.

Okay, now here’s my list of questions:

1. What is the most important historical time period for understanding the present world today?

2. Philosophy or science? (Choose one and give a reason.)

3. Superman or Batman? (Or, how do you like your superheroes: “realistic and gritty and morally ambiguous” or “complicated, yet fundamentally good”?)

4. Religion. Why or why not (personally or in general)?

5. Favorite part of the physical world? (By subject, like “astronomy” or “geology”; or just by thing, like “puppies”.)

6. Favorite artistic film (so, ones that generally don’t have fandoms)?

7. Personal theory of aesthetics (beauty)?

8. Is it better to do or to be, or is there a difference?

9. Dream job (or, if you already have it, why is it the best)?

10. Favorite poem?

11. If movie theaters/independent bookstores/libraries die, will you help me buy one and keep it alive for posterity?

And now for tagging: failemyfalcon, dragonswornashaman, anachronizomai, vapriestess, lovedivine1, paulburkhart, godinthebrokenness, dick-of-saint-vick, sebastianmorris, tavereninthetardis, lovesongofjrrtolkien

Lest we get into the habit of assuming that people from thousands of years ago are less intelligent than we are (specifically that those who proclaim faith in God or gods are somehow primitive), let’s remember that the fifth century (BC) philosopher Prodicus was the first to suggest that the origin of religion was founded in nature:

The men of old regarded the sun and the moon, rivers and springs, and whatever else is helpful for life, as gods, because we are helped by them, just as the Egyptians worship the Nile. (DK 84 B5)

Suggesting that religious thinkers after the fifth century BC (especially Christian thinkers that engage so fully with the history of Greek philosophy) hadn’t grasped this theory already strains credulity beyond the breaking point.

Purple Wedding


… it’s not just a royal color anymore

Also great Palm Sunday timing?