Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Potpourri

A post full of randomness:


**Crying babies in church a good thing? Yup.

**How cohabitation is a sin against social justice.

**10 reasons modernist Christianity will die.

**How to evangelize your family this Thanksgiving.

**Global-warming scientists hid evidence that was contrary to their hypothesis. Bad decision.

**A teen decided to skip school. Nothing new here. But, what he did with his free time was unique. At least he was being productive.

**Last (and certainly least) is a zoo that is selling - "$15 pendant necklaces contain dried, sterilized reindeer droppings — sprayed with glitter — on a beaded chain".  Um...

3 comments:

Literacy-chic said...

Isn't "Modernism" a term that is limited to a specific historical moment in the Church and Christianity more generally? It seems to me that G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien were addressing "Modernist" affronts to Christianity (and also to aesthetics, but that's a different matter), in addition to Pope Pius X. Are we still talking about the same phenomenon here, or are we talking about a different phenomenon, or something that developed from that phenomenon, but calling it by the same name?

I posted this on the original blog post, too, but I'm interested in your perspective.

Marcel said...

I don't think he is talking about the same modernism you are describing.

Literacy-chic said...

The Catholic Encyclopedia traces Modernism to the French Revolution, but the discussion (and especially Church reaction) of "Modernism" seems limited to the early 20th Century, including reactions by the pope to the modernist literary movement.
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10415a.htm

The Wikipedia entry is less informative, but also discusses it as an early 20th Century phenomenon.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modernism_(Roman_Catholicism)

This is why I was wondering about the relationship between his (and your) understanding of the term now and the historical use.