Showing posts from April, 2009

The Confession

Playing at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. I think it's rather funny:

A Return to Christian Atheism

Two years ago, I wrote a post entitled "In Defense of (Christian) Atheism."  In the background of that post stood figures such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennet: the 'new atheists' who had garnered significant media attention. Media attention to and fascination with ever more vocal unbelievers has not abated, with yesterday's story by Laurie Goodstein's "More Atheists Shout it from the Rooftops" appearing in the New York Times.  
Now, I might be in the minority among believers, but I think this is great news. Mainstream Christianity has, too often, treated atheists as though they were pariahs, mean-spirited God-haters who want to destroy Christianity. One of the great merits of Goodstein's article is that doesn't focus on what these women and men reject and focuses, rather, on their need for community and their desire to change the public perception of atheists. Josh Streetman, the man quoted at the end of the piece,…

Jesuit Mock Interview, IX

The ninth in the series of vocation-video spoofs Drew Marquard, SJ, directed for a Come-and-See weekend we hosted here at Ciszek Hall back in January. 

Jesuit Mock Interview VIII

The 8th in our series!

Happy Easter

I went last night to the Easter vigil held at Fordham University. I love the vigil: the liturgy is beautiful, the music is gorgeous, and especially moving is the reception of new initiates into the Church. Two years ago I went to Saint Ignatius on Park Avenue, memorable not only because my good friend, Jane Dryden, was received into the Church that night but, also, because the little boy sitting directly behind me barfed at the very beginning of the liturgy, leaving me to fret each time I knelt down whether my feet were going into his partially-digested Happy Meal. 
Fortunately, it turned out, my shoes stayed dry. 
Lent seemed very long this year. Interviews for regency (the next period of my Jesuit formation: I'll be teaching theology at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy), schoolwork, preparing for my one-hour oral comprehensive in philosophy: all of these weighed heavily upon me. It is fitting that the light of Easter coincides with the announcement of my re…


I just received word that I will be heading the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy for Regency. Go Cubs!

Jesuit Mock Interview VII

Chris Johnson SJ makes his appearance in our continuing series of videos.

April 1st!

So I am officially registered for the 2009 Cleveland Marathon to be run on May 17th.
And no, this is not an April Fool's Day prank!
After months of training and anticipation, I paid the registration fee today and set my fate in stone: I am now committed to running 26.2 miles. Training has gone well and I'm presently up to 18-miles, with the goal being a long 20-mile run sometime in the next few weeks. Between running and doing Cross-Fit, I think I'm in the best shape of my life!
There's still no word about regency. As soon as I hear - and we expect to hear during Holy Week - I will post something about where I'll be and what I'll probably be doing. 
As the semester draws to a close, I'm really mired in finishing up some projects. I just completed my final English paper and I've commenced work on my research paper for Transcendental Thomism. I'm also preparing for my oral comprehensive exam in philosophy (May 6th). 
So please be patient and know that I wi…