Thursday, October 31, 2013

Poll: Halloween, or Something Else?

So today is Halloween, unless it isn't, unless it is El Día de Muertos or All Hallows' Eve or Reformation Day or someone's birthday or something else. I am not sure that it is terribly significant that Halloween could be traced to pagan festivals (or not), or whether that is a reason not to celebrate it. (In the interest of full disclosure, I don't celebrate it, but my reason is simply aesthetic, nothing deeply religious. My personal aesthetics also necessarily make it difficult for me to find an image that I am willing to put on today's blog post.) This poll, however, is not quite about your reason(s) for celebrating or not celebrating Halloween. It is actually about what you (don't) celebrate on October 31. So vote in the poll on the sidebar!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Alternative to Christ

An astounding summary of a certain worldview given in Miroslav Volf's Free of Charge. This is not his worldview, and he doesn't leave it at this, but this description really got me with the profound sadness of the human condition if Christ has not died and come back to life:
I do wake up sometimes in the middle of the night, surrounded by the darkness, and think, "We're all a bunch of egoists, some more pleasant than others, some smart enough to be short-term altruists, but we're just stuffing ourselves and puffing ourselves up. Maybe no love has created us, no love dwells in our deceitful hearts, and no world of love will ever be given to us. We come out of inchoate darkness, and we return to inchoate darkness, and in the brief period we are alive, we are black holes of self-absorption."