- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2009

Reverse Christian

”[Anne] Rice, herself having entered the life of an atheist, was struggling with the post-WWII nihilistic modern world. She struggles with the relativism and the lack of meaning and the clash of good and evil. …

”As the [‘Vampire Chronicles’] novels continue, we find that the origin of the vampires is more or less a catastrophic accident. No purpose, no meaning. This is clearly addressing the question of evolution without God and its implications. Surprisingly, there is little joy in knowing that your existence wasn’t intended and that it was the result of casual, arbitrary events. To some point, Lestat loses reason for existing …

”Vampires are angels going in the opposite direction into self-hatred, despair, and loneliness and not faith, hope, and love. The struggle to come to grips with Catholic theology, on a human level, in terms of experience is manifest with the story of the vampires’ origin imaging so much from Christianity, with the obsession with the body and blood, with the evil in the world, but it’s undeniable beauty (sacramental reality), etc.”

-Eric Brown, writing on “Anne Rice’s ‘Memnoch the Devil,’ ” on March 9 at the American Catholic

Buddhist Episcopalian

”I can see that around the Web plenty of people are confounded - aghast, even - that conservatives would have a problem with Kevin Thew Forrester, the Buddhist bishop-elect of Northern Michigan …

”Now, I am a Ruth [Gledhill] fan, but I have watched with dismay her steady drift to the left in this debate, and I have to call her out on the reasoning she’s using to support the approval of Forrester’s election. It amounts to the observation that certain meditative techniques used by Zen Buddhists can be used beneficially in Christian prayer. Whether this is true has never been at issue - it is true, and few conservatives will deny it or even have much of a problem with it. But in offering this as one of her reasons why Forrester’s election should be approved, she misses entirely the core of the problem with Forrester, his theology, his worship …

”The bottom line is that Forrester has embraced something foreign and contradictory - call it a faith, call it a philosophy, call it what you will, but it is not Christianity - that denies Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Whether there are overlapping philosophies or practices between Christianity and Buddhism is beside the point - we know that there are, just as there are between Christianity and many other faiths. …

”To put as simply as I know how, one cannot simultaneously assert that Buddhism, which denies the divinity of Jesus Christ, is true … and that Christianity, defined by the proposition that Jesus Christ is divine, is also true. It is a contradiction and an incoherence of a type that insults not just the intelligence of thinking Christians, but Christ Himself.”

- Greg Griffith, writing on “Betrayal and Deceit at the Heart of Buddhist Bishop Controversy?” on March 10 at Stand Firm in Faith

Anti-gay ‘Milk’

”My husband and I went to see ‘Milk,’ the film about the first openly gay man elected to public office in California, a few months ago. We enjoyed the movie, with some exceptions, and I predicted Sean Penn would win the Oscar for best actor …

”But as we were walking out, it occurred to me that what America really needed - if we wanted greater understanding amongst the various culture warriors - was a bit less pop culture devoted to presenting homosexuality in the most sympathetic light and more pop culture explorations of these strange creatures who somehow keep voting in favor of traditional marriage.

”Considering that they’re the majority, it’s odd that the media treats traditional marriage proponents as something between objects of scorn and gorillas in the mist.”

-M.Z. Hemingway, writing on “Emulating Newsweek,” on March 5 at Get Religion

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