Daily Archives: April 20, 2013

(CT) Marguerite Shuster–The Mystery of Original Sin

Legend has it that G. K. Chesterton, asked by a newspaper reporter what was wrong with the world, skipped over all the expected answers. He said nothing about corrupt politicians or ancient rivalries between warring nations, or the greed of the rich and the covetousness of the poor. He left aside street crime and unjust laws and inadequate education. Environmental degradation and population growth overwhelming the earth’s carrying capacity were not on his radar. Neither were the structural evils that burgeoned as wickedness became engrained in society and its institutions in ever more complex ways.

What’s wrong with the world? As the story goes, Chesterton responded with just two words: “I am.”

His answer is unlikely to be popular with a generation schooled to cultivate self-esteem, to pursue its passions and chase self-fulfillment first and foremost. After all, we say, there are reasons for our failures and foibles. It’s not our fault that we didn’t win the genetic lottery, or that our parents fell short in their parenting, or that our third-grade teacher made us so ashamed of our arithmetic errors that we gave up pursuing a career in science. Besides, we weren’t any worse than our friends, and going along with the gang made life a lot more comfortable. We have lots of excuses for why things go wrong, and””as with any lie worth its salt””most of them contain some truth.

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Posted in Anthropology, Theodicy, Theology, Theology: Scripture

The Latest Edition of the Diocese of South Carolina Newspaper is now available

I would especially like to draw your attention to the article entitled “St. Christopher Celebrating 75th Diamond Anniversary on June 22-24–“read it all (pdf).

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * South Carolina, Episcopal Church (TEC), Evangelism and Church Growth, Ministry of the Laity, Ministry of the Ordained, Missions, Parish Ministry, Pastoral Care, TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: South Carolina, Youth Ministry

(Local Paper) The FAA approves the resumption of Boeing 787 flights

A lingering fog of uncertainty at the Boeing Co. campus in North Charleston lifted Friday when the Federal Aviation Administration agreed to clear the company’s 787 Dreamliners to fly again.

The revolutionary jet has been grounded since January because of batteries that overheated on two of the planes.

Flights could resume within a week, the Associated Press reported.

Read it all.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * South Carolina, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Law & Legal Issues, Science & Technology, The U.S. Government

(National Geographic) This weekend you can see Bright, fast-moving meteors with the naked eye

While no one knows for sure if this year’s Lyrids will be a sprinkle or a storm, Hammergren said it’s one of the easiest celestial events to witness with the naked eye.

Getting out of the light-polluted city and into the countryside will increase your chances of seeing even the faintest meteors, he said.

Because the meteors race across much of the overhead sky, there’s no need for binoculars or telescopes.

So reclining lawn chairs, warm blankets, and hot chocolate are really all that you need to enjoy this spring shower.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Science & Technology

Many American Muslim Organizations Expressed sympathy for Boston Marathon Attack Victims

Numerous Muslim organizations across the United States have condemned the heinous bombing attacks that took place on Monday at the Boston Marathon, and they expressed their sympathy for the victims and their families. The attacks left three people dead and at least 140 injured.

Many Muslim organizations have called upon Muslims to pray for the victims and donate blood for those who were wounded.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * Religion News & Commentary, Islam, Other Faiths, Religion & Culture, Terrorism, Urban/City Life and Issues, Violence

(Boston Globe) Brothers in Marathon bombings took two paths into infamy

Profiled in the Lowell Sun in 2004, Tamerlan [Tsarnaev] said he liked the USA.

“America has a lot of jobs. That’s something Russia doesn’t have,” he told the newspaper. “You have a chance to make money here if you are willing to work.”

He later said, in a photo essay about his boxing exploits, that he hoped to be selected for the US Olympic team, and that he dreamed of becoming a naturalized citizen. But he also lamented his alienation, saying, “I don’t have a single American friend. I don’t understand them.’’

Read it all.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Children, Europe, Marriage & Family, Religion & Culture, Russia, Terrorism, Urban/City Life and Issues, Violence

Blog Open Thread– Your Reactions and Reflections on the Boston Marathon Bombing and the past week

Whatever struck you, provoked you, moved you; whatever part of it which you believe is most significant or worthy of further consideration. Remember the more specific you are, the more other blog reads can participate in what you say–KSH.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Anthropology, Blogging & the Internet, City Government, Defense, National Security, Military, Economy, Ethics / Moral Theology, Europe, History, Law & Legal Issues, Police/Fire, Politics in General, Psychology, Religion & Culture, Russia, State Government, The U.S. Government, Theology, Urban/City Life and Issues, Violence, Young Adults

(LA Times) In the aftermath of the West, Texas, explosion, a town turns to faith

The crowd that had gathered ”” lighting candles, offering prayers, crying as they tightly embraced family and friends ”” had streamed from the dimly lighted sanctuary of Assumption Catholic Church, but Kelly Nelson lingered behind.

“The people who we lost, these are people I know, I see on a daily basis,” Nelson said. “Knowing that I’m never going to see these people on the Earth again is very difficult for me to handle.”

On Wednesday night, a blast at a fertilizer plant rocked this small east-central Texas town. A day later Nelson and hundreds of others gathered in the red brick Assumption church. Nelson wasn’t the only one to stay behind after the service concluded. A pair of young men sobbed as they knelt before the altar. Others stared blankly forward as they sat in the pews. In a time when residents of West sought hard-to-find clarity, they are relying on faith.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Pastoral Theology, Religion & Culture, Rural/Town Life, Science & Technology, Theodicy, Theology

(Wash. Post) Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were refugees from brutal Chechen conflict

Although terrorists from the Caucasus have struck in Moscow and other parts of Russia, the conflict in the region has never led to attacks in other countries. One possible explanation for the Boston bombings, said Aslan Doukaev, an expert on the Caucasus who works for Radio Liberty in Prague, is that the brothers were motivated by radical jihadism, not Chechen separatism.

As the war in Chechnya wound down after Russian forces withdrew ”” they left formally in 2009 ”” violence has spilled into neighboring republics such as Dagestan, where the Tsarnaev family once found shelter and where the brothers’ parents now live. That conflict is increasingly marked by radical Islamic terrorism in an often vicious cycle of attack and reprisal between insurgents and Russian security forces. Tamerlan visited Dagestan last year, according to an official with knowledge of his travels.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Europe, Russia, Terrorism, Urban/City Life and Issues, Violence, Young Adults

(WSJ) After Boston Bombing, Renewed Fears About Homegrown Terror Threat

The Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed suspected marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 at the request of the Russian government, but didn’t find evidence of suspicious activity and closed the case, an FBI official said Friday.

The fact that the FBI spoke with Mr. Tsarnaev, who was killed Friday morning in a firefight with authorities, is likely to become a focal point of the post mortem into how the attack was able to be carried out at the Boston Marathon. It also speaks to the challenge faced by authorities as terrorism morphs to some extent from the complex international plots of a decade ago to small-scale attacks carried out by individuals located within U.S.

U.S. counterterrorism policy has since 2001 focused largely on killing terrorists overseas or preventing them from getting into the U.S. But the Boston bombings show how the diffusion of terrorist tactics easily transcends borders. Countering small groups of individuals inside the U.S. can be a bedeviling assignment.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Anthropology, Europe, Foreign Relations, Law & Legal Issues, Police/Fire, Politics in General, Psychology, Religion & Culture, Russia, Terrorism, Theodicy, Theology, Urban/City Life and Issues, Violence, Young Adults

(Boston Globe) Nightmare Ends as Second Boston Marathon bombing suspect captured

In the waning moments of daylight, police descended Friday on a shrouded boat in a Watertown backyard to capture the suspected terrorist who had eluded their enormous dragnet for a tumultuous day, ending a dark week in Boston that began with the bombing of the world’s most prestigious road race.

The arrest of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of Cambridge ended an unprecedented daylong siege of Greater Boston, after a frantic night of violence that left one MIT police officer dead, an MBTA Transit Police officer wounded, and an embattled public ”” rattled again by the touch of terrorism ”” huddled inside homes….

“It’s a proud day to be a Boston police officer,” Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis told his force over the radio moments after the arrest. “Thank you all.”

Read it all.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, America/U.S.A., City Government, Economy, Law & Legal Issues, Police/Fire, Politics in General, State Government, The U.S. Government, Urban/City Life and Issues, Violence, Young Adults

A Prayer to Begin the Day

Grant, O Lord, that we may cleave to thee without parting, worship thee without wearying, serve thee without failing; faithfully seek thee, happily find thee, and for ever possess thee, the one only God, blessed, world without end.

–Saint Anselm (1033–1109)

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Spirituality/Prayer

From the Morning Bible Readings

Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions. When he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish and said to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live for ever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not hurt me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no wrong.” Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of hurt was found upon him, because he had trusted in his God.

–Daniel 6:19-23

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

Downtown Boston at rush hour during the ordered Manhunt Lockdown

Quite a photo.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Terrorism, Urban/City Life and Issues, Violence

Please join me in praying for the city of Boston and those responsible for order and justice

Thank you–KSH.

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, City Government, Law & Legal Issues, Police/Fire, Politics in General, Spirituality/Prayer, State Government, Urban/City Life and Issues, Violence