Posts from August 2020

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Was Christ a Free-Market Capitalist?

by Tom Andel

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal Op-Ed section (“Free Markets and the Meaning of Life”) states that “believing life has meaning helps individuals thrive,” and that “people who view their decisions as existentially weighty cope better with stress and tragedy.” Tell that to St. Peter. In Sunday’s gospel reading (Mt 16:21-27), after Jesus […]

Can We Survive Our Curse of Inscrutability?

by Tom Andel

It’s old advice: “Never discuss religion or politics with friends.” Thomas Jefferson never took it. In fact, in April of 1800 he wrote a letter to a friend stating: “I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” Here we are 220 years later […]

The Gospel According to Shark Tank

by Tom Andel

This Sunday’s Mass readings reminded me of Shark Tank. For the uninitiated, this is a reality show on which aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of investors. If one or more of the sharks bite, it can change lives. If you’ve seen the show, you know the Sharks sit God-like in front […]

Relief: Nice Work if you can Get It

by Tom Andel

For true believers, God is more often found in art than science. You can’t see God in a formula. Our God is best appreciated in the context of our lives—like a relief sculpture carved on our hearts. Relief in the art world describes a subject that projects from and belongs to the background surface on which it is rendered. […]