Tuesday, October 30, 2012

RCIA: Meet Mother Mary

When I first took a serious look at the Catholic Church one particular set of doctrines stood out more than any others. The Marian doctrines were so foreign, and, quite frankly, offensive, to me that I refused to give them any real intellectual attention. They were superstition and hero worship at best, and false idols at worst.

Over time however, I learned that the Catholic Church does not endorse a doctrine without careful study first. They explore all the implications of a belief, and the implications of those implications. This is one of the most attractive things about the RCC to me, how thoroughly they examine their doctrine! So I had to give Mary a chance.

More after the jump...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Holy Passive Voice Batman!

Ever heard of this trick for identifying passive voice? If you can add "by zombies" and the sentence still makes sense, then its in passive voice! Let's use a real-life example shall we?

Toddler hit [by zombies] when gun goes off in car in Sunnyside

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. — A 3-year-old boy was critically injured [by zombies] when a firearm discharged [by zombies] in the vehicle he was riding in Monday night, Sunnyside police said.
He’s being treated [by zombies] at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center for a gunshot to the head.
The boy, who was not identified [by zombies], arrived at Sunnyside Community Hospital about 9:30 p.m. Monday, according to a news release from the Sunnyside Police Department.
Officers said they believe the gun’s firing resulted from an accident when the vehicle was in the area of Yakima Valley Highway and East Edison Avenue.
The vehicle and the gun were seized [by zombies], but police did not immediately release more information about the circumstances. They said they are continuing to investigate.

Why am I suddenly a grammar Nazi? Because there is no such thing as an accidental discharge! The use of passive voice to describe a negligent discharge does two things, it reinforces this popular and inaccurate notion that guns go off by accident all the time, and it deflects blame from the irresponsible owner/operator of the firearm! I am willing to bet a substantial amount of money that someone allowed the trigger on that gun to be pulled, whether with his finger or by carrying it improperly (ie, not using a holster).

Anyway, someone needs to show this trick to the media...

Link to source article: http://www.yakima-herald.com/stories/2012/10/24/toddler-hit-when-gun-goes-off-in-car-in-sunnyside

Thursday, October 18, 2012

RCIA: The Church

The Catholic Church has a very different view of "The Church" than most Protestants. Growing up I was taught that there are two meanings to the word "church." There is the local church, which is a body of believers that gather together in common faith. Then there is the universal, or invisible, Church, which is comprised of all truly saved individuals on the planet.

The implication of this of course was that the universal church, which is what the Bible refers to when it talks about the body of Christ, is only loosely coupled together though the common belief in Christ as our savior. Other than that and the most basic Christians beliefs, everything is sorta left up to local churches. Two local churches may disagree on most things, but so long as they both are comprised of people who have been "born again" then they are both part of the Body of Christ. Just don't expect them to work together, on anything.

(Finally figured out how to insert a break! Woo!)