Steven D. Greydanus

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Ghosts and Shells: Is Transhumanism Cartesian?

The Cartesian idea of the spirit or soul as a disembodied presence merely using or occupying a body, rather than the two being integrally connected, is a cardinal principle in transhumanism, the ultimate goal of which is to transcend the...

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Homily: The Annunciation and Laetare Sunday

Note: This is my prepared text for the homily I gave at the Vigil Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Lent. — SDG This weekend is a double celebration. As the rose vestments attest, this is the Laetare Sunday Vigil, “laetare” meaning “Rejoice!” in...

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Associated Press Flunks Christianity 101 (Corrected!)

Edit: To its credit, the Associated Press has issued the following correction to this story: In a story March 20 about renovations at the tomb of Jesus, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Edicule is revered by Christians as the...

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Ben Carson and Slavery Apologists

Okay, so a) Ben Carson’s description of slaves as “immigrants” was incredibly tone-deaf, although in his defense we should perhaps note that b) there is some rationale for including slavery as part of the larger American story of immigration — a...

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Homily: What Are You Clinging To?

Homily for the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time One night in 1709, close to midnight, a young girl, a daughter of an Anglican clergyman, was awakened by fire falling onto her bed from the roof, which was engulfed in flames. She ran into her...

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Best Films of 2016: More Lists!

The Academy Awards are upon us, which means it’s time once again for my annual round-up of the best films of last year according to some of my friends and peers (see previous years). By the way, if you missed my 2016 top 10, check it out. This...

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‘You only have to forgive once’?

You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You have to keep remembering all the bad things. So says M.L. Stedman in her 2012 novel The Light Between Oceans, released last year as a motion picture starring...

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Homily: Blessed Are the Rich!

Homily for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Blessed are the rich, the powerful, the important! For the world will dance to their tune. Blessed are the strong, the aggressive, the ruthless! For their enemies will fear them. Blessed are the...

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Fasting and Praying for the Unborn

The March for Life in Washington, DC may be on Friday in deference to the inauguration, but the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn (normally observed on January 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade) is today — Monday, January 23...

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Praying for Christian Unity: What Do We Actually Pray For?

Today, January 18, begins the International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. What do we pray for when we pray for Christian unity? What are the obstacles to unity that need to be overcome?  When we think of obstacles to Christian unity,...