Steven D. Greydanus

Homily: Vatican City bombing! Faith, fear and fake news

Earlier this month there was a short-lived scare when a story appeared online with the headline “Breaking: Vatican City Bombing,” with a photo showing thick clouds of black smoke rising above the Vatican. The story implied that Islamist...

Pentecost Homily: Things Fall Apart!

Note: By a special gift of God, Pentecost this year falls on the first anniversary of my ordination to the permanent diaconate. My pastor, who never forgets a birthday or an anniversary, graciously asked me to preach on this great...

A ‘Justin Option’? Justin Martyr and the Ben-Op

Oh please. Not another “option.” Not another half-thought-out counterproposal to the Benedict Option to add to the heap, along with the Francis Option, the Dominic Option, the Augustine Option, the 

Gay Rights and the OTHER First Amendment Right

Yesterday the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty released a statement announcing that a Christian business owner finally won a case brought against him by gay plaintiffs alleging a civil rights violation:  A Kentucky court championed free speech...

Tolkien and Lewis hated ‘Snow White.’ You know who wouldn’t have?

A recent post at Atlas Obscura has drawn attention to the fact that C.S. Lewis and his friend J.R.R. Tolkien both saw, and both disliked, Walt Disney’s masterpiece Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. To anyone familiar with Tolkien and Lewis’s...

Burning Hearts: Easter and Restoring All Things (Homily)

This is the prepared text for my homily for the Third Sunday of Easter, preached at the 10:30 AM Mass at St. John’s in Orange, New Jersey. Some of the thoughts here were inspired by an essay on “The Necessity of the Resurrection” by my daughter...

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...

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...

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...

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...