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Scott MacDougall
Scott MacDougall received his Master of Arts in theology from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in 2007 and his Ph.D. in theology from Fordham University in 2014. He is now a Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of Theology at Fordham.

Entries by Scott MacDougall

Injustice, Violence, and Oppression: On Loving the Lions

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 11:04 AM

One of the great gifts of the Anglican tradition is what are known as the Daily Offices. The Episcopalian Book of Common Prayer includes two such services, Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. These play an important role in the devotional lives of American Anglicans. A lectionary assigns specific Bible passages...

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Holy Week: Journeying Into the Risk of Faith

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 11:24 AM

For most Christians, other than the Eastern Orthodox, this week is Holy Week. Beginning with Palm Sunday, which recalls Jesus' entry into Jerusalem to the great acclaim of the people, this week retells the story of Jesus' final earthly days. On Maundy Thursday, we'll recount Jesus' "last supper" with his...

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It's Time to Stop Pitting 'Christian Neighborliness' Against Christian Truth

(37) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 4:54 PM

Last Friday, Justin Welby, the current Archbishop of Canterbury and spiritual head of the global Anglican Communion, remarked on a radio call-in show in the UK that part of the calculus involved in deciding whether the Church of England should allow its priests to marry same-gender partners has...

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Pussy Riot + The Russian Orthodox Church = It's Complicated

(21) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 5:01 PM

On Feb. 21, 2012, a group of five eccentrically dressed young women hurriedly set up microphones and loudspeakers in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior and launched into what they would later call a "punk prayer." Screaming, "Shit! Shit! The Lord's shit!" they pierced the sacred air of the church...

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Living in the Present, Imagining the Future

(17) Comments | Posted February 10, 2013 | 5:28 PM

Think about your life. What are you concerned about? How do you spend your time and energy? Who are the important people in your life? Now, think back 10 years. Would you have thought, back then, that you would answer those questions 10 years later the way you just did?

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Reconsidering 'Christian Oppression'

(33) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 9:53 AM

There is a certain type of Christian conservatism that regularly claims it is being oppressed. In the United Kingdom, for instance, Lord Carey, a former Archbishop of Canterbury, thinks that talk of legalizing gay marriage there raises the likelihood of Nazi-style totalitarianism emerging in Britain, complete with anti-Christian...

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Christian Illogic: Life After Death

(741) Comments | Posted October 14, 2012 | 8:44 AM

In his blog over at The Guardian, Andrew Brown wrote recently that a major component of the attractiveness of Christianity is its “idea of resurrection into eternity,” the belief that there is an “afterlife,” a view that Brown refers to as “incoherent nonsense.” Brown thinks such an idea...

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Is Demeaning or Beating a Child Ever Funny?

(56) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 5:59 PM

Sean Harris, pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C., has now "apologized" for a delivering a sermon in which he told parents to "punch" their "limp-wristed" sons and force their "butch" daughters to "dress up" and "smell nice" from time to time. However, he claims that his...

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In Assisi, Gathering for the Peace of the Church

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 2:23 PM

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In many ways, the 20th century was the century of ecumenism. Efforts to bring together the separated Christian denominations and traditions came into being and gathered momentum, giving birth to organizations like the World Council of...

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Who Am I? Bodies, Souls and Identity

(18) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 4:10 PM

Recent breakthroughs in brain research have led scientists, philosophers, and theologians to ask in new ways the old question, "Who am I?" Where or what is my identity? What makes me me and not someone else?

Answers to such questions may seem commonsensical. But given that memories can be lost...

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What Are Christians Talking About When We Talk About The End Of The World?

(34) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 10:32 AM

According to some commentators on the ancient Mayan calendar, we have until the end of this year to enjoy the world, because it will be wiped out on December 21. On that day, an epochal cycle will conclude and a catastrophic event or sequence of events will destroy the...

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