SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Matthew Walther

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August 03, 2017
Marriage and baptism are not bourgeois rites of passage. We need to make them easier
June 15, 2017
The Devil is not a symbol, but a being, says Matthew Walther
June 15, 2017
Partly because I revere the history of that noble order of priests deliciously described by an unsympathetic observer as “Inflexible in nothing but in their fidelity to the Church … arguing, instructing, consoling, stealing away the hearts of the young, animating the courage of the timid, holding up the crucifix before the eyes of the
May 18, 2017
We need to start taking these blessed creatures seriously again
May 18, 2017
Theologically speaking, the stock of the angels in the Church has been falling pretty steadily since its Berkshire Hathaway-like peak in the 5th century, when the celestial hierarchy was outlined by Pseudo-Dionysius the Aeropagite in an all-too-brief treatise. It rallied, briefly, around 800 years later, with Dante and St Thomas before giving way to the
February 23, 2017
I decided there was no hell aged 12. Years later, I found myself transfixed by a plea for intercession by an agnostic
February 23, 2017
Chesterton did not actually say that those of us who don’t believe in God will believe in anything, but he ought to have because it’s true. Between the ages of 12 and 20, before I began my return to the Church on February 17, 2010, I believed in, among other things, Buddhism, vegetarianism, pacifism, gay
January 19, 2017
As a husband and father of two, my highest ambition is to have no grandchildren
January 19, 2017
Few passages in Holy Writ ring true like St Paul’s lines in 1 Corinthians about not being able to get a proper look at our own reflections. When I was a teenager, I told anyone who would listen that my sole aspiration in life was to direct critically acclaimed low-budget films heavy on atmosphere and
November 17, 2016
Not for the first time this year I find myself wishing I had a punter’s instincts. I put a paltry $30 on Brexit a few weeks before the vote and ended up making a few hundred dollars. Given the nerve and the capital, I could have acquired a small fortune. From the 2016 US presidential