(Maundy) Thursday Links

Tonight, some 2,000 years ago or so, Jesus Christ was betrayed by those he loved, and was handed over to be killed. The church is, understandably, abuzz with activity and contemplation.

The caretakers over at Internet Monk started their Stations of the Cross series some time ago, but given the day it’s worthwhile to go back to the first post, which is especially relevant.

Jumping the gun a bit, and looking forward to the Son on the cross, John Mark Reynolds gives us a picture of the disciple Jesus loved, helping us see the crucifixion through his eyes.

And with salvation history on our minds, we contemplate the church and so, each other. Over at First Things, Joe Carter has an important post on what Evangelicals can learn from Roman Catholics — not just during Easter, but all the time. Even more broadly, Kevin White at MereOrthodoxy defends the study of church history in general, in the face of contemporary Christian apathy.

But as we remember the death of Christ, let us remember what he died for. There is much evil left in the world, in many areas: social evils, violent evils, even economic evils.

Slate has an interesting post on the changing face of the abortion debate. It seems that these days — whichever side of the argument you might be on — Roe v. Wade is increasingly irrelevant as time passes. Beyond the abortion issue, this has implications for federal / state law issues, the authority of the court, social movements… and so on. Really, there’s a lot going on here. Read. Think. Digest.

And for another debate, David Cooney offers a defense of distributism against abuses and evils of capitalism taken to its excess. While we at Push of Pikes would never tell you what to believe, it’s good to have one option among others, and who knows? You may come to believe this is the right one.

On a more disturbing note, Rolling Stone has had an exposé of a US war criminals committing atrocities against Afghani citizens up for some time now, but in thinking about Good Friday, I find myself thinking about it soberly. I warn you, though, the link contains graphic material and is not for the faint of heart. It’s horrible, and all the more horrible for being true.

Finally, on a lighter note, an archaeological dig in Spain suggests that ancient humanity already had some concept of religion and metaphysical thought. In light of this, the timeless struggles of the human condition seem just a little more timeless. We’ve always been reaching out for something.

And this week, God reached back.

Be blessed.

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