catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Taboo

vol. 11, num. 4 :: 2012.02.17 — 2012.03.01

In our churches, in our families, in our neighborhood, in our friend groups, certain topics like - - - - - and - - - - - are off-limits, whether explicitly or implicitly. Why are we reluctant to discuss - - - - - in these settings and what are the ripple effects? (Certain portions of this issue description have been omitted in the interest of remaining - - - - -.)

 

Feature

Don’t rock the boat, baby

A critique from the heartland of niceness.

Put your whole self in

Encouraging faith communities to lament together.

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Original sin

Obedience and punishment through the eyes of a child.

Editorial

The people that we meet

Expanding expectations in the places where we live.

Articles

Republichristianity

A report from a Bible college on the taboo of politics.

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Real relationships

What exactly goes on inside the bonds of couplehood?

O come, all ye sinners

Addressing a church that fears repentance.

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How about a little heresy

When it comes to unorthodox beliefs, you can ask, but not many will tell.

The loud silence of disbelief

An undesired lesson in what not to say to your small group.

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Teen taboos

A report from the high school front.

Vibrating assassins

Calling out the habit of checking the phone mid-conversation.

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The tail wind taboo

Love covers a multitude of sins, if we let it.

Gallery

In case you missed it the first time

Of orthodoxy and orthopraxy

A reflection on Simone Weil, a scholar and activist who defied categories in early twentieth century Europe.

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Stigma

On a mother’s decision to keep a family secret...for now.

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Weaving the web

Lent: Season of our hypocrisy

Ashley Makar on moving from to-do lists to angels in the wilderness.

 

Mr. Daisey and the Apple factory

A self-described "worshipper in the cult of Mac" travels to China and discovers the disturbing reality of the workers who make his beloved Apple products.

 

The placenta cookbook

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian on a controversial eating practice.

 

I love Jesus, but I swear a little

Nadia Bolz-Weber’s open invitation to unfriend me on Facebook, stop following me on Twitter and discontinue reading my blog if you need to.

 
 

daily asterisk

What happened was, I got the idea in my head –- and I could not get it out –-that college was just one more dopey, inane place in the world dedicated to piling up treasure on earth and everything. I mean treasure is treasure, for heaven’s sake. What’s the difference whether the treasure is money, or property, or even culture, or even just plain knowledge? … Sometimes I think that knowledge –- when it’s knowledge for knowledge’s sake, anyway –- is the worst of all…. I don’t think it would have all got me quite so down if just once in a while — just once in a while — there was at least some polite little perfunctory implication that knowledge should lead to wisdom, and that if it doesn’t, it’s just a disgusting waste of time! But there never is! You never even hear any hints dropped on a campus that wisdom is supposed to be the goal of knowledge. You hardly ever even hear the word “wisdom” mentioned! 

Franny
in J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey

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