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Fr. Dwight Longenecker2020-09-10T18:54:51-04:00

Welcome to Standing on My Head

I started blogging in 2006 when blogs were something new. I wanted to stand things on their head in a Chestertonian spirit but figured the material was unlikely to get published elsewhere. I was surprised when the blog readership took off, so I kept going– considering it to be a ministry in the new media.

Although I don’t blog at Patheos any longer, all that archived material from fourteen years of blogging is available without charge at Patheos here All my new blog posts continue to be free of charge at this location. In the Archived Articles section of the website there is much more from years of writing for other magazines, papers, journals and websites.

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Welcome to Standing on My Head

I started blogging in 2006 when blogs were something new. I wanted to stand things on their head in a Chestertonian spirit but figured the material was unlikely to get published elsewhere. I was surprised when the blog readership took off, so I kept going– considering it to be a ministry in the new media.

Although I don’t blog at Patheos any longer, all that archived material from fourteen years of blogging is available without charge at Patheos here All my new blog posts continue to be free of charge at this location. In the Archived Articles section of the website there is much more from years of writing for other magazines, papers, journals and websites.

I also invite you to sign up for my free monthly newsletter called FaithWorks! It provides a short reflection and links to great Catholic resources.  A form is in the right sidebar, and when you sign up you can receive my free e-book called Is Anybody There? 

Check out my podcasts in the podcast section of the blog. Most of my podcasts are free for all listeners at BreadBox Media and other podcast outlets, but some podcast series and full length versions are reserved here for Donor Subscribers who make a monthly donation to support the work.

There are now seven levels of  Donor Subscriber beginning at $5.95 a month – that’s less than $1.50 a week.

If you can afford to fund the costs of the blog please do. Your support keeps the blog free of all third party advertising and means most of the blog posts and podcasts can be made available without charge for thousands who can’t afford a monthly subscription.

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Standing on My Head

“A scene is often most clearly seen when it is seen upside down.” G.K.Chesterton

St Augustine: Hammer of Heretics

In the late fourth century St Augustine was coping with the mixed blessing of the Christian Church becoming the established religion of the Roman Empire. As a theologian, philosopher and bishop it fell to him to correct three particular heresies which were infesting the church at the time, and all three were the result of the church becoming established. As it became the established religion these three heresies grew like an ugly cancer as a result of the church's establishment. The first heresy is one that Augustine himself fell into in his youth. It was Manichaeanism. Manichaenism was the brainchild

August 28th, 2020|0 Comments

The Church in an Age of Revolution

Think about taking part in my new six part live online video course which looks at the last 500 years of church history in order to understand where we've come from, and more importantly, where we're going. In this video I explain a bit more about it, and you can learn more here. The course costs $49.90. To participate you should sign up as a Donor Subscriber at the Promotion Level or above. Get more information  here.

August 27th, 2020|0 Comments

Christianity and Comedy

I've got this theory that one of the great signs of authentic Christianity is comedy. I'm reading the letters of Flannery O'Connor at the moment and one of her great gifts is a razor sharp wit. She's funny, and one of the reasons she's funny is that she makes fun of herself. She takes herself lightly...even when she knows she dying of lupus. On the other hand, it is also a sign of the ideologue and heretic that they take themselves extremely seriously, and not only that, they insist that everybody else take them seriously. Think about it for a

August 25th, 2020|0 Comments

“To Be Deep in History…

...is to cease to be Protestant" wrote St. John Henry Newman. Would that the corollary were true: "To be Catholic is to be deep in history." Someone has said waspishly, "America is a Protestant country...even the Catholics are Protestant." Certainly, since returning to the USA nearly fifteen years ago I have been struck by how ignorant so many Americans are of history. Is the ordinary American's ignorance of history greater than a Europeans? I'm not sure, but I think when you live in England or Europe you must, at least, be more aware of the history all around you. Just

August 21st, 2020|0 Comments

Why in the World is the Church in Such a Mess?

Let's face it squarely. The Catholic Church is in crisis. The largest denomination in America is former Catholics. Numbers of priests, nuns and brothers have plummeted drastically. The priests we do have are old and ready to retire and to replace them we are importing priests from the developing world--from countries that have their own desperate need for priests. Laypeople have abandoned the church in droves. Moral scandal besets us. Financial scandal burdens us. The hierarchy are weighed down by secularism and hamstrung by bureaucrats, money men, insurance bullies and government legislation. Most of all there has been a colossal

August 20th, 2020|0 Comments

Scapegoating and Social Violence

The violence in American cities shakes up a whole nation and we immediately look for people to blame. That's the problem. The mark of Cain in the human condition is that we always, instinctively look for someone to blame: someone else. Anyone else. If there is a problem on an individual level or community level we become defensive, justify ourselves and seek to shift the blame. It's there in that most profound of stories--the Garden of Eden. Father God: Adam. Did you eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? Adam: The woman made

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Conversations with Joseph Pearce – on Flannery O’Connor

My conversations with Joseph Pearce podcast continues with a three part series on Southern Catholic writers. Joseph lives nearby here in South Carolina and every so often he stops by for lunch and a bottle of beer from the monks at Norcia and we record some talks. Here is the first in the series: our conversation about Flannery O'Connor. These podcasts are reserved for Donor Subscribers and are available for download or streamed listening. If you would like to support the blog learn more about becoming a Donor Subscriber here. There are seven different levels of support and access beginning

August 18th, 2020|2 Comments
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