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Why I Hate Your Church

Wherein the author plants his tongue somewhat firmly in his cheek and rants about an amalgam of experiences, because that is what the internet is made for. I can’t pray in church any more. It was one of those things that I discovered had subtly happened. This sort of thing doesn’t just slap you in the face but wears on you week after week, year after year, until one day you realize...

2013 Year in Review

Normally I like to do these things before the year has fully receded into the ashes of its own burnt-out corpse, but alas, the fates so conspired that I could not complete my work in the supernal glow of their dimming lights. Which of course, would be a rather over-rhetoricized excuse had I not lacked the use of one of my arms due to a surgery a couple days before. But now that this particular...

Do You Need a Mac Pro?

I like reading tech blogs, especially the ones in which the authors give vent to their disappointments about forthcoming technology. I happened upon an article at MacWorld.com about how the soon-to-be-released Mac Pro is just too darn expensive, but the reasoning employed was so convoluted that I basically came away from the article with this summary: A guy who admits he doesn’t need a Mac...

Theology of the Body: Part 4: How To Be Naked

Thus far the understanding of man’s original experience ‘in the beginning’ has perhaps felt a little dry and disconnected, for we are usually not accustomed to think in such a fashion about what I would call the primordial solidarity that we all share by virtue of being human. And to be sure, thinking about man’s original experience in terms of original solitude and unity can feel too abstract...

Theology of the Body: Part 3

Man’s original solitude is a starting point for understanding the theology of the body, and JP II sees in it and the corresponding words of Genesis 2 (“it is not good that the man should be alone”) a sort of “prelude” to the creation of the woman and the ‘original unity’ of man as male and female. JP II contrasts the account in Genesis 1 with that of Genesis 2 in that man’s solitude is not...

Theology of the Body: Part 2

After looking at the somewhat paradoxical relationship between the two situations of historical man- that of original innocence and his subsequent fallen-ness- JP II drew out an even deeper link between the situation of fallen-ness and the mystery of redemption that is inherent to historical man in and of himself, both objectively as being created in the image of God and in his own subjectivity...

Theology of the Body: Part 1

John Paul II (JP II) launches into his Theology of the Body by means of Jesus’ answer to the Pharisees about the grounds for divorce. In this well known passage Jesus, instead of taking sides in an intra-religious squabble over competing rabbinic interpretations, rather looks further back than the law of Moses, to the very beginning of marriage itself in its primordial form apart from any...

Theology of the Body: Introduction

Books can have a profound influence on our lives, molding how we think and the ways in which we approach the world. As someone who enjoys reading, I could name dozens of such works, but one that always seems to rise to the top is John Paul II’s Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body, not only because of its great depth and insight, but also because, well, this late pope...

How To Be Interesting!

I am usually pretty fond of internet lists, especially the ones that try and delineate the distinctions between two supposedly binary concepts. The level of writing and reasoning involved is often fairly low, which makes reading such things a rather delightful experience, for perhaps nothing is more amusing than watching the oblivious trying to be profound. Such an effort was recently expended in...

March of the Idiots (III)

The last two weeks have taken their toll on me. I’ve been slammed with work, it’s been egregiously hot outside, and I haven’t been able to take my medication because of some miscommunications with a doctor’s office. One of the side effects of going off the med is mood alteration, usually tending towards a slight depression. Nothing major, mind you, but the days end up...

10 Ways to Make A Bad Argument

One of the most difficult parts of engaging in any sort of online discussion about either religion or politics is that there is an increasing tendency to conflate principles with prudential decisions. This sort of fundamental categorical error can become a rhetorical move which disarms one’s opponent from the get-go, at least if he is unacquainted with logical expression. A simple semantic...

Creating Christians Who Can’t Believe

The decline of the church in Western culture is a much frequented topic in both religious and non-religious commentary. Whether parsed out in terms of diminishing influence or contrasted with the concurrent rise of the cohort affectionately labeled the Nones, there is an undeniable shift in the religious landscape which, although proceeding apace for the past few decades, has at least seemed more...

How to Flub A Climate Change Argument

The internet is at its best when it offers a forum for the robust interchange of ideas and information. But it is at its best-est when it offers a platform for bludgeoning one’s ideological opponents with infographics and flowcharts. Enter Slate’s entry into the arsenal of bad argumentation, How to Win a Climate Change Argument. (The headline used for link-bait is even more chuckle...

Spam-a-Lot

The spammers have been getting more persistent lately, breaking down the normal walls that keep them out. Every day I find numerous comments flagged for approval, which generally merit only a glance before consigned to the nether regions of the inter webs. Fortunately, the robots have also been getting far more amusing, which is good in the short-term, although I doubt it bodes well for the...

Missing the Point

Reading is important. But reading comprehension is even more important. Otherwise one can take missing the point to a new level. While most of us were unwrapping presents, polishing off the last of the egg-nog or returning unwanted items, a mini-furor erupted on the internets concerning Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks in address to the Roman Curia. As prone as new and opinion outlets are to...

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