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The Limit of Naturalism

David B. Hart argues that naturalism is incapable of accounting for the reality of that which is, and thus ipso facto eliminates itself as an exhaustive approach to reality: The one thing that a naturalist view of reality cannot encompass is being itself, the very existence of nature; nature, by definition, is what already exists, and no investigation of its innate causes can penetrate the...

The Third Wesley

While few may doubt my inestimable authority in the field of Wesley studies, I am yet not content to rest on my laurels. Meticulous research- involving countless hours of pouring over the slightest scrap of correspondence, genealogical records, ship manifests, etc.- has uncovered what may be the crowning achievement of my already luminous career: there was a third Wesley. Not Susanna, not Samuel...

When in Rome…

One of the characteristics of the Renaissance in the West (at the risk of over-generalization) was a fascination with all things classical; that is, the Greco-Roman heritage of both West and East. As the West was reintroduced, to some extent, to this heritage, it would become a locus of art, literature and a host of other fields towards the closing of the Middle Ages. (as strained and artificial...

Sad Bird, Happy Bird

New video for rezlife this week- Sticks and Stones.
This 2 week series for 7th/8th graders is on the things we say, bullying- you know, all those fun middle school issues we all remember so fondly. As I was coming up with a concept for this, I wasn’t having much luck really thinking of anything that would speak to this subject.

The Crazy Public Domain #2

I don’t think this needs any comment. Except to say that people seem to have any easier time taming large cats that can kill you than taming house cats who at worst can leave surprises in your shoes.
Of course, that’s not to say the large cats wouldn’t try to leave surprises in your shoes. It’s simply that they might not fit, if you know what I mean.

Re-Orient

per viscera misericordiae Dei nostri in quibus visitavit nos oriens ex alto In these words, (or their Greek equivalent) generations of Christians in both East and West were able to immediately perceive a connection between the faith they professed in the Son of God incarnate and the very physical posture of their worship. As they faced towards the east, it was not merely an arbitrary geographical...

Let sleeping dogs lie

Yesterday Megan and I were at her mom’s house carving pumpkins, baking pumpkin seeds and other delectable items. We had our camera along to take some pictures for Megan’s amazing food blog, and I decided to photographically bother one of their dogs. This cute little West Highland Terrier is Molly, and she evidently didn’t mind me getting up in her face and snapping some pictures...

On the Incarnation of the Word

My brother Joel recently made a sortie into the world of auto-tune, and decided to use as his text a portion of St. Athanasius’ On the Incarnation of the Word. Check it out here. FITTING indeed, then, and wholly consonant was the death on the cross for us; and we can see how reasonable it was, and why it is that the salvation of the world could be accomplished in no other way. Even on the...

Beautiful Body

This is the first of what I hope to be a continuing series of paraphrases of the church fathers. Ever since college I have had a fascination with historical theology, and particularly the writings of the ante-Nicene and Nicene church fathers. The English translations that I have, however, were translated in the late 19th century, and thus employ many archaisms and language which, to modern...

Ought

Yesterday I happened to read an article on NYTimes.com entitled Morals Without God? In it De Waal seeks to demonstrate that the building blocks of morality are older than humanity, and that we do not need God to explain how we got where we are today.

The Crazy Public Domain #1

The Public Domain archives on Wikimedia Commons are a fascinating place. You can find any number of items that will cause you to ponder “What were they thinking?” Of course, the more reflective among us will no doubt extrapolate centuries hence and wonder what sort of reaction future societies will have in regards to the cultural mores and artistic sensibilities we hold dear. In the...

Fall is here

Fall has been here for a little while, but over the last few days it has been really nice outside. Mid-70’s and clear skies all the way.

Thank You

For my 30th birthday party my wife had all the guests make these little square mod podges using magazines, paper and other things like that. It was pretty sweet. I made this in about 6 minutes. I was walking around the kitchen and found some receipts that were from our previous shopping excursion that day. Then I grabbed a random technology magazine from about 10 years ago (some of the computers...

Thy Will Be Done

Sometimes life is hard. Such an aphorism may fall off our lips with ease, especially when life is anything but hard, yet in the moments when it is are the moments where such a statement begins to show its weight in our lives. In these moments the reality of such a truism is not questioned, but perhaps more so the fairness of it. Why, after all, must life be hard? What possible value is there in...

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