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How to Get God Wrong Wrong

Internet lists have become a rather ubiquitous (if not annoying) thing, and can range anywhere from the banal to… hmmm- well, whatever is slightly above banal. The best ones (by which I mean most amusing) are those which try to bring some sort of persuasiveness to an argument, either for or against something. And the cream of the crop naturally comes when someone tries to convince you that...

Wikimorality

Some of my favorite bloggers have had their fun with the results of a recent contest that sought to crowdsource a new set of 10 Commandments for the 21st century. And while I cannot hope to match either their eloquence or erudition, I thought it might be an enjoyable exercise to have my own run at it. In an interesting twist, each crowdsourced commandment has a rationale associated with it...

March of the Idiots (IV)

We humans are peculiar creatures among all the animals, for while the rest of the critters that roam this spinning rock do not try and obfuscate the reality of what they are or the things they do, one species has the innate capacity to wordsmith that which is not from that which is. This is, of course, accomplished most effectively with that most handy of linguistic devices, the euphemism...

Desiring and Learning

I never really quite know how to begin writing about things that are based largely around my own experiences. With most of my posts I try to begin with some sort of rhetorical flair, a compelling exordium which Quintillian himself would approve. Well, I suppose that may be reaching too far; most times I would be satisfied with his shade at least checking off the box for a strong introduction...

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...

Dialing It Up

I would be remiss if I did not begin this post with an important caveat. Fisking is a fun business, to be sure, and all the more so the lower the fruit hangs. Granted, sometimes the challenge is lessened, but certainly not the enjoyment. This mea culpa on my part complete, I offer the caveat emptor that Gawker is not usually the place one would frequent to find well developed arguments or...

The Hunger

Aside from snarky Oh, Wonka memes or mocking manipulations of mass media marketing (with an obviously healthy does of alliteration thrown in for aesthetics), I am often reticent about offering commentary on much of the current cultural unpleasantness. After all, the incredibly profound and deeply thought out conversation one sees on Facebook about hot button issues day after day simply settles...

Harmony

One way to ensure (or at least greatly contribute to) marital bliss is to frequently employ that most effective of weapons, the Date Night. Love may cover a multitude of sins, but Date Night can cover over the myriad annoyances, bouts of forgetfulness, and simple obliviousness that assaults most men in their attempts to find peace and harmony in home and hearth with the women they love and...

Taking it Personally

Christian history is littered with theological controversies, and oftentimes moderns find this hard to fathom. The at-times bitter disputes are perceived in retrospect as theological hair-splitting at best, partisan war-mongering at worst. Are not these types of disagreements too esoteric to become excised about? Why risk disunity over abstractions? I’ve always found this sort of perspective odd...

Begging the Question

One of the greatest challenges of contemporary discourse- especially on contentious issues- is that so many of those engaging in it do not understand what constitutes logical argumentation or expression of ideas. It is thus almost trivially easy to point out numerous fallacies in much of what is written, especially on contentious issues. The trap that many fall for when engaging with those they...

The Problem With Scrooge

Some time ago I came across an interesting article/thought experiment which considered Ebenezer Scrooge within the categories of the then blossoming Occupy Wall Street movement. The essence of this article- Scrooge: The First 1 Percenter– was this: Scrooge, before he became “enlightened,” was already doing more to help his fellow man than any of the other main characters we meet in A...

Moving Goalposts

A truly disheartening trait of contemporary public discourse is the tendency towards definitional fuzziness. Equivocation on terminology is often a feature, not a bug, and words themselves become not avenues for clarity but rather the business end of a linguistic cudgel. Sadly, this often becomes more pronounced the more emotional and contentious the issue at hand is, making rational discussion...

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 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...

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