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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...

Everyone A Judas

The Emperor of the kingdom dolorous From his mid-breast forth issued from the ice; And better with a giant I compare Than do the giants with those arms of his; Consider now how great must be that whole, Which unto such a part conforms itself. Were he as fair once, as he now is foul, And lifted up his brow against his Maker, Well may proceed from him all tribulation. (Dante, Inferno, Canto XXXIV)...

Complacent Love

Our love, being imperfect, is always flitting from object to object, restless and unstable in its affection. And while it is easy to ridicule the lack of precision with which we use the term and the innumerable objects to which we attach it, there is a certain measure of truth to saying we love puppies and love God. Love, after all, is a passion, and as such arises from the appetite in relation...

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...

Deadly Little Sins

Sin is a funny thing, if one can say such a thing, for the deeper it goes the more mundane it gets. But most of the time we are so caught up on looking at the big sins that we fail notice the myriad of little missteps that lead us into the big ones. Somewhere along the way the unthinkable has come within reach and has a million justifiable reasons that litter the path behind. Some segments of...

The Parts of Lust

As is no doubt evident from many of my other writings, I am a great admirer of St. Thomas Aquinas. I even ended up making a section in my library devoted to books by him, about him and those related to various extensions of Thomistic thought. The Dumb Ox, as he was nicknamed by his teacher Albert the Great, is one of, if not the most influential theologian and philosopher in Christian history...

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...

March of the Idiots (II)

The long-running Vaudeville act known as the Anglican Communion continues on its merry way, providing an inexhaustible supply of material for its detractors. The latest jaw-dopping exhibition was produced, directed and performed by Alison Taylor, the newly-appointed bishop of Melbourne, writing a defense of a gradualist position on abortion in response to the rubes who would dare challenge her...

Musical Theodicy

  From time immemorial humans have attempted to make sense of the seemingly mindless events of our world and our lives. Whether in the acts of nature which leave nothing but destruction in their wake or in the senseless wars that have a more sinister intent, this spinning rock appears forever teetered upon a precipice, with only an absurdly thin atmosphere to shield us from the gaping maw of...

March of the Idiots

The beauty about the internet is that it gives many people a forum in which to write that they would otherwise not have, exposing their ideas to wide swaths of people. And then there are those whose critical thinking skills are evidently so under-utilized and whose subsequent production is so idiotic that the things they write are simply brimming with unintentional hilarity. This past weekend an...

Spelliing The Kingdom of God

As in all things, caveat emptor. Spelliing the Kingdom of God In Less Than Words Can Say, the late Richard Mitchell (The Underground Grammarian) laments the degradation of English: Insubstantial words, hazy and disembodied, have fled utterly from things and ideas.[1. Richard Mitchell, Less Than Words Can Say, p.1] But the problem is not the normal and expected variation that occurs in the...

Speak No Evil, Speak No Good

Amongst research for some other posts, I was thumbing through Dante’s Convivio. While nowhere near as well known as his Divine Comedy, (at least popularly) it offers some intriguing insights into his underlying philosophical approach to reality, especially as it is worked out in his writing. In Convivio (which means The Banquet) Dante gives full expression to an intense period (some 2+...

Always Beautiful

I recently wrote an article for CreationSwap.com entitled Always Beautiful. This particular post is the latest in a sort of running series I have going there dealing with the philosophical and theological underpinnings of art and beauty. In Always Beautiful I briefly look at the concept of the beautiful as explored in a passage from Dionysius the Areopagite and as it relates to the beautiful in...

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