The Dangerous Euphemism of Progress

  The Dangerous Euphemism of Progress     When I was a young man, I was captivated by the movie, "Jurassic Park". The movie (based on the best-selling book by Michael Crichton) portrays a brilliant, but ill-fated endeavor to genetically recreate and reintroduce dinosaurs to a lush, "secure" jungle paradise. Once complete, the presumed failsafe enterprise would be marketed as an unparalleled safari-amusement park. The premise of the book and movie were extraordinary because they wedded naive s … [Read more...]

“What is Truth?”

"What is Truth?"Pilate said to him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice."  Pilate said to him, "What is truth?"- John 18:37-38     "What is truth?". Perhaps one of history's greatest ironies is embodied in this question. Imagine, for one moment, the scene. A self-absorbed, decorated Roman politician is annoyed at the cons … [Read more...]


Grotesques“I use the grotesque the way I do because people are deaf and dumb and need help to see and hear.” - Flannery O'Connor     A year ago I read the first book in British novelist Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honor trilogy, Men At Arms. It was a fine read with good humor, poignant moments, and some buried truths. I considered myself enlightened for having reached back to a British Catholic's work from the previous century, and once done brushed my hands to prepare for my next literary ad … [Read more...]

Voca me cum benedictus…

I know. It's just a movie. It takes great license with the truth for the sake of telling a good story. Perhaps the truth is scandalously obscured by a brilliant fiction. Even so, Milos Forman's and Peter Shaffer's Amadeus is perhaps my favorite movie (next to 'A Man For All Seasons'). And there is a particular scene which is extraordinary.  Antonio Salieri is a proud, hard-working yet frustratingly average composer. Living in 18th century Vienna, Salieri finds himself calamitously outperformed, o … [Read more...]

Virtues As Vices

Virtues As Vices"The modern world is not evil; in some ways the modern world is far too good. It is full of wild and wasted virtues. When a religious scheme is shattered..., it is not merely the vices that are let loose. The vices are, indeed, let loose, and they wander and do damage. But the virtues are let loose also; and the virtues wander more wildly, and the virtues do more terrible damage. The modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because … [Read more...]

Taking It Seriously…

Taking It Seriously...     G.K. Chesterton was one of the heaviest men you could ever meet...and one of the lightest. Fully six feet, four inches and weighing nearly three hundred pounds, his figure could be quite imposing. But Chesterton is perhaps best known for his kindness, astuteness, and child-like frivolity. Hearty laughter and absent-mindedness flowed from his character. Mystery fiction and poetry flowed from his pen. A man deprived of having his own children, Chesterton possessed a k … [Read more...]