Notes Regarding Sin, to be Read Sharply and Mockingly to Myself in Times of Desolation

"I cannot pray after so great a sin." And are you too ill to see a doctor? Too thirsty to drink? Too dirty to take a shower?*It is better to risk being seen as a hypocrite by praying after sin than to risk growing cold in God's arms by refusing to.*From the perspective of despair, sin is the end of prayer. From the perspective of hope, sin is the beginning. Christ stands on the side of hope when he describes the just prayer: "God, have mercy on me, a … [Read more...]

Facts, Facts, Facts!

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"You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts: nothing else will ever be of any service to them.”  - Charles Dickens, Hard Times That human beings long to fly tells us far more about humanity than the fact that they walk on two legs. That teenagers daydream about the anarchy of a “zombie apocalypse” is a greater insight into their essential disposition than the fact that they use Facebook. A man is best known, not by what he has, but by what he dreams of having, for what he has is … [Read more...]

The (Usually Ignored) Difference Between Sexual Identity and Sexual Event

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NSFW, or children, or anyone, really. Let's just put this one in the grave, alright? Sexual identity cannot be based on the object of our sexual arousal.I know this is how we've been doing it: If you are aroused by members of the opposite sex, you're a heterosexual, the same sex, homosexual, two sexes, bisexual, all sexes, pansexual, the intelligence, sapiosexual, and so on and on and on. But "how we've been doing it" has made us miserable, killed gender theory, and turned the beautiful, … [Read more...]

The Difference Between a Hashtag and a Hail Mary

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We are more aware of evil than any generation before us. We receive news-stories of illnesses we've never heard of breaking out in countries whose names we cannot pronounce. We are updated -- between cat-videos -- with terrorist bombings, genocides, hurricanes, shootings, and rapes. We are daily informed of suffering we cannot relieve.Though the mode of the Internet tends to level tragedies into objects of interest -- nestling images of the crucifixion of Christians in Syria alongside … [Read more...]

Why Christians Say “Encounter”

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Christians have adopted the term “encounter” to describe a standard run-in with God. We inchworm our way through Scripture in high hopes of “encountering Christ in the Gospels.” We give alms (sometimes) and “encounter Jesus in the poor.” We run retreats, bible-studies, and prayer groups out of an earnest desire to “encounter” God’s love. I want to defend this verb so naturally pinned onto things Almighty. It has a firmness to it, not by some accidental linguistic trend, but because it contains a … [Read more...]

The Real World

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Human people are the creators of other-worlds, minor-league gods who daily exercises impossible powers without taking a moment to marvel. Our houses, for instance, are worlds. They do not conform to the geography of the universe. They impose their geography on us. Whatever notions of space we had "out there" are dropped on the welcome mat.  Now "front" is dictated by the front door and "back" by the rear patio. Even if we are in an apartment at the top of a skyscraper, technically towering … [Read more...]

How “Cis” Killed Gender Theory

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Modern gender theory is dead, and we have killed it. Weep -- we were really onto something.We wriggled out from a dichotomy of a "normal" sexual orientation (heterosexuality) and deviations from that norm (homosexuality and lesbianism, largely), to a world of "alternative lifestyles" (homosexuality and heterosexuality as equally valid "life choices"), to a world excited and exploding with the hundreds of labels we are growing fond and familiar with today (sapiosexual, omnisexual, pansexual, … [Read more...]

Sexuality and Personality

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Sexuality is a microcosm of personality. It is a part of the person -- I can draw it out from other parts, like rationality -- but it also signifies the person. Like a fractal that contains within itself the governing idea of the fractal-pattern, a sanctuary in a temple, or a thesis statement that is both a part and the whole of an essay, sexuality recapitulates the fundamental realities of the person of which it is a part.This is the reason that sexual issues are controversial. … [Read more...]

Netflix and Good Ol’ American Despair

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If freedom is an exploding horizon of possible options and a friendly butt-tap of encouragement to "go, choose one," I'll take some mild form of oppression -- thanks. The eternal possibility of "another option" isn't a space to stretch my arms and sing the national anthem -- it is the paralysis of the human person into grotesque inaction. This is best shown by Netflix.To sit down and choose "any movie" out of the massive expanse of options Netflix offers is nearly impossible. Every choice is … [Read more...]

Planned Parenthood and the Myth of the Sheepish, Dependent, Ethically Mono-chromed Woman

Planned Parenthood use the term "women" to demarcate a group they support, trust, and represent. Since not all women want to be supported, trusted or represented by Planned Parenthood, we must charitably assume that the organization is referring to an idea of women, and not to that actual, wonderful population -- les personnes de sexe féminin. As such, Planned Parenthood are responsible for defining the boundaries of their idea, i.e. when they say "women want _____" they implicitly exclude women … [Read more...]


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