Better Than Nothing

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All things come from and tend towards Nothing.The Big Bang Theory supports the former claim: The dense, hot, rapidly expanding singularity that was our universe some 13.75 billion years ago contained within itself all space, time, matter and energy. "Before" it existed, nothing existed. All things come from Nothing.The law of entropy backs the latter claim, dictating that all systems regress into a state of disorder, all organization tends towards chaos, and all things crumble and fade. I … [Read more...]

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Does Contraception Reduce the Abortion Rate? (Rebuttal Part 3)

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The Holy Internet demands writers present the truth in 500 words or less, with a picture for every 100 words. But when considering Libby Anne's recent claim -- that if pro-lifers were really interested in saving the lives of unborn children, they would promote the use of contraception -- I'm afraid I cannot abide by such a limit. Allow me to reduce my pageviews by 75% and say it: The reality of the contraception/abortion link is not conducive to short posts. We will march like the dead through th … [Read more...]

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All Banning Abortion Does Is Make It Unsafe (Rebuttal Part 2)

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We move swiftly to Libby Anne's second claim in her wonderful post denouncing the pro-life movement:"I learned that all banning abortion does is make abortion illegal – and unsafe. I found that almost 50,000 women worldwide die each year from unsafe abortions, and that many more experience serious injury or infertility. These deaths happen almost entirely in countries where abortion is illegal – and thus clandestine. In fact, when abortion was made legal in South Africa, the number of abor … [Read more...]

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How I Lost Faith In The Pro-life Movement: Rebuttal Up In Hurrrrr (Part 1)

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Libby Anne, author of the blog Love, Joy, and Feminism, recently wrote an excellent J'accuse, denouncing the pro-life movement for several mistakes that seem to contradict its own proclaimed goal -- the end of abortion. I laud her for being willing to dive deeper into the evidence, and I hope she will continue to do so, for the degradation of scientific truth into a pre-ordained set of pithy slogans is a frustrating trait of both the "pro-choice" and the "pro-life" movements. Far better for a … [Read more...]

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Why Hurricane Sandy Made Us Happy

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"The hurricane blew away the sad, noxious particles which befoul the sorrowful old Eastern sky and Midge no longer felt obliged to keep her face stiff. They were able to talk. It was best of all when the hurricane's eye came with its so-called ominous stillness. It was not ominous. Everything was yellow and still and charged up with value."-- The Last Gentleman, Walker Percy Sandy was undoubtedly a very bad thing, but our anticipation and witness of the hurricane was a perversely happy … [Read more...]

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Why No One Shuts Up

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Silence is that terrifying state in which man is present to himself and to others. It is not merely the lack of sound, for it also encompasses interior silence -- in which our frantic reels of thought and image cease -- and stillness -- in which nothing is done. When we are truly silent, we simply are.Now it's a known fact that silence between strangers is an awkward silence. Why? Because neither stranger appreciates the other for who he is. Neither knows the other in his being.To be s … [Read more...]

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In Defense of Nice Churches

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Every Catholic is at some point obliged to defend the flair his Church has for covering everything in gold.Complaints in the vein of the internet-brilliance above aren't without foundation. There have been all manners of abuses regarding wealth within the Church, and -- if I may prophesy -- there will continue to be. No sane man would defend the personal hoarding of wealth, especially not among clergymen. But when the man outside of the Church bemoans the unsold wealth of the Church, he's … [Read more...]

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The Authority of the Superhuman Truth

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What is Truth?It seems that a good way to begin answering the question of what an abstract is is to establish our reaction to it. What is my reaction to fear? It makes my knees shake and my adrenal glands pump. What then, is my reaction to Truth? To give her a place of authority greater than our own.If two men are arguing over whether a fetus is a human being, and the truth of the matter is presented to them in the form of a DNA sample, we would expect them to admit the primacy of T … [Read more...]

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The Furious Prophecy of Titus Andronicus

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In my last two posts we established the following: Prophecy is the province of the honest. A prophet need not be a religious, a mystic or some visionary of the distant future, but may very well be the old woman at the grocery store who tells you the Honest Truth, that you're beautiful, a miserable human being, or whatever the Honest Truth may be. For though the Old Testament prophets often foretold the future, they were just as likely to tell the Present:  "You are living in sin." "Israel has a … [Read more...]

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A Pagan Prophecy

Pagan prophecy is sweet. Take Virgil's Fourth Eclogue, a poem written a little while before the birth of Christ about the birth of a divine child. The parallells between the mythical event -- constructed by Virgil -- and the historical event -- the birth of Jesus -- are striking. Justice returns, returns old Saturn's reign,  With a new breed of men sent down from heaven.  Only do thou, at the boy's birth in whom  The iron shall cease, the golden race arise... The reign of Saturn can be acc … [Read more...]

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