The Shepherds doing Nudus Nudum Christum Sequi for Advent (Andrea Mantegna, The Adoration of the Shepherds, 1453; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-100).

Cosmos: Weakened Edition, 9

What's not weak this week on Cosmos the in Lost. The booklists seem to be trending this time of year.1. Nudus Nudum Christum Sequi: On Christ’s Genitalia2. Rod Dreher’s Scandal3. American Conservatives Are, After All, What They Said They Were4. Ruined by Books: My TOP10 Novel List5. Top 10 Theology Books of the Last 10 Years (That I've Read)6. EXCLUSIVE: Longtime Immigration Lawyer & Pastor Explains the Refugee Process7. Ruined by Books 2: My TOP10 Philosophy List … [Read More...]


American Conservatives Are, After All, What They Said They Were

Motto: "Please step forward to the rear!" This is an approximate translation of a request I once heard on a tram-car in Warsaw. I propose it as a slogan for the mighty International that will never exist. . .. . . So far as I can see, this set of regulative ideas is not self-contradictory. And therefore it is possible to be a conservative-liberal-socialist. This is equivalent to saying that those three particular designations are no longer mutually exclusive options.As for the great and … [Read More...]

(Georg Emanuel Opiz, The Glutton, 1804; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-100).

Thanksgiving: An American Celebration of a Deadly Sin?

I'm spiritual but not religious about Thanksgiving. I show up only once a year, go through the motions, and don't really make too much of a fuss about it.However, I've noticed that in some Catholic quarters there is a push to make Thanksgiving Catholic. I don't know, I could be wrong about this, but isn't it a little blasphemous to want to appropriate the only holiday that celebrates gluttony? The last time I checked, gluttony, despite what all the postmodernists might say, is still … [Read More...]

How is forgiveness related to giving thanks? (Pompeo Batoni, The Return of the Prodigal Son, 1773; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-100).

Thanksgiving as Forgiveness

“The duties of each moment are the shadows beneath which hides the divine operation.” ― Jean-Pierre de Caussade, Abandonment to Divine Providence ============= Sam Rocha is Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Education at the University of British Columbia. He is author of A Primer for the Philosophy and Education and the recently released Folk Phenomenology. He is also an accomplished musician who has two albums, Freedom for Love and Late to Love, under his belt. His upcoming third album wil … [Read More...]

Scandal logo via ABC All Access (fair use).

Rod Dreher’s Scandal

Rod Dreher has been exceedingly kind in his careful readings of Cosmos the in Lost.My respect for his journalism leaves me disappointed about his reading of the TV show Scandal in light of the Paris attacks. I waited for several days for him to reconsider. It didn't happen. Dreher's reading of Scandal, bearing the title Our Diabolical Culture is more than just a little bit over the top:On ABC’s hit show Scandal last night, the main character, the US president’s wife, had an abortion … [Read More...]

The president of France welcoming the refugees America rejects (Source: Flickr, Author: Jean-Marc Ayrault, Link:, CC BY-SA 2.0).

Profiles in Courage for a Refugee Risk-Averse America

We can best memorialize the passing of John F. Kennedy by collecting and emulating contemporary profiles in courage.One day after the anniversary of John F. Kennedy's murder I can't help but think of the importance of his Profiles in Courage as an antidote for this cowardly moment in American politics when Americans scapegoat refugees escaping ISIS.One candidate for a Profiles in Courage in Our Time is France's president Francois Hollande. The Daily Beast post title says it all, … [Read More...]

Christus Rex (Piero di Cosimo, Crucifixion of Christ, c. 16th c.; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-100).

Cosmos: Weakened Edition, 8

  A summary of what’s not weak this week on Cosmos the in Lost:1. EXCLUSIVE: Longtime Immigration Lawyer & Pastor Explains the Refugee Process2. Why Have Civilians Become Primary Jihadist Targets?3. The Jonah Paradox: Is Humanity Living on Borrowed Time?4. TOP10 SciFi Book & Film Resources for a Judgmental Prophetic Theology5. Dear Refugees: Come to my Home, Beat the Dog, Tear the Curtains6. René Girard: Is Christianity a Myth? … [Read More...]


Dear Refugees: Come to my Home, Beat the Dog, Tear the Curtains

This week we read letters from Sam Rocha's monthly mailbag.1st Reading: As the visions during the night continued, I saw one like a Son of man coming . . . (Daniel 7:13) The bag sits just outside the news cycle hot-wash drycleaners, right around the corner from his favorite place to order wings fried hard as mierda like The Fugees do in The Score.Dear refugees,Come to my home, beat the dog, tear the curtains, let the water run, shoot the can, make me poor again, like you, and m … [Read More...]

Attorney Scott Hicks (photo courtesy of Mr. Hicks, all rights reserved).

EXCLUSIVE: Longtime Immigration Lawyer & Pastor Explains the Refugee Process

Scott Hicks has practiced immigration law since 1995 and volunteered for many years before then. He is also Pastor at Red Lion United Methodist Church. ================================== I, Artur Rosman, am a refugee who in 1986 came to the United States with my parents from Poland via refugee camps in Italy. Even as a little child I was struck by the ponderous slowness and thoroughness of the process. I only wanted our family to finally get to the United States. We were aware that if t … [Read More...]

(Jean Changenet, Three Prophets, 1490; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old=100).

TOP10 SciFi Book & Film Resources for a Judgmental Prophetic Theology

The SciFi genre is today's incarnation of the prophetic tradition's harsh and judgmental sayings of love.Yesterday's post on the prophetic tradition in our times can be summarized as asking the following question: What happens when science and technology outstrip philosophy and ethics?The prophetic is the answer. Or, to be more precise, what the Girardian philosopher Jean-Pierre Dupuy calls the Jonah Paradox in  The Mark of the Sacred. This concept is coextensive with what Anna W … [Read More...]