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...]


The Jonah Paradox: Is Humanity Living on Borrowed Time?

The Jonah Paradox, as conceived in Dupuy's The Mark of the Sacred, is the existential mission of talking about the apocalypse, despite yourself, as if the inevitability of the apocalypse is written into the stone tablets of fate. Paradoxically this is done in the hope of indefinitely deferring the apocalypse.This paradox is something we need to come to terms with not only in the face of the Paris Attacks, but also in the face of the West's unlimited military power. The Paris Attacks only … [Read More...]

We should all dread the inevitability of terrorist organizations acquiring nuclear weapons and using them preemptively (Atomic cloud over Hiroshima, taken from "Enola Gay" flying over Matsuyama, Shikoku, 6 August 1945; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-US-Government-Work).

Why Have Civilians Become Primary Jihadist Targets?

There is nothing more heinous than the military targeting of innocent civilians like in the Paris Attacks.It goes against the venerable Just War tradition, which originated with St. Augustine.Just War ritualized war in order to prevent impure blood from watering furrows (generally with little success).  The French Revolution was one of the first major explicit rejections in rhetoric and practice of this commendable (in theory) tradition.The Girardian theoretician Jean-Pierre Dupu … [Read More...]

Girard continues to be ever more relevant after his death and recent events in Paris (Anonymous, S.A. Crawford carrying a goat. Studio portrait showing man carrying a goat over his shoulder, in front of a painted backdrop of snow-covered mountains, 1905; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Registered Before-1923).

Cosmos: Weakened Edition, 7

What's not weak this week highlights the violent scapegoating origins of all human culture.1. 4 Remedies for Fundamentalist vs. Atheist Starbucks Red Cup Wars2. Patheos Catholic Manifesto: The Girard Option of Interdisciplinary Influence3. Lux Aeterna: RIP René Girard (December 25, 1923 – Nov 4, 2015)4. From Napoleon to Bin Laden: France and Modern Terrorism5. A New Springtime for Hitler?6. René Girard: Is Christianity a Myth?7. Girard: Islamic Extremism is Symmetr … [Read More...]