Sing, Sing, Sing!

One of my favorite pieces from the Swing era is Benny Goodman's epic version of "Sing, Sing, Sing", which to my surprise I heard playing over the loudspeakers while in line for the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland a few days ago. It's long, so start it going and let it play in the background while you read your e-mail or something:Of course, Goodman wasn't the original composer; that credit goes to Louis Prima, who not only plays a mean trumpet but also sings:And finally, here's a … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat Saw Litigation, Minecraft Cathedrals, and Absurd Optimism

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The Dogmat saw the usual range of stuff, including a couple of thought-provoking pieces and some absurd and touching faith in the power of technology and technological thinking.The Cathedral of Our Lady of Amiens in Minecraft: Be sure to click through and watch the video; it's truly an amazing accomplishment. (Link courtesy of Tom McDonald.)What's the Point of Pointless Suffering?: We've been discussing suffering recently, chez Dogmat; here's one of Jennifer Fitz' recent posts on the … [Read more...]

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We Suffer Because We Are Human

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In my previous post I ended by suggesting that God couldn’t remove all suffering in the world without changing humanity: without making human beings something they are not.  In this post I’m going to explain why I say that.  It comes down to free will, which leads to some surprising places.We human beings have free will in a sense that other animals do not seem to.*  We can choose from among many choices; and though we always choose from among the things that seem good to us, we know we can c … [Read more...]

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Why Doesn’t God Prevent Suffering?

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My atheist interlocutors have presented me with a vast number of questions on my post “Which Monotheistic God is God”, a rich lode that I suspect I could continue to mine for a very long time indeed.  Many of the questions have to do with the question of suffering: if God is truly good, and truly all powerful, why didn’t He create a world without suffering?  Why doesn’t He prevent suffering before it happens?This is one of the truly great questions, naturally, and as entire books have been wr … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: The Son and the Father are One

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We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.Having explained just how the Word, the Second Person of the Trinity, is generated from the Father from all eternity, Thomas goes on to explain that, in John the Evangelist’s words, “the Word was God.” Since natural existence and the action of understanding are distinct in us, we should note that a word conceived in our intellect, having only intellectual existen … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat Saw The Beauty

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The Dogmat has seen a lot of neat and beautiful stuff over the last couple of weeks, amid everything else. Being doggy rather than catty, the Dogmat prefers to focus on the beautiful stuff.How to Express Admiration: Scott Meyer explains (in cartoon form) how to express admiration for another; and specifically how to express admiration for Walt Disney because "he's the closest thing we've ever had to a Bond movie villain." After all, did build "an immense complex in the middle of a swamp, … [Read more...]

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A Collection of Mindfulness-ness (Updated!)

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Recently I’ve been hearing quite a bit about mindfulness, most recently at Weight Watchers where we are encouraged to be mindful about the food we are eating.  A couple of weeks ago they gave us a “mindfulness exercise”, to wit, spending two minutes counting our breaths.  From what I've gathered, mindfulness involves quieting your thoughts and being aware and alert to your body and your environment.  As such, it’s a way of being present, of living in the moment; and apparently the goal is to star … [Read more...]

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Movie Review: Inside Out

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Go see it. Pixar's knocked it out of the park with this one: there wasn't a single false note.I can't really say any more without spoiling it. You've probably seen a review or two by now, or a trailer, so you have enough of a notion of what it's about already. So go see it, already! … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: What Did John Say about the Word?

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We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.In the previous chapter, Thomas showed a way in which we can say that the First and Second Persons of the Trinity are related as Father and Son; and he clarifies his usage in this chapter: Hence in the rule of Catholic faith we are taught to profess belief in the Father and Son in God by saying: “I believe in God the Father, and in His Son.” And lest anyone, on h … [Read more...]

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