Why Not Worship Zeus?

The Temple of Olympian Zeus

Several commenters on my post "Proving God Experimentally" asked why my experiment would lead to belief in the specifically Christian God?  Why not to some other religion?  Similarly, my atheist interlocutor Korou said, To be fair, I've never asked Allah or the Hindu gods, or Zeus to do the same.  From my point of view, any of them are as likely to exist as the other.As I've noted elsewhere, I didn't come to the Catholic faith as a result of an exhaustive search of the possibilities; I c … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: Why is the Word the Son of the Father?

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We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.In this Chapter Thomas continues building up a model of the Trinity in Aristotelian terms.  I must note that this is not the definitive model of the Trinity; as Augustine famously noted, the Trinity is a mystery that we cannot encompass.  But it's a way of thinking about the Trinity that Thomas found spiritually useful.He continues from the previous chapter, i … [Read more...]

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The Wreck of the Athens Queen

Here's a sprightly little ditty about drunkenly salvaging chickens, couches, cows, and brandy from the shipwrecked Athens Queen, sung (and composed, I believe) by the inimitable Stan Rogers.And then, if you like, you can hear it performed by a troupe of buskers who dress like pirates and call themselves "The World Famous Bootstrappers."  None of them sing as well as Stan Rogers, but they get extra points for color: … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat saw Racism and Death

Much of what the Dogmat saw this week made him unhappy, especially the news from Charleston. The Dogmat is glad that the shooter's goal of igniting a race war has so far not been reached, and he is mightily impressed with the forgiveness shown by the survivors.On Racism in the American South and the Shock of the Charleston Shootings: While providing neither a facile explanation for the shooter's actions nor a facile prescription for how to prevent similar shootings, Jen Fitz provides some … [Read more...]

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My New Friend: A Rugged Rosary

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I've got a new friend; he lives in my car.  That's him, over there to the right.I often pray the Rosary on the way to work in the morning.  In my old car, which had an automatic transmission, I used a little teeny finger rosary that I would hang on one of the vent knobs between uses.  I had to be careful doing that, because if I dropped it, it was gone: under the seat or into a crevice or into another dimension or somewhere; at least, I very seldom found them again.  But it was fun … [Read more...]

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The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey

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Following a nudge by Tom McDonald I've just re-read Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time, which is perhaps the most unusual whodunnit I've ever read.  Tey was an English mystery writer of the Golden Age of British mysteries, a contemporary of Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh; she also wrote plays under the name of Gordon Daviot.  And that's almost all that anyone actually knows about her…except that she didn't write to a formula.  Each of her mysteries is distinct in tone and structure from the ot … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: Conceiving an Idea vs. Conceiving a Child

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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 last chapter Thomas explained that God's knowledge of Himself can be called His "Word"; and since His intellect is the same as His essence, His Word must necessarily be in Him rather than apart from Him.What is contained in the intellect, as an interior word, is by common usage said to be a conception of the intellect.As contained in the mind we r … [Read more...]

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I Guess That’s How The Future’s Done: Mushaboom, by Feist

From Feist, here's a lovely little song about dreaming for the future and building a life together. I don't know much about Feist, but she's got a few songs I like, and of those this is my favorite. … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat saw Causal Chains, People Burning Alive, and Real Distinctions

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This week the Dogmat saw dance recitals, mostly. Lots and lots of dance recitals. Or, actually, one dance recital spread over several days with lots and lots of dances. But he also had time to see a few things on the Webs.Cross on Scotus on causal series: For those who have been discussing Thomas' arguments for God's existence, here's an article that gives a nice clear explanation of the distinction between the two kinds of causal chains (and why it matters). The rest of you can move … [Read more...]

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