Review: Monster Hunter International, by Larry Correia

Monster Hunter International

I'm coming to late to reviewing this one; I first Larry Correia's Monster Hunter International a couple of years ago, and then again later, and then again this past week. Gosh, it's a lot of fun. Occasionally horrific; frequently violent; and not at all to be take seriously.We begin with accountant Owen Z. Pitt, who has arrived at work for a date with destiny...or, at least, with his evil pointy-haired-boss, who acquired an all-over case of hirsutism during a recent vacation in the north … [Read more...]

Why Marriage is Controversial

Thoughts about Marriage

I first posted this on my old blog, a couple of years ago. I'm reviving it for this week's Summer Symposium on the Family, in preparation for the Bishop's Synod on the Family this October.The following chart shows why discussing marriage with others who do not share your presuppositions is fraught with peril.I suspect that most people’s notions of marriage form a subset of the items on the chart. Trouble is, for two different people the overlap can exclude what one or the other f … [Read more...]

Lumen Fidei: It Ain’t A Game of Telephone


In last week's selection from Lumen Fidei, Pope Francis talked about how faith spreads from one person to another, as light spreads from one candle to another at the Easter Vigil mass. In paragraphs 38 and 39, he talks about this light spreads through time, from generation to generation:The transmission of the faith not only brings light to men and women in every place; it travels through time, passing from one generation to another. Because faith is born of an encounter which takes place … [Read more...]

Just So Stories

Elephant's Trunk

This was first posted in April of 2005. And it's all true.I've reviewed Kipling's Just So Stories before, back in 2001 when I was reading them to David. After that they got put on the shelf, not to be taken down again until we were reading Prince Caspian. There were several evenings when David wasn't available at story-time, and on those evenings I needed something different. I scanned the shelves, and Aha! This book fell right into my hand.There are many stories I remember my … [Read more...]

Angel Summoner and the BMX Bandit

Fridays are usually for music; but my nephew showed me this delightful bit of British nonsense the other day, and it's too good to keep to myself. Meet the crime fighting duo of the Angel Summoner and the BMX Bandit! … [Read more...]

Words I Wish I’d Written: Beware of Little Old Ladies!

Monkey Typing

A little old woman came hobbling along, her crooked cane feeling for the cracks between the slick cobblestones. Because she had a black cloak huddled around her and a black cowl over her head— and so seemed a part of the dark fog— one of the merchants almost collided with her in the shadows. He helped her around a slimy puddle and grinned commiseratingly when she complained in a quavering voice about the condition of the street and the manifold dangers to which an old woman was exposed. She went … [Read more...]

I’d Fall On My Face and Worship

Contemplating the Blessed Sacrament

The other day I saw a blog post (I don't remember where) in which a Muslim friend accompanied the blogger to mass, and said, "If I really thought God was in that gold box, I'd fall on my face in worship. I'd be afraid to stand up." I've seen similar sentiments ascribed to Gandhi, and the challenge is clear: if we Catholics truly believe that the bread and wine truly become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, why don't we act like it? Why don't we fall down on our faces and worship?The … [Read more...]

Review: Soulless, by Gail Carriger


Soulless, by Gail Carriger, is an exceedingly silly novel of a sort I don't usually read.  I can best describe it as a steam-punk (i.e., Victorian plus weird technology) paranormal (i.e., vampires and werewolves) bodice-ripper (lots of...well).  I picked it up because I'd been seeing it on the shelves for some years (it was first published in 2009), it's part of a complete series, and the bodice-ripper aspect wasn't apparent in the segments I sampled at the bookstore.The conceit is that G … [Read more...]

CT 6: Necessity of God’s Existence

We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.So far Thomas has shown that there is a First Mover, that this First Mover is an Unmoved Mover, utterly unchanging, and that this First Mover is eternal, outside time.  Thomas continues,The same line of reasoning clearly shows that God necessarily exists.Necessary and contingent are philosophical terms of art.  An existent being is necessary if it must e … [Read more...]