Being a Jerk Doesn’t Necessarily Make You a Misogynist

I just ran across this post, "Beyond Mansplaining: A New Lexicon of Misogynist Trolling Behaviors", and I have to ask what misogyny has to do with it—leaving completely to the side the question of whether obnoxious behavior toward a specific woman counts as "misogyny". I've seen most of the behaviors described here performed by people of both sexes toward bloggers of both sexes. Trolls gotta troll, I guess, but I'd love to know what makes "sealioning", "gaslighting", "gauntletting", " … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: Consubstantial with the Father

We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.My plan is to faithfully step through each of the chapters in the Compendium Theologiae, one each week, until I’ve gotten through the whole thing; otherwise, I’d be mightily tempted to skip the current chapter as it offers very little that’s new. However, things are busy just now, and the previous chapter took me three weeks to get through, so I’m going to take m … [Read more...]

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Free Will, and the Struggle for Excellence

My posts about suffering have revolved around the notion of “free will”, and that has led to a number of questions, such as, “If suffering is possible on Earth because of free will, and if we still have free will in Heaven, then shouldn’t there be suffering in Heaven as well?”  And so the time has come to define the term “free will” more rigorously.I hasten to add, this is an area where I am very much a student, not a master.  I’m sure you’ve got a few grains of salt handy.In what follows … [Read more...]

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Dog Tired

I've just completed the second day of a three-day series of all day meetings. And these aren't the kind of meetings where I can sit in the back and listen with half-an-hear for things that concern me; they are the kind of meetings where I need to be paying close attention throughout. So, here's a picture. … [Read more...]

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Review: Canon Selphy 4×6 Photo Printer

Given that I'm taking pictures again, I wanted a way to make nice looking prints of my favorites so that I can show them off and see what other folks think. We've got an all-in-one inkjet printer that's not bad, but it's also shared with everyone in the house, and everyone in the house expects it to have 8.5" by 11" paper in it at all times. It's not so much that they would try to print to it while I'm printing photos as that I'd load it with 4x6 paper and then forget about it...and then … [Read more...]

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Knowing is Not Enough; and the Doing is Hard

Continuing through Cam’s comment on my post about suffering in Heaven, he asks, Your first argument seems to revolve around knowledge, yes? You're saying we won't have suffering in heaven because we will have perfect knowledge. This knowledge is somehow caused by something God is or does, and the exact mechanics of that probably won't matter for my comment….Secondly, your first argument seems to rest on an assumption often used by Christians in the service of theological issues (such as div … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: Begotten, Not Made

We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.In the past two weeks, Thomas has shown how the Word is not distinct from God in time or in species; finally, he shows that the Word is not distinct from God in nature: that is, the nature of God and the nature of the Word are identical. Lastly it is impossible for the Word to differ from God according to nature, since it is natural for God to understand Himsel … [Read more...]

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Got the Blues, Got the Blues, Got the Saint Louis Blues

The "Saint Louis Blues" is a jazz standard. It was composed by W.C. Handy as a fusion of "ragtime syncopation with a real melody in the spiritual tradition." It's been recorded by "God" and everybody, and it's one of my favorites. I thought we'd take a tour through some of the recordings.First, here's Handy and his band, recorded in 1914. I'd not heard this version before.In 1921, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band recorded their version. The band wasn't original, nor was it from … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat Saw Lions, Panthers, and Saints, Oh My!

The Dogmat thinks he'll start with the Panther.A 78-year-old German man was hiding a full-size tank in his basement: During WWII, the Germans built tanks they called Panzerkampfwagens, which means Armoured War Wagon, or "Panzer" for short. The Mark V Panzer was the "Panther" tank. So the tank in this story is a Panther, and it's a Panzer, but Panzer is not German for Panther. Alles klar?‘The Bigger Picture': Flashcards and an App for Photo Challenges and Inspiration: The Dogmat h … [Read more...]

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