What, No Hyboria?

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Conan will not be pleased. Shamelessly stolen from Mark Shea. [Read more...]

Prosthetics Through Time

This beautiful series of photographs from the BBC shows how people have created artificial limbs as far back as ancient Egypt. There’s a poignant beauty to many of these creations, particularly the steel and brass arm pictured above, which dates from some time between 1840 and 1940. From the past, we turn to two visions of [Read More...]

New Catholic Resources From Logos

Andrew Jones, the man spearheading the Logos Bible Software Catholic program, is pushing ahead with some incredible add-ons to the original three base packages. The following are already available: There is a nice selection of texts from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, focusing on different topics in scripture study. These are divided in a New Testament Studies Collection (11 [Read More...]

Archaeology … in SPAAAAACE!

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  Actually, it’s archaeology from space, but I couldn’t resist a Muppets reference. Satellite data is becoming an essential tool for archaeology, as the widespread availability of improved imaging allows researchers to identify areas of former human habitation that cannot be seen from the ground: Beyond the impressive mounds of earth, known as tells in Arabic, that mark lost [Read More...]

“Evil talks about tolerance only when it is weak”

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia offers one of the most powerful meditations on modern life I’ve seen in ages. In it, he ties together the descent of our culture into a kind of moral insanity, its eugenicist tendencies, and its profound frivolity. He begins by linking the extermination of unborn children with Down Syndrome and [Read More...]

The Gospel of John and the Catechism

I’m a catechist and a theology student, and from time to time I’ll be posting some longer pieces on these subjects. The following is adapted from something I wrote for a graduate class on the Gospel of John. The Gospel of John is at the heart of the Church’s Christology, and thus forms a vital [Read More...]

St. Dymphna: Out of the Shadows of Mental Illness

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This was the first thing I wrote for Patheos, two years ago. It’s about St. Dymphna, the patron saint of those with “nervous disorders”: in other words, the mentally ill. She’s a tough saint to love: The problem for anyone with a devotion to St. Dymphna is that her story may be mere legend, embellished [Read More...]

Monday Morning Chicken

"You know those don't really work, right?"

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