Saturday Song: “Down to the River to Pray”

One of the most flawless musical instruments on Planet Earth: the voice of Alison Krauss. The song itself is, far as I can tell, a bit of a mystery. It’s traditional, 19th century, and may well have been a slave song. [Read more...]

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Exhibit A for Explaining the LCWR Report

The keynote speaker for the annual conference of the LCWR is New Age quack Barbara Marx Hubbard. If you’ve never heard of her, just try to imagine a combination of Deepak Chopra and Ray Kurzweil with an extra helping of crazy. Her big thing is Conscious Evolution, which is the latest repackaging of “est” with an added [Read More...]

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First Reaction from the LCWR UPDATED

UPDATED: Exhibit A for Explaining the LCWR Report. Writers on all sides of the ideological spectrum have been chewing over the welcome news that the dissident Leadership Conference of Women Religious will be reformed, so I won’t rehash the story here. You can find the full Doctrinal Assessment here, and read Rocco’s balanced coverage here. I was [Read More...]

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Not Every Job is Made Better by Robots

F’rinstance: South Korean prison guard. And this is necessary because … CCTV is too efficient and cost effective and doesn’t involve cool proto-Daleks? Now, if Robo-Guard wandered up and down gen-pop shouting “EX-TER-MI-NATE!” randomly, then I might be able to get behind this. This article at Phys.org appears to have an accurate read on this. It’s not [Read More...]

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“Lord, what about this man?”

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Raphael, Christ’s Charge to Peter During class Sunday night, I went through the resurrection accounts with my students, and spent some time on the three appearances of Christ to the apostles in John. These are enigmatic passages which some consider late additions, and one of the most unusual is this exchange between St. Peter and the risen [Read More...]

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St. Cuthbert Gospel Sold for £9 million

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The St. Cuthbert Gospel is the oldest surviving European book, and thus one of the most important volumes in the world. The Gospel is a Latin pocket edition of John that was originally placed in the Cuthbert’s tomb some time after his death in 687. The book most likely did not belong to Cuthbert, but was created [Read More...]

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Who is the Patron Saint of Gamers? UPDATED

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Short answer: there is none. However, searches for variations of that question brought a lot of people to my gaming blog, probably because the sidebar included a picture of St. Balthasar, the Patron Saint of Playing Card Manufacturers.  Since I lecture on Church history and have a sizable collection of hagiographic reference material, I thought [Read More...]

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The Most Pressing Issue in Global Christianity

I try not to duplicate material found on other blogs here at Patheos, but Mark Shea posted a powerful and important video from John Allen, Jr. on the global persecution of Christians, and it deserves the widest possible distribution. I’ve read John Allen for a long time, and always admired his work, if not the [Read More...]

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