“The Christmas Shoes” is The Worst Song Ever

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I’m not a huge fan of Christmas music. I don’t want to hear it until the day after Thanksgiving, and it must be gone by the time the tree is taken down, 12 days after Christmas. In between those two periods I have a few things I like well enough, such as: … as well [Read More...]

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The Origin of Man, Original Sin, and Why It’s All Your Fault

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On Twitter, Kyle Cupp asked the following question: I replied with a quip I use with my students: “The sin of Adam was inevitable, even if ‘Adam’ wasn’t the one who committed it. If Adam hadn’t eaten the apple, I would have.” He was, however, looking for something more specific: I have to say at [Read More...]

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Talmud and Tech

  How do we respond to changes in technology that call into question how we understand and practice our faith? Perhaps the example of the rabbinic sages can offer a clue. Daf Yomi is the practice of reading a page of the Babylonian Talmud every day in seven and half year cycles. (There are 2,711 [Read More...]

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In Baltimore With Bishops and Bloggers

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So if you’ve been cruising around the Catholic blogs and news sites, you may have already heard about the bishops and bloggers meeting that took place on Sunday, a day before the official start of the USCCB’s general convention. Security was light and I was able to sneak in and pretend to be worthy of [Read More...]

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Verbum: The New Logos for Catholics

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I’ve used Logos Bible study software for used for many years, so when they began creating products aimed at the Catholic market, I was delighted. In the past year, Logos has been adding new titles and features specifically for Catholics, and now they have decided to turn that product line into its own brand: Verbum. [Read More...]

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Hairy Tales [Game Review]

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Hairy Tales Developer: Arges Systems Platforms: iOS: $1, Mac: $3, PC: coming soon Rated: n/r Content: Nothing objectionable, unless brainless hairy fairies occasionally falling to their doom off a flat world somehow offends you. As further proof that the most interesting game mechanics are now being developed for mobile systems, I offer Hairy Tales, a weird [Read More...]

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Stoker at 165

  There is some debate about what is truly the first horror, Gothic, or vampire novel, but there’s no debate at all about the most important: Dracula, by Bram Stoker. Vampires have become so ubiquitous and cliched that it’s difficult to read Stoker’s tale with a mind unsullied by Buffy or sparkling or other nonsense. [Read More...]

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“Be content to trust in the Lord”

  No profound thoughts or gnashing of teeth this morning. There’s simply relief that this is all over at last, and that we can get back to living and worshiping as we shiver in the shadow of tyrants. Our faith was forged in the shadow of tyrants: a shadow that fell upon the ground in the shape [Read More...]

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