About Thomas L. McDonald

Thomas L. McDonald writes about technology, theology, history, games, and shiny things. Details of his rather uneventful life as a professional writer and magazine editor can be found in the About tab.

The Cold Reboot of the Soul

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I sometimes hold it half a sin To put in words the grief I feel; For words, like Nature, half reveal And half conceal the Soul within. –Tennyson– My brain is a treacherous organ. I’ve made my living from it for almost a quarter century, yet it has a defect that makes this hard sometimes. [Read More...]

How I Work: Will Duquette

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Will Duquette completes the ora et labora circuit by adding a How I Work to his How I Pray entry. Here’s a little bit: I use Evernote for storing general notes I’ve got no better place to put—ideas for blog posts, for example. I’ve drafted a fair number of blog posts in Evernote as well; [Read More...]

Pope Benedict, Creation, and Biblical Criticism

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My paper “The Word in Creation: The Ratzingerian Critique of the Historical-Critical Method and Its Application to the Creation Accounts” is up at Homiletic and Pastoral Review. Two of my preoccupations during my master’s studies were Creation (particularly the Augustinian understanding of Genesis) and the theology of Pope Benedict. This paper was where the two converged thanks to [Read More...]

Hip-Deep Heaps of Quail!

From Logos Bible Software

Today’s infographic comes courtesy of Translation Follies. It purports to illustrate Numbers 11:31, in which the Lord sends quail in abundance to the Israelites. Some Bibles, including the NAB, do indeed translate the passage as “at a depth of two cubits upon the ground.” Even the fairly literal NASB adds an italicized deep in the passage. [Read More...]

Blogging Will Remain Light

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I enjoyed my Spring break so much that I decided to extended it … by getting sick! I had hoped to return with a How I Pray today and then Regularly Scheduled Blogging, but that will have to wait for a little while. In the mean time, enjoy this medieval illumination of a rabbit holding [Read More...]

Happy Easter

Alexander Ivanov, Christ’s Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection (1835)

From my family to yours, may you have a happy and blessed Easter. [Read more...]

How I Work: Anthony S. Layne

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Over at Outside the Asylum, Anthony Lane takes on the How I Work challenge: What has changed over the years since you started and what do you do differently? Oh, my, what hasn’t? I keep thinking of the song from The Mikado, “As some day it may happen”, in which Ko-Ko tells us that, among [Read More...]

Understanding the Washing of the Feet

(Photo: L'Osservatore Romano)

One of the most striking traditions of Holy Week is the washing of the feet at Holy Thursday mass. Once again, we are reenacting something Christ himself commanded us to do, and the somewhat awkward and uncomfortable way the tradition is performed at many modern masses does nothing to undercut the potent symbolism of the [Read More...]


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