Was There Work Before The Fall of Man?

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In Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo XIII makes the following observation about work: As regards bodily labor, even had man never fallen from the state of innocence, he would not have remained wholly idle; but that which would then have been his free choice and his delight became afterwards compulsory, and the painful expiation for his [Read More...]

Augustine Contemplates the City of God

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From the collection of the Morgan Library & Museum comes this amazing illuminated page from De civitate Dei. If you click on it you can zoom and scan to a remarkable level of detail. The illuminations are by Girolamo da Cremona from 1475, and the Morgan describes it this way: “In the lower portion of this sumptuous [Read More...]

Pikmin in Ancient Greece

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Well, not quite, but Okhlos from Coffee Powered Machine certainly suggests what you might get if those yellow and red and blue Pikmin were actually old philosophers and angry soldiers and powerful heroes like Asclepius.  The goal is to rally a mob of these good citizens of ancient Greece and then use them to defeat [Read More...]

The Rivals For Catan [App o' the Mornin']

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Klaus Teuber’s two-player version of Settlers of Catan went through a much needed streamlining and revision a couple years ago, creating a more balanced, user-friendly game. The Rivals for Catan (USM, iOS: $4) uses the themes and setting of Catan, such as quasi-medieval village life; gathering rock, wood, wool, gold, brick, and stone; and spending [Read More...]

The Most Commonly Used Password Was …

… yeah, you guessed it: “PASSWORD.” That’s been the winner for a couple years straight, but this year, computer users got wise and upgraded to a foolproof system with an uncrackable password. That would be “123456.” People, people, people … you need to stop doing this. SplashData’s top 25 password list was compiled from data [Read More...]

A Bible Verse For MLK Day

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Men die. Dreams don’t. Joseph’s brothers thought to slay him and rob him of his dreams, but he rose as if from a tomb and become more powerful in “death” than he had been in life. For each Christian martyr cut down, more rose to replace them, leading Tertullian to write, “The blood of martyrs [Read More...]

Tour the Priscilla Catacombs on Google Maps

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After years of restoration work, the Priscilla Catacombs in Rome were reopened last fall. This 8-mile network of tunnels was used for Christian burial and worship from the 2nd to 5th centuries. The catacombs were forgotten, looted, ignored, and ultimately reclaimed, and now centuries of grime has been removed to reveal striking art work. The [Read More...]

Newsify [App o' the Mornin']

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RSS feeds are essential to my work. It’s the only way to track hundreds (sometimes thousands) of headlines as I try to keep abreast of several major subject areas: games, technology, religion, archaeology, and science. Dozens of RSS readers, both PC and mobile, have passed through my life in the last decade or so. Sometimes [Read More...]


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