Mysterious Structure Under the Sea of Galilee

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I filed this one away in Evernote this summer and forgot to blog it, but it’s too cool to let pass: A huge, cone-shaped monument has been discovered by a team of Israeli archaeologists conducting a geophysical survey on the southern Sea of Galilee. According to a paper published in the International Journal of Nautical [Read More...]

The Radical Traditionalism of … Prince Charles?

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I honestly didn’t not see this one coming. Stratford Caldicott writes about the well-nigh Distributist sensibilities of Prince Charles, a man I always filed under, “Daffy Monarchy: see also, Environmental Extremist, Sordid Love Affairs.” Shows you what I know. Let’s start with a good pull quote from Bonnie Prince Charlie, who says he is motivated [Read More...]

Pauline Site Excavated, Church Discovered

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“When an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to molest them and to stone them, they learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycao’nia, and to the surrounding country; and there they preached the gospel.” Acts 14:5-7 Digging is going on now at one of the [Read More...]

A Word About Books…

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Spinoza’s Excommunication from the People of Israel

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Humanities has a good article analyzing the causes for the uniquely vicious writ of excommunication pronounced upon the philosopher Baruch Spinoza by the leaders of the Portuguese Jewish community in Amsterdam. The text is notable for its eye-popping condemnations, curses, and vitriol, particularly since it was written before Spinoza had published any controversial opinions. Let’s [Read More...]

The Technophobic Traditionalism of “The Prisoner”

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I started showing my daughter Patrick McGoohan’s classic surrealist spy show The Prisoner last night, and she had a lot of questions (as does everyone who watches) about the symbols and meaning. This kind of thing is hotly debated, and has been since the original series ended its run with a cryptic ending that left [Read More...]

“Where Were You?”

Alan Jackson, struggling to understand 9/11, woke early one morning in October 2001 with this song in his head. He was reluctant to record it, feeling it would be exploiting a tragedy, and originally intended to just perform it on the Country Music Awards show in November 2001. Although it would be mocked in some [Read More...]

A Prayer For 9/11

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Dear Lord, as we remember the evils of September 11th, let us turn our hearts and minds towards the good found only in You; Be close to those who mourn: the parents who lost children, the children who never knew a parent, and all who lost a loved one; Embrace this grieving nation, and let [Read More...]

My Wife Replies to “Are You Being Called?”

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My wife decided to reply to my post Are You Being Called?, and I thought it was worth its own post. So, here’s the perspective from my (much) better half. Since Tom kind of called me out in his post, I decided to chime in too. I remember sitting in Mass that morning 10 years [Read More...]

Tarot in Games Magazine

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For those who followed the tarot posts, the issue of Games featuring my tarot story should be on stands this week. Here’s the cover: The version here at God and the Machine is about twice the length of the magazine version, and greatly expands the religious content.   [Read more...]

Are You Being Called?

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One Sunday evening, ten years ago, my wife went to a meeting at church. Our parish had a new DRE, and she was attempting to create a real religious education program for the parish’s growing number of children. My wife can speak to her own reasons for going to that meeting, and maybe she will [Read More...]

Ask a Slave

If this hasn’t already gone viral, it’s about to. Funny, funny stuff from Azie Mira Dungey, an actress who played the Washington’s house slave, Lizzie Mae, at the Mount Vernon historical site. The questions are actual things people have asked her. The only minor annoyance is the “Jefferson had sex with his slaves” line (a slander [Read More...]

A Brief Rant on the Looming American Health Care Disaster

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Salty language ahead. I decided to blog angry, which I rarely do. Sometimes anger is clarifying. Writers, artists, musicians, etc are set to lose their health care under Obamacare changes. Sweet sweet poetic justice. As I get put through the wringer over changes this asshole and his asshole supporters forced on us (we just lost [Read More...]

RIP, Monsignor Richard Tofani

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A most excellent priest passed away suddenly last week. Msgr. Richard Tofani was the pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Hainesport, Trenton Diocese. Msgr. Tofani was a good man. He always helped out with my wife’s First Reconciliations, and several hundred of our parish children had their first experience of the Sacrament from [Read More...]

Hopeful Signs? UPDATE #2: Not a Hoax

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The optimist in me says “yes.” The cynic says, “public relations ploy.” I try paying more attention to the optimist. In any case, it’s welcome. From the President of Iran: It’s worthwhile remembering that the Iranian people (particularly the young) tend to have positive feelings towards America, by and large. (They tend to despise the [Read More...]


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