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There are only a couple days left, so enter now. Seriously, how could you not enter this contest?! Even if you’re not Catholic. Even if you’re not Christian. Even if you don’t have a computer. Even if you’re not a sentient life form! How could you miss this rare opportunity to grab the single best [Read More...]

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Generation and Spiration: The Processions of the Trinity

The Trinity: Coronation of the Virgin, altar of the Charterhouse of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon.

Yesterday’s Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity is the celebration of a mystery: that three persons are somehow in one God. It took time for Church to fully understand the triune nature of God, drawing out the trinitarian references from scripture and trying to construct a deeper philosophical and theological context for understanding them. [Since this [Read More...]

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[Sticky] WIN a Logos Catholic Scholar’s Library Worth $790

Logos Bible Software has graciously offered to provide a Complete Logos Catholic Scholar’s Library to one lucky reader of God and the Machine. The package is worth $790, and you can read more about it here. I’ve written an overview of the software, and an update on some recent additions. Click on this link to enter the contest via the [Read More...]

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First Ancient Proof of Bethlehem’s Existence Discovered UPDATED

This is huge news, which is made even more wonderful since it comes from such a tiny object. In an excavation in the City of David (the most historically important area of Jerusalem), a tiny bulla was found imprinted with the words “Bat Lechem,” the ancient name for Bethlehem. (A bulla is a seal, usually made [Read More...]

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Where I Am Today

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I’m in Philly visiting the Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times for a story in the National Catholic Register. I’ll post some initial reactions when I return, and a link to the story when it’s published. Here’s the official line: The Franklin Institute’s Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times [Read More...]

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More on the Megiddo Hoard

I posted on this yesterday, but more information is coming out of Tel Aviv University. First, there’s this excellent picture of the jar’s contents, which date from about 1100BC: Next, there’s a long press release from the University, with more details on the jar, its discovery and analysis, and significance. I’ll embed the whole thing after the [Read More...]

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A Pair of Holy Land Discoveries

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It’s amazing that new things are still emerging from Holy Land sites and discoveries. After a hundred years of excavations at Tel Megiddo, archaeologists have just discovered a hidden vessel containing gold and silver jewelry wrapped in cloth.  The objects date from about 1100BC, and include a unique gold earring decorated with either ibex or wild [Read More...]

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Convicting the World: Today’s Reading From John

Today’s Gospel reading is John 16:5-11, which includes a remarkably enigmatic passage spoke by Christ during his long discourse at the last supper. Here is the full text of the reading: 5 But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have [Read More...]

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