A Soap Box Interview at Solidarity Hall

Solidarity Hall has a thing for lefty Catholic native Texans. Their Soap Box interview series began with Elizabeth Stoker-Bruenig and was followed by Hunter Sharpless, both originally from the Republic of Texas. I am now their third. We talked about my review of God's Not Dead, the Christian film that came out this summer.Read the write-up that goes along with the recorded interview. … [Read more...]

Vaccines and Ideological Delusions

Every few weeks my Facebook feed revisits another report from a nutty niche website of a study that definitively proves the debilitating evils of infant, child, and pregnant mother vaccinations. The studies cited are usually recycled from the previous unpersuasive iteration, and Simcha Fisher is usually a reliable antidote to them. The issue usually then boils down to journalistic self-reporting by parents who reject vaccinations, which too often is given a polite pass.*I'm very sad to re … [Read more...]

Another Late to Love Round-Up!

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(Read the first round-up, including links to 11 reviews.)*Late to Love has been out for almost two weeks now and has received quite a few mentions and reviews. Here they are, counting off from 11, where the last round-up ended:12. Pia de Solenni includes Late to Love among art that shows "Why We Don’t Need Catholic/Christian Writers, Artists, etc."13. Korrectiv Press gives its literary cousin, Wiseblood, a shout out.14. Tom Zampino writes "Of Pears, And Lusts, And Conv … [Read more...]

Black United Students at Kent State University Stage a “Die In”

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Today at 1 pm EST, Black United Students organized and staged a "die in" at Kent State University in response to continuing violence against African Americans and other -- often young and male -- people of colour. Photos and video taken by Walter Gershon.  #‎kentstatediein   … [Read more...]

‘Late to Love’ Round-up!

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My debut album, Late to Love, was released in all formats on the feast of St. Augustine. Here is a round-up of reviews and notes about its progress.*Running on just under two hours of sleep, I played a solo concert at Regent College on the evening of the release. Considering that I am new in town, it was well attended, with about 40 people. Here is the entire video:Here is a photo album of the evening, courtesy of Justin Tse. (And here is another one, courtesy of Richard Wu … [Read more...]

The Way of Beauty: From Aesthetics to Art

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A great deal of ink has been spilled lately about the need to appreciate what Pope Francis recently referred to in Evangelii Gaudium as the via pulchritudinis, the way of beauty. The term 'aesthetics' is in vogue, so it seems, and it appears to be having some positive effects, in small but serious ways, on contemporary religious artists---they are out there, and perhaps always have been, but are getting more attention and reception.Nonetheless, aesthetics is not art. The former pre … [Read more...]

The Art of Blogging No. 5: An Interview with Leah Libresco

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Leah Libresco is one of the few Patheos bloggers who has blogged at two channels. Her blog, Unequally Yoked, began with the Atheist Channel in 2010 and found its way to the Catholic Channel---as she joined the Roman Catholic Church---in 2012. Her interview was swift and direct, with almost no editing required for her part. Employed as a statistician in Washington DC, Libresco writes on topics that vary from ethics and stoicism to books and debate. She shows a remarkable, soul-searching ability t … [Read more...]

Process, Preparation, and the Catholic Rigor of Art

In anticipation of the release of my new album, Late to Love, here is a very interesting conversation about art between two Catholics, Conan O'Brien and Jack White.*I would never presume to say that Catholics have some special ability to make art, but I will claim that Catholic art has something to it that is distinctly and darkly beautiful. I am one of the least rock-and-roll guitarists out there, but I've recently become very interested in Jack White's work.I must admit that I … [Read more...]

Phenomenology is in the Air!

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The manuscript that began as my doctoral dissertation was finally sent to my editor this morning around 5 am. It is not finished, but it's very close to being finished. The title of the work is Folk Phenomenology: Education, Study, and the Human Person, it will be published in early 2015 by Atropos Press.This brings me to a somewhat belated welcome--- am I late to love?---to two new additions at Patheos Catholic who are good friends of mine. Both who drink deeply at the well of … [Read more...]

Professor Robert George as a Model of Interfaith Engagement

In the recent weeks of the atrocities in Iraq, there have been few intellectual voices more prominent and wholly opposed to ISIS than Professor Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University.He initiated iraqrescue.org, and has been outspoken in various ways. Professor George is Catholic and it shows in the measure of his response: a classic both/and. George models the ability to both be appalled by ISIS and have deep respect for Islam.This past Friday he … [Read more...]


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