Thoughts on Phil Robertson and Duck Dynasty

I like to watch TV, which is why I don't own one. Plus, I watch plenty of television shows online, so having a television would at this point interfere with my television watching. Needless to say, I've never watched a full Duck Dynasty episode, although some snippets here and there, a quick Google search, and not living under a rock give me a decent general impression.I started watching Survivor this past year and really like it. I also like Project Runway, although I was recently put off … [Read more...]

Fr. Z Defies Pope Francis, With Merch

Fr. Z has stooped to a new low. He is selling cheap, bland, and ugly merchandise, generically built for quick and cheap profits, that does more than to merely invert or make light of paragraph 94 of Pope Francis' recent exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. Fr. Z goes further, by identifying himself, proudly, to be the very thing that the Pope decries when he wrote: 94. This worldliness can be fuelled in two deeply interrelated ways. One is the attraction of gnosticism, a purely subjective faith … [Read more...]

Disposable Pleasures

When my children see a movie they like, they want to see it again. Immediately. And again. Same with stories and books and most of life's pleasures."Read it again!"I love going to the movies. Always have. There is something about the whole ritual of movie-going. Add to that, I can afford to go, and get a drink and popcorn if I want to, when not too long ago I couldn't.This is what being rich is for me. Able to eat out and go to movies. Order pizza. Fishing, when it's warm. … [Read more...]

The Apocalyptic Wheels Go Round and Round

 Your weekly apocalypse, in nine points:1. The US House of Representatives voted 400-1 to allow religious services at the numerous worldwide locations of the American military industrial complex.2. No one knows who voted against the bill, but rumor has it that it was an observant Quaker who lacks a sense of absurdity.3. Alabama (4-0) beats Georgia State (0-4) 45-3 with their training staff.4. Pope Francis is set to interview himself next week, on psychoanalysis, … [Read more...]

6 (-2) Reasons to NOT Send Your Son to College

<Editor's note: the original post had six reasons but then two of them seemed to be true so it was reduced down to four.>Most students in college would be much happier if they could buy their credentials at K-Mart and then train on the job and get started. I once polled a class of young men, asking them if they would rather let me hit them with a baseball bat and get an A or try to earn one the old fashioned way, and they all preferred the sporting method. Everyone knows that beating … [Read more...]

The End of the World Strikes at Dawn

 The weekly apocalypse, in fourteen points: 1. World War III was almost at a rolling boil, and children smelled salty aromas of blood in the streets, as Obama poised himself to lead the free world into another mighty struggle against something, but Miley Cyrus licked cold steel and roused Vladimir Putin from his Russian cave. 2. Reporters tell us that Putin mounted his grizzly boar, foaming and farting, and rode through the night to his manly and very heterosexual ghost writer's home … [Read more...]

A Most Uneventful Apocalypse

THE APOCALYPSE, IN FIFTEEN POINTS:1. Tim Tebow has been released from the New England Patriots football team while their star tight-end, Aaron Hernadez, writes $18,000 letters from his prison cell. Not exactly Martin Luther King or Nelson Mandela, but encouraging news nonetheless that the literary genre survives.2. Michael Voris is not impressed, again. "This is outrageous," says Voris, "NFL players are severely overpaid; how am I the only one who sees this?" He went on, saying, " … [Read more...]

All This Stuff About Millennials

I Googled 'millennials' and found out, through Wikipedia, that the term is a synonym for "Generation Y," the generation that contains people born between the early 1980s to the early 2000s. The reason I decided to finally look it up was because I was pretty sure that I'm a millennial. Born, 1982. But I wanted to be sure.Double-check.The reason I was checking was because of all kinds of noise and panting I've been hearing, here at Patheos (see this, this, this, and this) and on social me … [Read more...]

Shopping Amongst the Episcopate

Sam and Bishop

On Saturday I met the new Bishop of the Diocese of Fargo, Bishop John Thomas Folda, while shopping at Costco with my wife. She spotted him first and talked to him in the cooler section. My attitude toward Bishops --- and authority figures in general --- oscillates from cautious to skeptical, but I'd heard he was a nice guy from a buddy of mine who knew him. I decided to meet him too, and see if I could get a picture to share with all of you. For a while I was thinking about taking a pic of him … [Read more...]

Pope Francis endorsed MY book, too!

For some time now we've all seen how much Pope Francis reiterates the central theme and problem of idolatry treated at length in Elizabeth Scalia's book, Strange Gods. He even "endorsed" it! (I endorse it too, by the way, and hope to give a full review of it here very soon.) Nathaniel Peters agrees in his recent review of Lumen Fidei, at First Things.Much to my surprise and delight, I discovered that Francis took time to endorse my own book, A Primer for Philosophy and Education, too, during … [Read more...]