The Apocalypse Will Flood Your Mind

Your flaky, but always weekly, apocalypse, in seven points: 1. A century after Nietzsche stole the words "Gott ist tot" from Hegel in The Gay Science, the razor sharp wit and ambitious artistic vision of the US Christian imagination has made a definitive rejoinder in the form of the motion picture God's Not Dead. The film is reminiscent of  that classic television series, "Touched by an Angel," and promises to have similar cultural effects. 2. Stephen Colbert has decided to change his satirical n … [Read more...]

Favorite Things and Not So Much: 2013 in Review

2013 has been my first full year with Patheos. I think I posted between ten and twelve times per month, so conservative simple addition estimates puts that at more than a hundred entries. I polled Twitter and Facebook for what people thought my best and worst posts were. Robbie Dixon, who rarely writes at his excellent blog, Simple GIFs, had the best and most comprehensive reply: Best: I liked "The Educational Significance of Advent," which successfully accomplished the difficult task of … [Read more...]

The Apocalypse Returns With Feathers

Your flaky weekly apocalypse, in ten points. 1. The War on Christmas is in full swing again and sales are going well. It is expected to end on Christmas, if not a few days earlier. 2. Happy New Years! 3. Francis is declared to be the first gay, atheist, and only the third communist pope, by dozens of Catholics on Facebook. 4. Bill Clinton is reported to have auditioned for the role of Nelson Mandela in the forthcoming film, citing Toni Morrison. 5. Pat Robertson is suing Phil Roberson for using … [Read more...]

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 by … [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 whose … [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. Bookstores, in … [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, confession, and … [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 in … [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, "Hernandez' l … [Read more...]