March 28, 2020

[Introduction: This is what is called a “jeremiad” and one particular form of expression that I resort to (along with sarcasm and satire) when I am almost completely fed up with a topic, and when recourse to reason and fact seem to be accomplishing exactly nothing. So then one engages in this sort of “prophetic”-type rant or jeremiad, and (hopefully) righteous indignation.] *** The continuing controversies about the pope’s supposed lousy teachings or phrases simply reinforce the world’s and Protestants’ perceptions that… Read more

March 28, 2020

+ Reflections on the Propriety of Using the Term, “Chinese Flu” / Condemnation of Anti-Chinese Prejudice I just ran across an article, “Why Chinese tourists love Italy’s quaint rural villages: . . .” (Silvia Marchetti, South China Morning Post, 12-12-19). It stated: More Chinese tourists have visited Italy this year than any other European country, with many seeking out the country’s villages and hamlets. . . . Forget about France, Germany or Greece – Italy is now the most popular… Read more

March 27, 2020

This continues the discussion that took place in the previous installment, with Paul Connors. His words will be in blue. My words from last time that he cites, will be in green and indented. ***** Thanks for your continuing replies. I love opportunities to clarify and counter-reply. It helps everyone clarify their own views. This is precisely the problem in many of the ‘apocalyptic’ models and predictions: they assume we will sit on our butts and do nothing whatever, which… Read more

March 27, 2020

Paul Connors critiqued at some length the reasoning in my article yesterday about coronavirus, “Black Death” Mentality On Display at Patheos Catholic” in the combox for that piece. Of course, I counter-replied. His words will be in blue (and if he responds further, all of that and my replies will be added here). ***** While there are definitely exaggerations in posts from other authors, your own post is a view through strongly rose-colored glasses, mixed with a few misleading statements. Have you… Read more

March 26, 2020

Now, I have already offered blistering critiques (two times) of the political and theological “right” and how they have exploited the present crisis to set forth goofy, wacko  conspiratorial, apocalyptic theories of God’s judgment and wrath, and why He is supposedly judging etc. But there is also a need to critique what is going on, on a wide scale, on the political and theological left (or “non-conservative” observers, if you will). I have maintained for many years (my main article on… Read more

March 26, 2020

It’s Not Explosive Growth. Daily Deaths are Still Increasing, but at a Decreasing Rate The US deaths per day are still increasing (minus a slight dip on 3-24), but the rate of increase is flattening. It increased on 3-22-20 and 3-23-20 by 4 and then 8 percentage points, but then dipped 14 percentage points on 3-24-20, and went up 11 points yesterday, but the total percentage was 3% less than three days ago. The increase today was 6% less than yesterday…. Read more

March 25, 2020

Biblical Refutation of “Hyperfaith” / “Name-It-Claim-It” Teaching [Bible verses: New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise indicated] * * * * * 1) Jesus: Illness Not Necessarily Due to Sin John 9:2-3 His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?” Jesus answered “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents, but it was in order that the works of God might be displayed in him.” 2) Enduring Sickness and God Smiting With… Read more

March 24, 2020

[from my 2013 book, pictured above (see purchase & general information); available in Spanish and French as well); passages are KJV unless otherwise indicated (RSV)] The purpose of this book was described in the Introduction: The notion that arose in my mind was to simply provide  Bible passages (usually one verse; sometimes a few together) that would be (in my humble opinion, anyway) the very best “answers” to a large number of one-sentence questions. The format might remind one of the popular TV game show… Read more

March 24, 2020

+ My Outlook During This Coronavirus Crisis I have been tracking the total number of US deaths (not new reported cases) every day, from the CSSE / JHU site. I noticed a downward trend today. I’ve checked it in the morning for four straight days now (and I checked on 3-20-20, too, but I’m not sure if it was the morning figure) and here are the statistics: 3-20-20 205 3-21-20 260 (+ 55?) 3-22-20 340 (+ 80) 3-23-20 471 (+ 131) 3-24-20… Read more

March 23, 2020

This was a comment (+ my reply) underneath my article for the National Catholic Register: “Bodily Mortification is Quite Scriptural” (2-28-19). His words will be in blue. ***** Penance and repentance are, of course, part of Christian endeavor. But I would be interested in what psychologists at, say the University of Michigan, have to say about the concept of “mortification.” Is there a “slippery slope” danger of unhealthy physical and psychological mortification (frequent when I was in Catholic school and we… Read more

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