January 25, 2020

So there is a film on Amazon Prime that… well… here: I, for one, cannot wait to see this. I initially approached DecentFilms.com guy Deacon Steven Greydanus with a completely sober and rational request for a review of this fine film over on the Book of Face: I worry about Steven D. Greydanus’s bona fides as a Christian film reviewer when he does not devote even a single review to this important work of art. Why the silence? What is… Read more

January 24, 2020

Here is a genuine Not the Onion piece of catechesis for the Truly True Righteous MAGA Catholic: The Impeachment of Christ the King: What’s Really Behind the Sham Impeachment of Donald Trump Don’t forget to check out the awesome hagiographical picture at the top. Scripture tells us that antichrist is not some huge green ragemonster spewing pea soup.  In fact, it tells us that antichrists are a dime a dozen: Children, it is the last hour;** and as you have… Read more

January 23, 2020

Found this interesting quote: While awaiting execution, Bonhoeffer recorded a number of his thoughts in a work we now know as Letters and Papers from Prison. One of these essays, entitled On Stupidity, records some of the problems which Bonhoeffer likely saw at work in Hitler’s rise to power: “Upon closer observation, it becomes apparent that every strong upsurge of power in the public sphere, be it of a political or a religious nature, infects a large part of humankind with stupidity. … The… Read more

January 22, 2020

Deacon Steven Greydanus notes a new bit of argument in the scientific community: A pro-choice doctor and a pro-life doctor have jointly authored a paper for a leading bioethics journal challenging the claim (which they say was never really a consensus) that fetal pain is impossible before 24 weeks. Among other things, they argue that the experience of pain is distinct from a fully conscious self-awareness of being in pain, and the idea that pain depends on the cerebral cortex may… Read more

January 22, 2020

So here is a whimsical argument, perfect (though six days early) for the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas: This is where Michael Flynn’s Eifelheim is badly needed. Augustine was pondering this stuff in the 5th century. Except his aliens lived on remote islands. Medieval piety baptized and even canonized dog-headed men. If you were rational and an animal, that was good enough for them. Sometimes you hear skeptics say that the Church is terrified of what will happen to its provincial… Read more

January 21, 2020

…it is important to grasp that the Christians in the MAGA Cult do not see this The Government Accountability Office said the Trump administration broke the law when it withheld US security aid to Ukraine last year that had been appropriated by Congress, a decision that’s at the heart of the House’s impeachment case against President Donald Trump. The GAO, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog, said in a decision issued Thursday that the White House budget office violated the Impoundment Control Act, a… Read more

January 20, 2020

That’s simply a statistical fact. FBI Director Christopher Wray said Tuesday that the agency has made about 100 domestic terrorism-related arrests since October, and the majority were tied to white supremacy. ”I will say that a majority of the domestic terrorism cases that we’ve investigated are motivated by some version of what you might call white supremacist violence, but it does include other things as well,” Wray said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, referring to cases in fiscal 2019,… Read more

January 18, 2020

…from the mid-1960s: I sense a certain impatience with some of the interviewer’s questions. But mostly it’s interesting. I am struck by the way Tolkien pronounces “myth” with a long I. Just some fun for a Saturday. Read more

January 17, 2020

Scruples can be debilitating. Some people imagine “religion causes scruples” but I don’t buy it. You can meet people with scruples anywhere. It’s something more like OCD, an obsession with small things and a debilitating sense of fear that failure to maintain some petty system of order will result in calamity. Diseased religion can certainly exacerbate that. But (as a healed scrupe) I can also attest that healthy spirituality can likewise be an immense source of healing. I owe an… Read more

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