December 31, 2018

Okay, dear readers, it’s time we had a talk about cultural appropriation. No, I’m not talking about what you think I am; I’m talking about Catholic men who get all excited about comparing spiritual warfare to actual warfare, who militarize their own faith. Yes, I’m aware that the Church already has a fair bit of militarism about it, with the whole battle between heaven and hell, Saint Michael, and so on. I’m not talking about that; I’m talking about the… Read more

December 27, 2018

I suppose that it is inevitable to think about free will over the Christmas season – given that it is often preceded by a period of time where we ask children if they’ve been good or bad. Both of these concepts are, of course, relative to the child and the family: Christian, atheist, or otherwise. And this tends to get all caught up in the gift-giving as well. We generally present these as a sort of societal obligation rather than… Read more

November 22, 2018

It’s terribly easy to fall into a corny and “feel good” story mode during the holiday season, because that’s what we are taught. And over Thanksgiving, especially, we’re taught that it’s incredibly important for us to give thanks for literally everything. Of course, this usually results in uncomfortable moments around the table as people scramble for things to give thanks for that someone else already hasn’t said (Me, I’m always thankful for my health, because as Count Rugen says in The… Read more

November 1, 2018

We’ve all heard that old saw: “There are no atheists in foxholes.” It’s a nice thought for some, I suppose; that at the first sign of mortal danger all people suddenly discover hidden beliefs in eternal salvation and in a higher deity, usually somehow of the Christian faith. But of course, as with most adages, it is quite false. The military, it turns out, is not monolithic. It is a blend of persons from all walks of life; all backgrounds;… Read more

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