Category Archives: Church

Counterbalancing Politics

If one is an atheist, it seems to me one of the major challenges is to counterbalance politics. Unless, of course, one also thinks that everything is politics; however, that way lies madness and no point in trying to argue … Continue reading

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Synodality

It seems clear that the purpose of synodality is to insert an authoritative structure between Pope and Bishops.  Argument can be made that this is needed due to growth of the Church. However, by inserting a bureaucratic organization between the … Continue reading

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European Timeline

  Saint Francis 1181/1182 – 3 October 1226 St Thomas Aquinas 1225 – 7 March 1274 Dante Alighieri 1265 – 1321 Giotto 1267 – January 8, 1337 Great Famine 1315–1322 Black Plague 1347-1352 Chaucer 1343 – 25 October 1400 St Catherine of Siena 1347-1380 Brunelleschi 1377 … Continue reading

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Honky-Tonk Gospel

While I often listen to music for entertainment, I prefer music that helps me think about the human condition, especially in the light of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. For this, Bob Dylan’s honky-tonk gospel is my main … Continue reading

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Hamartiology

Hamartiology is not only flagged by most spellcheckers, it is not even included in some recent dictionaries. On the other hand, searching for it via Google is productive. That’s my day’s summary of the world in 2018.  

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Uncovering Sin

Throughout Scripture, seems to me that it is the Holy Spirit who uncovers sin. The devil merely accuses.  Moreover, our own experience agrees with this. God’s uncovering of sin prompts us to repent and to seek our Redeemer. It is … Continue reading

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On Being Human

Someone tweeted a quote of Roger Scruton’s “A Political Philosophy”: If you look at Western societies from the angle of traditional religion you will see a seemingly inexorable flood of desecration, directed not at religious symbols, but at the thing … Continue reading

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