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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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The Information Technology Milieu

This short article is a reflection on the field of Information Technology from the perspective of the religious order with which I’m connected.  Information Technology (IT) is defined by programmers and sysadmins, and the management of that talent. The Programmer … Continue reading

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Remarkably True to his Word

Tony Abbott, MP, former Prime Minister of Australia writes: Even 18 months into his presidency, the world is still having trouble coming to grips with Donald Trump, the most unconventional president ever. Still, he’s not a bad dream from which … Continue reading

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Anglican Daily Office

  Day 1 – Morning Prayer 001 |00:00:00| Blessed is the man 002 |00:02:37| Why do the heathen 003 |00:07:04| Lord, how are they increased 004 |00:09:51| Hear me when I call 005 |00:12:35| Ponder my words Day 1 – … Continue reading

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Psalms: Westminster Choir

From The Book of Common Prayer (1662 of course) 00:00:00 | Psalm 8 – O Lord our Governour 00:02:32 | Psalm 15 – Lord, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle 00:04:42 | Psalm 19 – The heavens declare the glory … Continue reading

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Knuth on Bible Study

In the introduction to his book “3:16 Bible Texts Illuminated“, Donald E. Knuth writes: “There are two ways to read the Bible. Method 1: We can read it straight through, for context. By reading at normal speed, we can follow … Continue reading

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Dealing with Corruption

From Fr Dwight Longenecker’s article “Help, I’m Sinking in the Quicksand of Scandal‘: … When you stop again and think again, why did you expect anything else, and furthermore, wouldn’t you be suspicious of a church which wasn’t riddled with … Continue reading

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On Disagreements

Our son recently messaged: “I just don’t get how you can claim to be a Christian and support this administration.” I replied: Yes, I know that Daniel and I find it VERY interesting that you can not. While years ago … Continue reading

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The Season of Ascension

Ascension is a season and not merely a day, whenever celebrated. Just as the Church requires the seasons of Advent and Lent for her spiritual formation in anticipation of  Incarnation and Easter, the Church most urgently needs to pay attention … Continue reading

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Apologia Pro Vita Sua

The edition John Cardinal Newman’s Apologia that I use is Frank Turner’s “Apologia Pro Vita Sua and Six Sermons”. However, I recognize that Turner has an ax to grinds and so want to refer to Stanley Jaki’s review of an … Continue reading

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Twenty One Plays by Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice The Merry Wives of Windsor Much Ado About Nothing As You Like It Twelfth Night All’s Well That Ends Well Measure for Measure Hamlet Macbeth Othello King Lear Richard II Henry IV, Part One Henry IV, … Continue reading

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No Need for Religion?

When a man tells me “personally, I feel no need for religion” what I hear is “I don’t want to be part of any social structure for which I’m not in charge. Moreover, to the extent that folks are under … Continue reading

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On America

Growing up in the Shenandoah valley of Virginia, I absorbed a view of America forged by the Revolutionary War.  Since moving west I’ve come to consider that to be more a definition of what the United States is ‘not’.  What … Continue reading

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Two World Wars

Two World Wars: I respond to the rhetorical hyperbole of ‘Trump is Hitler’ with ‘No, Trump is Churchill’. See Sayet’s article on the culture war and Heiden’s article on The Darkest Hour.

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Speculative Execution and the Gospel

The recently publicized matter of security issues with modern computer CPU design is very interesting from a Thomist perspective, and in fact from  the viewpoint of any serious Christian philosophical perspective.  Now of course, existentially, the most important matter remains … Continue reading

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Nine Dylan CDs and One Song

The Times They Are A-Changin’ – 1964 John Wesley Harding – 1967 Blood on the Tracks = 1975 Senor – 1978 Trouble No More #1 – 1979 Trouble No More #2 – 1981 Oh Mercy – 1989 Dylan Unplugged – … Continue reading

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