An excerpt from the novel in progress, an adaptation of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice: I picked up my reed today with the intent of describing how Eurydice and I fell in love, so you, reader, could truly understand why I undertook my later quest; but a strange impulse has seized me, that I […]Read more "Excerpt from a Work in Progress"
Roe v. Wade may be being overturned. Make no mistake: If this happens, it will be a good, a very, very good, an incredible thing. Let’s not be so cynical that we don’t recognize when Aslan is on the move. But it has not happened yet. Redouble your prayers.Read more "Increase Your Prayers"
Disclaimer: I don’t watch MMA fighting. I find it boring. I don’t watch Joe Rogan. Give me Pints With Aquinas. That said, I think Chastek’s article on Rogan is, not wrong exactly, but I don’t know if I agree with all of it as he rhetorically makes his points. 1.) Fascination and promotion of physical cruelty. Belloc […]Read more "Minor Pushback on James Chastek on Joe Rogan"
Point 1: The only body on earth capable of judging if someone is the Pope is the College of Cardinals Point 2: The College of Cardinals has elected Francis as Pope, after accepting the resignation of Benedict the XVI Conclusion: Francis is Pope.Read more "Why I think Francis is Pope"
From John 20: The Empty Tomb 1Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene *came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and *saw the stone already removed from the tomb. 2So she *ran and *came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and *said to them, […]Read more "He is Risen"
I know extremely intelligent and educated Protestants, who can defend their views well. But with all due respect to my Protestant brothers in Christ, I must confess that the more I have thought over Sola Scriptura – argued to me by very intelligent people – the more I think it is utterly indefensible and absolute […]Read more "The Fatal Flaw of Sola Scriptura"
Probably the second most left-wing opinion I hold (to student loan forgiveness) is that the dropping of the atom bombs was in fact immoral. This gets many responses, some rhetorical and some genuine objections worth considering: “Why don’t you condemn the various firebombings of places like Tokyo and Berlin?” Just ask. I’d be happy to. […]Read more "The Atomic Bombs"
Romans 9. The infamous predestination passage. The Calvinist prooftext to end all prooftexts. This is how the NASB puts it: 6But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; 7nor are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, but: “THROUGH ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL BE NAMED.” 8That is, […]Read more "Thomas Aquinas on Romans 9"
James Chastek has this interesting post up on St. Thomas Aquinas’s interpretation of Jacob tricking Isaac out of Esau’s birthright by claiming he was his firstborn son. St. Thomas holds Jacob did not lie because he was speaking in a mystical sense, or so I paraphrase; read it yourself. If it seems unsatisfying to you, […]Read more "A disagreement with St. Thomas"
I find myself recently drawn into apologetic discussions. My own faith in the truth of the Catholic Church has not weakened over time; it has in fact grown. I was once asked what it would take for me to admit I was wrong about the Church. I decided to give a serious answer: “If the […]Read more "Naivete in Apologetics"