Well I've just gotten through my second book of the summer, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I actually don't think it is very good. It fills a need for a dystopian novel involving total government control over births, and a forced culture of drugs and promiscuous sex, helping us feel the discomfort of such … Continue reading On Brave New World (just a few words)
About a year ago I decided that I wanted to make a stronger push into church life, and am proud to say now have a year's worth of weekly Mass attendance under my belt. Today is Pentecost, which marks the end of the Easter season. Though there are special Sunday Masses in between, the next … Continue reading A Year at Mass
There are plenty of people that view faith as a sort of suicide of the mind. The explicit preference among these types is for a purely skeptical posture toward the world, where all knowledge is derived scientifically. Of course, there is a great pitfall among those who depend on science, namely that science is inductive, and … Continue reading Is Faith a Suicide of the Mind?
Whether you believe or reject the claim of the Resurrection of Jesus, there seems to be on either side a single key consideration. For believers, there is an account of the Resurrection given in the Bible. For doubters, this is an account of a miracle, and miracles do not occur. Those are the main competing … Continue reading On the Resurrection
Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling is a challenging read, but gripping when you're in the mood for that sort of thing. The main thesis has something to do with faith being the greatest passion of human beings, that faith reaches beyond rational ethical doctrines, and that modern society is wrong to think that it can go … Continue reading Is faith above ethics?
"During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became … Continue reading Jesus doesn’t exist
Every discipline has it's puzzles. As an analyzer of theoretical texts, I consider the story of the Fall of Man from the Bible to be one of the big puzzles. I started playing around with it (again) yesterday, and after failing (again), am going to give it another shot today. The key positions I want … Continue reading Puzzling over Genesis and the Fall
The worst, most painful aspect to the gospels is not that Jesus claims to be Christ, but that Jesus casts out demons, heals the sick, raises the dead, and all the rest of the supernatural miracles we are challenged to consider. These are next to impossible to take seriously as actual historical events, which I think … Continue reading Why Jesus Cast out Demons
I have been reading the gospels lately, and have gotten through Mark, John, and yesterday finished reading Matthew. Although I've read them before, this time has been especially exciting. In particular, I have a few thoughts on how Mark stands out. It has to be understood first something about the authorship of Mark and its … Continue reading Miracles in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew
A man and woman were talking to each other while strolling down a peaceful road. The man asked the woman, "What must heaven must be like?" The woman answered: "Well the idea of the kingdom of heaven is that of an ideal kingdom. The laws flow from the will of the King, who is good. The angels who reside … Continue reading The Kingdom of Heaven