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Replacing the Beautiful and Wise with the Cute and the Clever

Dallas Willard noticed and described in detail the process by which mass media led to replacing beauty and wisdom with the clever and cute. The process he describes is worth the price of The Divine Conspiracy. The book is about how to connect to Christ in a world where absurdity reigns, even in the Christian churches. But …

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Josephus: On why Moses is Superior to Greek Legislation

Below is Josephus’ comment on the superiority of Moses’s legislation to the Greek laws: The reason why the constitution of this legislation was ever better directed to the utility of all than other legislations were, is this, that Moses did not make religion a part of virtue, but he saw and he ordained other virtues …

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Obligation isn’t a four letter word

IntroductionA feature of Paul’s letter to the Romans that I’ve never noticed being explored in depth is the concept of obligation or indebtedness. I am interested in this topic because there is a great deal of hand wringing in modern Christian thought about the notion of debt or obligation to God. John Piper, for instance, …

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How to Face Overwhelming Odds

Bruce Charlton explains: But Christians are equipped with the infinite power of repentance; which means that no matter how many times we are ‘broken’, no matter how may times we are defeated and unconditionally surrender to evil – or actively support and promote evil. We can and should simply repent our sin, we will be …

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He was Going to Die Tomorrow

The Philokalia includes excerpts from Evagrius of Pontus‘ Texts on Watchfulness. This one really caught my eye: A monk should always act as if he was going to die tomorrow; yet he should treat his body as if it was going to live for many years. The first cuts off the inclination to listlessness, and makes …

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The Romney

I cannot tell if this is the most powerful piece of journalism ever written or a recently discovered H.P. Lovecraft fragment, but here is a “twittor thred” by one Bronze Aged Mantis: As promised I release a dark secret on New Year's Eve…the most grotesque plans in motion revealed to me by mole inside Karl …

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Christmas Reading

Now, I don’t expect you to read these on the first day of Christmas, but there are 12 whole days of Christmas (that’s right Adam Sandler). James Chastek, just a thomist, reflects carefully on what it means to call Mary, the Mother of God: Nestorius insisted on the seemingly innocent theological clarification of referring to …

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The Extreme Male Brain

Simon-Baron Cohen has done some good work at teasing out the specific differences between male and female cognition. His research lead him to the conclusion that autism is actually a form of “extreme male” mindedness. He elsewhere hypothesizes that pathological altruism might be linked to a similar extremity of female mindedness. Baron-Cohen quotes a previous …

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Book Review: Jordanetics by Vox Day

Jordanetics by Vox Day Vox is a guy who probably needs no introduction. If there is some kind of controversy involving the internet and its intersection with political ideology, Vox has something to say about it. His main writing efforts have been aimed at fiction, but he also writes political philosophy, general philosophy, and economics …

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Mike Bird, Evangelical Theology, and the Sermon on the Mount

There are a lot of things Christians “need to know.” For some it’s predestination, for others, the age of the earth, or the order of end times events. In reality, the core of theology is simpler than that.Mike Bird in his, Evangelical Theology reminds us of the test for Christian theology: The Sermon on the …