I’ve been thinking and praying

I feel… restless and dissatisfied with myself. I don’t spend a lot of time talking about my interior life, largely because I fear and distrust readers, in particular the Greatest Catholics of All Time, who have never missed an opportunity to inflict cruelty in the name of the Purity of Orthodoxy when I expose my […]

On Attributing the Gospels to Their Authors

Decades ago, it was the fashion to say, “Shakespeare was not written by Shakespeare but by somebody else of the same name”. That fashion died the death it deserved. But in biblical scholarship circles it is still fashionable with some to call Mark “Mark” and Luke “Luke” and so on with the rest of the […]

Stage Magic and the Evolution of the Word “Occult”

I’m a big fan of magic acts. My brother was into magic tricks when I was a kid and I loved it every time he amazed me with simple card or coin tricks. I was so sure of his awesome powers as a child that one time, when he declared me invisible and everybody in […]

The Bible is Not the Big Book of Everything

The Bible is not the Big Book of Everything and the attempt to enlist Jesus in the minutiae of highly specific and historically conditioned culture war arguments is doomed. Take this embarrassing exchange, for instance: As it happens, both of these people are wrong. She is wrong about her assertion. He is wrong about the […]

Why Wear the Shoe You Insist Does Not Fit You?

There was a fascinating exchange over on the Book of Face between Steve Greydanus and one of his readers. It was in response to this piece on my blog a while back, concerning an Atlantic article on the transmogrification of the Rosary into a symbol of right wing culture war and military fetishism. Steve had […]

A Psalm of Thanksgiving from King David

Psalm 34 I will bless the Lord at all times;his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord;let the afflicted hear and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me,and let us exalt his name together!  I sought the Lord, and he answered me,and delivered me from all my fears. Look […]