Friday, August 17, 2018

Reading and Listening

I’m now reading Surprised by Beauty so, as a result I’m downloading some of the recommended albums from iTunes. Today I listened to Fetler’s “Violin Concerto No. 2” along with musical accompaniment to some Walt Whitman poems. Very nice.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Back from the Dead

So to speak… I’m thinking of using the Blog to help me prepare for Scripture Study sessions. We’ll see how this goes.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Differences Between Jesus and Mohammed

While it's not exactly the theme of this post it is in the background:

The Appeal of Islam in a Poorly Catechized World:

Are We Losing the Apologetics War with Islam?


Islamic cultures are honor cultures, and the religion of Islam might justly be described as an honor religion. Allah is in charge and he...

Read the whole thing.

(Via .)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What Do Parents Wish For?

That is to say are they looking forward to the future or gazing fondly at the past?
8. Parents are more likely to long for an earlier time in their lives: Fact

One of the poll question that asks people whether if they could, would they rather go back in time or forward into the future. Parents are 12.5% more likely to choose going back in time. Non-parents are 30% more likely to say they’d rather go into the future. This could be interpreted a couple ways: Perhaps parents wish they could go back to their early 20s or high school. Or maybe they wish they could go back to an earlier era altogether, when family life seemed more idyllic.

My mother, God rest her soul, led a, to say the least, challenging life from her youngest days on. But late in life she confided to me that what she longed for the most was those days when her house was full of her children.



I was amazed since I remember those days as being stressed for her–to the point that I wondered how she kept her sanity. Fast forward to the present: what is my fondest memory? My little girls excitedly rushing to open the front door to greet me coming home from work: "Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!" You can't buy that with any amount of money.



So for my money, that is what parents are thinking about: the days when their children were driving them crazy while at the same time making precious memories:

Non-parents have “better” lives according to worldly measures:

…except for one thing: they aren’t as happy as people with kids.  File under “the last shall be first” and other gospel paradoxes.

Read the whole thing.

(Via Catholic and Enjoying It!.)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

TV as Prophecy

Although this is aimed at Obama's foreign policy, I've been thinking of H. Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State. She reminds me very much of Hacker but without having learned as much as he did.



She still thinks she's entitled to the Presidency, though: "I'm a woman, I'm inevitable".

Obama's Foreign Policy Explained:

(Via Campaign Standard.)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

My List

includes reading some contemporary philosophers. Among those would be Alasdeir Macintyre. Pending that being checked off here is some interesting tidbits to whet my appetite. (Be sure the read the whole of the original essay):

Francis, Benedict, and MacIntyre:

I enjoyed this essay, by John Haldane, called "Francis, Benedict, and MacIntyre," which is up at Ethika Politica.  Here is a taste:

MacIntyre shares with Benedict and Francis three central beliefs: first, that contemporary Western culture is at sea when it comes to thinking about the foundations of morality; second, that it is characterised by a pervasive relativism; and third, that this relativism is not only “cognitive” but is also affective and practical.

Read the whole thing.

(Via Mirror of Justice.)