Gospel of Nice - Sunday Reading

Gospel of Nice - Sunday Reading

I ended up at a catholic church the other day. I'd had previous experience there, and the senior priest in those days was a no-nonsense sort, but the priest there on this occasion... well, before I show you the relevant readings, the priest opened up telling us that today was about rejection. The church also had succumbed to the terror - requiring masks - and if it hadn't been involving supporting someone through the loss of a family member, that alone would have made me back out. The relevant…

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On Ink, Powder, and Faith

On Ink, Powder, and Faith

Rolf Nelson [https://www.thestarscameback.com/2019/11/11/st-possenti-order-of-is-real/] shares a few thoughts at MOTW [https://www.menofthewest.net/god-guns-and-the-written-word/]. After starting with exactly how complicated a simple-sounding question like "what is the best gun/ammo/etc to buy" can be, he digresses to the less than obvious complexities of fountain pens, for people who've only written with cheaply available ball-pojnt or gel pens... (and yes, ball point, at least technical pens,…

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On Higher Powers

On Higher Powers

I keep tabs on Bruce Charleton's blog, and so the recent post on Phil K Dick [https://charltonteaching.blogspot.com/2019/12/philip-k-dick-overview-so-far.html] caught my eye. > In the past couple of months I have read/ listened-to a dozen Philip K Dick novels, and most of the Exegesis - his philosophical and spiritual journal written during his last eight years. I haven't enjoyed a fiction writer so much, in such quantity, for several years. Certainly, I appreciate his work more fully this tim…

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Love Transcends

Love Transcends

A year ago, give or take a couple months, my father left this vale. It was unexpected, the result of an accident that put him in the E/R, and a week later, rendered further treatment unnecessary. Not too much later, a friend of mine lost a daughter. In her case, every day and week of life, for nearly two decades, was a precious joy held close against a lifelong chronic illness.  That said, it too caught his family off guard when she suddenly took a turn for the worst. The term he used, describi…

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Stefan and Jordan Peterson

Stefan and Jordan Peterson

I’ve made no secret that I’m a huge fan of Stefan Molyneux and his philosophy podcasts / videocasts. The various “truth about” series have been thoroughly documented, especially the ones about Trump, and his interviews have been fantastic. An athiest, he has nevertheless, as Vox Day put it, given some of the best Christian sermons one can hear. This is a long conversation – and well worth every single minute. It delves into myth, mindset, self talk, the need for the ineffable and the subjective…

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Heresy

Heresy

The Didact takes a look at one of the heresies that nearly tore apart the church and western civilization. One that bears more than a few similarities to today [http://didactsreach.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-distant-mirror-of-heresy.html]. It came to a very sobering end: > The Cathar Heresy ended with the massacre of thousands of followers of their pseudo-religion and the burning alive of over 200 Cathar prefects. It resulted in the establishment of the Inquisition, a deeply maligned and thoroug…

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The Growing Realization of the Necessity of Christianity

The Growing Realization of the Necessity of Christianity

Vox Day takes a look [https://voxday.blogspot.com/2016/09/why-he-was-wrong-about-christianity.html] at Tom Howard’s journey from religion, and back, adding this tidbit: > And it occurs to me that one of the keys to the success of the Alt-West is going to be a) Christians realizing that Churchianity is not Christianity and driving it out of their institutions and places of worship combined with b) non-Christians realizing that Christianity is, far from being a societal negative, a societal nece…

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Evidence for the Existence of God

Evidence for the Existence of God

One of the things I admire about Stefan Molyneux is his ability to face things he doesn’t like. One of these areas has been his recent set of videos discussing religion in a positive light (something he incidentally shares with Scott Adams). In this one, he discusses what evidence exists to point toward the existence of the divine. To refer back at first to Scott Adams, I’m not one for the meat-robot theory. I fully acknowledge we are not rational, often are run by our subconscious, and at a ve…

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