Sunday, November 26, 2017
The preacher said that that was a really good question. (Every talk show host says that. I wonder why.) He rambled a bit, but the upshot was that the young man should tell his friends that they can rest assured that no one goes to hell who doesn't deserve it. But this doesn't answer the question, which by implication was casting doubt on hell's very existence.
The question was in fact just another way of posing the so-called 'problem of evil.' It is one of the most, if not the most, common objections put forth by doubters, who often seem not so much in doubt about the answer as dogmatic in what it must be. Thus, it seems to be not really a question at all, but an accusation.
Frankly, I don't know why the preacher didn't just tell the young man to tell his friends that if they wanted a universe in which the possibility of evil did not exist, then they wanted one in which human beings didn't either. No people, no problem.
As an aside, I think people who bring up the problem of evil as presenting an insurmountable obstacle to faith are indulging a sort of blasphemy: God-shaming. 'If God were perfect, He wouldn't do this. If God were all-loving He wouldn't do that. If God were all-good he wouldn't make people who like to do bad.' Even though the bad is what we choose, without any help from God whatsoever. Ain't that just like people, always trying to shift the blame? It reminds me of Adam: "The woman made me do it." He might have said, "Yes, God, I ate the apple, with full knowledge of the consequences, because I didn't want her to suffer alone in her alienation. She's my wife, after all. We're in it together, to the end." Who knows, it might have changed the course of human history. But I doubt it.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Intentional murder of the innocent is about the worst thing one can be guilty of. But my impression of the author's main point is that Catholic unity is paramount, that in this case it is permissible to believe that the bombings were murderous, and likewise permissible to believe the opposite. It's okay if you do and okay if you don't. Amazing.
I also note that early in the exchange, it becomes clear that 'rhetoric' in the Deacon's opinion is a dirty word, so I doubt he knows what it really means. Perhaps he was looking for something like the more commonly maligned 'sophistry,' but that's not a dirty word either.
I guess abortion is OK as long as it is done with bombs rather than suction aspiration.
Deacon Jim Russell •
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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Got married straight out of high school. To a guy I knew since fifth grade summer camp. Summer wedding. Guests were mostly mosquitos. We had a baby boy, then a toddler, now a teen. Last year my husband phones me at work, says he's got a boyfriend named Dale, says they're movin' in together. Says he's sorry, says he loves me, but not like that.Sheriff's deputy Gloria Burgle (played by Carrie Coon), from the TV series Fargo.
"What else is there?" I say. You think the world is somethin' and it turns out to be somethin' else.
What else is there? Exactly.
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Back in February 2015 I put up a post called The End of Usury. The post's title reflected wishful thinking, prompted by Zippy's Usury FAQ at his website. That FAQ has been updated at least three times and, at the urging of readers, at last been put into hard copy and is now available at Amazon. I'll say again what I said at the time: "...if you’re open to the possibility that certain transactions can still be described in our own time as usurious, that its practice is in fact very real, a very venal and grave iniquity..," then this is the book for you. I promote it because I have become convinced of its moral urgency. The sin of usury derives, after all, from one man's use of another human being, from his treating that being as an object. That its connection with other depredations of our time is an intimate one ought therefore to be rather obvious.
Buy as many copies as you can afford. Give them to every priest and religious of your acquaintance, to all your friends, and even send one to the Vatican. The Man Upstairs just might see that it finds its target.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
I would also like to highlight the work done by the PICO National Network and the organizations promoting this meeting. I learned that PICO stands for “People Improving Communities through Organizing”. What a great synthesis of the mission of popular movements: to work locally, side by side with your neighbors, organizing among yourselves, to make your communities thrive.Okay, so Obama was on the right track after all.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Yes, that's a human baby. I'll explain in a moment why she's there. Lest I be accused of misdirection, let me say something about the election: Trump, the latest incarnation (sorry) of conservative liberalism, won. He's bad, but She- the "Grandma Abortion Witch" (all credit to Zippy Catholic) - was far worse. Better him than her. And that's the end of my analysis. Maybe at a later time.
The baby above was born in mid-October, my elder daughter's firstborn. She was about two weeks old when her mother pressed the camera's shutter button. With Christmas upon us, it's remarkable to ponder that, a mere two weeks earlier, Hillary Clinton would have supported the murder of this child, had its mother felt so inclined, and by means most gruesome, so gruesome it beggars the imagination. We kill babies in a spectacular variety of ways undreamed of by previous societies. We live in advanced times.
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Saturday, August 06, 2016
Monday, August 01, 2016
Speaking on the papal plane en route to Krakow, Poland, for World Youth Day celebrations, Francis said the world had been in "a piecemeal war" for some time. He said Tuesday's killing of the Rev. Jacques Hamel, 86, in St.-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France, was one casualty in this conflict. "The world is at war because it has lost peace," he said. "There is a war of interest, there is a war for money, a war for natural resources, a war to dominate people," he continued. "Some might think it is war of religion. It is not. All religions want peace. Others want war."
Friday, July 22, 2016
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Wife got me a new camera for my birthday, a Canon Rebel T5. Here's what it looks like:
Yeah, big lenses. When I press the shutter button halfway, the lenses rotate back and forth accompanied by a robotic whirring noise. Sometimes they elongate without being instructed. I am neither deserving of it nor competent to use it. I don't know how much it cost and she won't tell me. (I know, I could google it, but would that please her? A woman's mind is unknowable.) In addition to pictures like the one below, it shoots 1920x1080 high definition movies. It's not the most expensive camera out there (I saw one for 28,000 dollars online somewhere), but I'll never need another. I've gotten far enough to take the following picture (of a flower in my yard). Click to enlarge. And that's still two sizes smaller than I could have linked to. But computer screens are only so big. Anyway, my old Canon Power Shot could not do this. Not even close.
Someone who can really do flowers is Don at Shuffly.net. Take a look at these. Todd McKimmey, facilitator of two web presences, The Christendom Review and What's Wrong with the World, ain't bad neither. I think these guys spent more money on their stuff than my wife did.