Taking the Middle Ground on the Union of God and Man

From St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologiae, 3 q. 2 a. 6: ...we must know that two heresies have arisen with regard to the mystery of the union of the two natures in Christ. The first confused the natures, as Eutyches and Dioscorus, who held that from the two natures one nature resulted, so that they …

To Fund Transportation, We Must Get Past the Shell Game

Yes, a new gas tax can help our transportation system: The program is the federal Highway Trust Fund, which pays about half the yearly tab to build and maintain the nation’s roads, bridges and rails. At the moment, the loudest advocate for fixing it responsibly is a liberal Democrat, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.). This month …

Sonday

AMC KS-7634 6052N8 (1976) A collection of classic Catholic folk pieces, most of which were written (and performed) by the Dominican James Marichonda, who is a well-known composer and performer of liturgical music.  The album itself is a little uneven; there are some songs which are very good and some which are more ordinary.  Nevertheless …

Bending the Heavens and Descending to Earth: St. John of Damascus on the Incarnation

From The Orthodox Faith, III, 1: For by the good pleasure of our God and Father, the Only-begotten Son and Word of God and God, Who is in the bosom of the God and Father John 1:18, of like essence with the Father and the Holy Spirit, Who was before the ages, Who is without …

Is Bridge Building Really a Ministry?

About a year ago I did a piece on the French scientist and engineer Adhémar Jean Claude Barré de Saint-Venant, whose combination of scientific prowess and Christian conviction made for an interesting career in Revolutionary and post-Revolutionary France.  When he died in 1886, Karl Pearson, as well-known an enemy of Christianity as, say, Richard Dawkins …

The One Percent Prepares for the Worst: Palm Beach Police's Humvee

The Town of Palm Beach has acquired a military-surplus Humvee: It’s a quiet Saturday afternoon outside the Palm Beach Police Department. Quiet, that is, until Sgt. Scott Duquette starts up one of the department’s newest acquisitions — a 2001 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, commonly known as a Humvee. Anyone who has any doubts about …

The Twilight of the Box Checkers

Timothy Fountain, with some help from Rod Dreher, lays it out: There are going to be Christians and non-Christians in America.  Nominal Christianity has no future now that various cultural props are gone. Christians will have to be disciples of Jesus, not members of clubs based on old ethnic, neighborhood and family functions. Which means …

Song of the Lamb: Through the Narrow Gate

Label Unknown 1979 Catholic albums of the 1970's came from a number of different sources: parish groups, seminary groups, the "Nun-Plus" albums, college based groups, and of course the covenant communities.  This one comes from the last, but it's a departure from just about anything I've heard from a covenant community group. On the album …

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