Elevations On The Temptation And Fall Of Man: 7, Enormity of Adam’s sin.

This is one in a series from Jaques-Benigne Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, and specifically the Fifth Day.  There is more here on the Bossuet Project. Who can say how enormous the crime of having fallen was, having recently left the hands of God; in such great happiness, in such great happiness of not sinning? …

Elevations On The Temptation And Fall Of Man: 6, Adam and Eve perceived their nudity.

This is one in a series from Jaques-Benigne Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, and specifically the Fifth Day.  There is more here on the Bossuet Project. And immediately their eyes were opened; and being certain that they were nude, they covered themselves with fig leaves sewn together, and made themselves a girdle; the original door, …

Elevations On The Temptation And Fall Of Man: 5, The temptation and the fall of Adam. Reflections of Saint Paul.

This is one in a series from Jaques-Benigne Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, and specifically the Fifth Day.  There is more here on the Bossuet Project. Eve took the fruit and ate it, and gave it to her husband who ate it. Adam's temptation and fall pass in a few words. The first and most …

Elevations On The Temptation And Fall Of Man: 4, Answer of Eve and reply of Satan who reveals himself.

This is one in a series from Jaques-Benigne Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, and specifically the Fifth Day.  There is more here on the Bossuet Project. We eat all the fruits of paradise; but, for the tree in the middle, God forbade us to eat the fruit and touch it, on pain of death. Such …

Elevations On The Temptation And Fall Of Man: 3, The tempter proceeds by underhanded questioning to first produce a doubt.

This is one in a series from Jaques-Benigne Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, and specifically the Fifth Day.  There is more here on the Bossuet Project. Why did the Lord forbid you to eat from this tree? and a little after: You will not die. The result of these words shows that he wanted to …

Elevations On The Temptation And Fall Of Man: 2, The temptation. Eve is attacked before Adam.

This is one in a series from Jaques-Benigne Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, and specifically the Fifth Day.  There is more here on the Bossuet Project. Lord, make me understand the depths of Satan and the unbounded intricacies of this spirit, which you have been pleased to preserve all its subtlety, all its depth, all …

Elevations On The Temptation And Fall Of Man: 1, The Snake

This is one in a series from Jaques-Benigne Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, and specifically the Fifth Day.  There is more here on the Bossuet Project. The snake was the most refined of all animals. Behold, in the apparent weakness of such a strange beginning in the recital of our misfortunes, the admirable depth of …

The Core Problem With Liberal Arts Curricula/Degrees

I've taken flak for saying this in other contexts, but this comment on a frustrated history PhD's failure to land a tenure-track position hits the nail on the head: my own experience has been very similar although now i’m glad that i left the humanities and i believe that the humanities themselves should be completely …

Painting Ourselves Into a Corner on Porn

Ross Douthat's idea to ban porn is entirely sensible: In this weekend’s New York Times Magazine there is a long profile of a new kind of pedagogy unique to our particular stage of civilization. It’s called “porn literacy,” and it involves explaining to young people whose sexual coming-of-age is being mediated by watching online gangbangs that actually …

For the #straightouttairondale Set, the Canonisation of Paul VI is a Brown Pants Moment

It's coming soon: Acclaimed Vaticanista Andrea Tornielli reports that a unanimous vote has taken place at a meeting of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, positively recognizing a purported miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini, 1897-1978). This development effectively paves the way for the Pontiff's 'canonization.' But the #straightouttairondale …

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