Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Heresy Hunter Returns

The Heresy Hunter, that "antediluvian desperado who eats kittens for breakfast," has returned to the Catholic blogosphere with a post!  TH2 condemns false ideas of inculturation, the notion that Catholic missionaries ought to allow pagan culture to supersede Christianity.  He proposes instead "authentic inculturation:"
One example of authentic inculturation was manifested in the missionary life of the aforementioned Jesuit Jean de Brébeuf. A skilled linguist, he learnt the Huron language when in Canada. He developed a grammar for it, writing the first dictionary of this language, even translating prayers. He assimilated into the Huron culture, understood its various customs, and so forth. But this type of inculturation, having conversion to Catholicism as the goal, is altogether unlike the à la carte inculturation at SFM, which has group hugs as its prime directive.
 Read the whole thing here.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Florida Folk Music

On the Florida Memory website you can find some great music, most of it recorded live at Florida Folk Festivals since the 1950s.  The music is all free, and some of the best is collected in several albums that can be downloaded.  Check it out here!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

From Enemies to Countrymen

A 1913 reunion of Union and Confederate veterans at the site of Pickett's Charge, Gettysburg.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Prayer for Guidance

Lord guide me,
that I might see as you would have me see,
do as you would have me do,
and in all things be an instrument of your will.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Government is Theftish

Hardcore anarcho-capitalist libertarians will tell you that all government is theft.  They are wrong of course but they kind of make a good point.  Government is not necessarily theft but it is necessarily theftish

What does "theftish" mean?  A theftish act is one that is very similar to the immoral act of theft.  For example, "stealing" food if you are starving is theftish, but because of the universal destination of goods it is not theft.  A starving person who takes food without paying for it is not stealing but claiming that which becomes his property by virtue of necessity.  Such an act, while not immoral, is very similar to an immoral act and must only be done in truly dire circumstances so as to avoid committing actual theft.

Similarly, government is theftish, because while it is not necessarily immoral, it does run on property taken from someone else.  Because it uses money taken from others, certain government actions can easily cross the line between theftishness and theft. Government spending that is completely removed from any benefit to the public is obviously theft.  For example, a government sponsored modern art exhibit is not only unsightly, it is immoral, because it is stupid and of no use to anyone.  However, even a good and noble government act, such as the commissioning of a postage stamp with my face on it, is theftish and must be considered very carefully before it is done.  The government cannot simply spend money on whatever it wants, but must remain strictly within its proper role, lest it commit theft.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Catholic Ryan Gosling

Apologies for the sparse posting of late.  I have been busy with schoolwork.

I recently discovered the awesome Catholic Ryan Gosling blog.  The blog is a collection of Catholic versions of the Ryan Gosling meme, which consists of pick up lines superimposed on an image of the actor Ryan Gosling.

I will have to try these out:

A couple of pickup lines from the Song of Solomon:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Different Views on The Hunger Games

John C. Wright is not a fan of The Hunger Games and neither is Clare Cannon.  On the other hand, my classmate Therese Aaker thinks the series teaches important lessons.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Divine Mercy Sunday

I don't know who made this icon but it is really cool.

St. Faustina pray for us!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Real Total Perspective Vortex

In Douglas Adams' novel The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, part of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, readers are introduced to the Total Perspective Vortex, the most horrible torture device ever invented.  The Vortex gives its victim a true sense of perspective about his infinitesimal place in the vastness of the universe, causing painful death.  Adams writes,
When you are put into the Vortex you are given just one momentary glimpse of the entire unimaginable infinity of creation, and somewhere in it a tiny little mark, a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot, which says, "You are here."
In a materialist universe such as the one that the atheist Douglas Adams believed in, humans really are irrelevant specks in the infinite cosmos.  However, in the supernaturally created universe that Christians believe in, a single person is more important than all of the matter and energy in creation.  The human intellect is a testament to our importance because we can observe the universe but the universe cannot observe us.  Far from killing people, the Total Perspective Vortex would only offer its "victim" the greatest astronomy lesson ever taught.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Pro-Life Distractions

It seems to me that pro-lifers spend an inordinate amount of time focusing on relatively unimportant issues.  I’ve written before about accusations of racism against Planned Parenthood.  Even if Planned Parenthood is full of racists (and I suspect it is not), racism is unimportant next to mass infanticide.  Another distraction is cancer.  Depending on which study you consult, abortion may or may not increase the odds of a woman getting breast cancer.  Pro-lifers make much of the alleged abortion-cancer link but cancer is a non-issue compared to abortion itself.  Murder is immoral, cancerous cells are not.

That is not to say that we should simply ignore the negative side-effects of evil actions, but we must maintain a sense of perspective.  The act of abortion is much worse than cancer, which in turn is worse than the negative economic effects of abortion.  Abortion is a blight upon society that harms the born and unborn alike, and if we have any hope of ending it we must stick to the heart of the issue and keep the rights of the fetus at the center of the abortion debate. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Death to the Bunny

On this Easter Monday, I would like to direct your attention to Pat Archbold, who explains why
The Easter Bunny Must Die.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012

Good Friday

Isaiah 53: 5
He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Passion and Future Sins

Try meditating on the sacrifice of Christ while doing an examination of conscience.  It is important to realize that Christ died for every individual sin we commit, down to the smallest venial one.  In addition, Christ did not die just for our past sins but our future ones as well, and every sin we commit adds to the suffering of Christ.  I find that nothing makes me want to keep my contritional promise to "sin no more and avoid whatever leads me to sin" like looking at a Crucifix.