Category History

Repeal Day!!!

Today is the 85th Anniversary of the 21st Amendment which made it legal to sell booze again. You know what to do. Here is how I like to mix my Martinis: Drop four or five ice cubes into a shaker along with 4 parts Beefeater to 1 part dry vermouth. Stirred, not shaken, unless you […]

Joan of Arc

The last book I read this summer was a biography of Joan of Arc by French medievalist Regine Pernoud. Rather than write a narrative Pernoud takes excerpts from original documents and arranges them according to the timeline of Joan’s life, along with commentary. Joan of Arc’s short life and career is in fact very well […]

Interpreting Jesus as a Prophet

N.T. Wright points out that in the New Testament Jesus’ contemporaries categorized him as a prophet, someone who vividly exhorts Israel to greater fidelity to Yahweh, often in a period of national crisis. If that is how people interpreted him, then that is likely how Jesus intended to be interpreted, at least in part. I […]

Truer every day

An old post from two years ago. Gets truer every day. A quote from Bernard Lonergan, SJ: A civilization in decline digs its own grave with relentless consistency. It cannot be argued out of its self-destructive ways, for argument has a major theoretical premise, theoretical premises are asked to conform to matters of fact, and […]

Still River (Repost)

This is an old post from 2014, and one of my favorites. If I were not so lazy I’d post things like this all the time.   The village of Still River, Massachusetts, is named for the oxbow of the Nashua River at the bottom of the hill on which it sits. It is one […]

Its 21st Admendment Day!

Today is the 83rd anniversary of the 21st Amendment, which repealed the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the sale of alcohol in the United States of America, land of the free and all that. Progress, Protestantism, and Women’s Suffrage – ideologies which are all strongly influenced by Gnosticism and¬†deeply opposed to the corporeal nature of man¬†– […]

The Historical Jesus (Repost)

I’m pulling this one out of the archives because the theme has been on my mind. Enjoy. There is a massive artifact testifying to existence and work of Jesus, which is called the church. It can be categorized as a society, a culture, a corporation, or a network. It is the main source. Unsurprisingly, the […]