This album played at about every house party I ever through.

This album probably played at some point at about every house party I ever threw. Not something I’m proud of but — it’s the These are my confessions.

Confession: I used to listen to a ton of rap music in my undergrad time at UGA: D4L, Lil Wayne, Three 6 Mafia, Juvenile, Snoop Dog, Young Jeezy, Nappy Roots, Ludacris, Chamillionaire, Bone Thugs ‘n Harmony, E-40, Trillville, Mac Dre…but man did I hate Hurricane Christ, J-Kwon Tipsy, Webbie, Black Eyed Peas, Soulja Boy, “What a bunch of hacks.” Truth be told, there wasn’t any reason, it was just “this one makes me feel good, that one makes me feel bad,” as if music had no objective order, mathematical rhythm, that beauty had no standard simply because I couldn’t find it.

Now…what in the hell would rap have to do with the Patristics & Matristics?
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John Locke, great Evangelizer of that civic duty (or virtue?) Toleration.

John Locke, great Evangelizer of that civic duty (or virtue?) Toleration.

We want Tolerance in this nation right? In our churches? Our societies? Our communities? Perhaps. I’m not sure the last time anyone has told me what they mean by Tolerance. That means there is room for a dialogue discerning what is meant by Tolerance, what we ought to do with it, if it’s a virtue we ought to cultivate, and if we should exhort others to it.

Tolerance was a term popularized by John Locke, English Philosopher and Physician who lived mostly in the 17th century. Today Tolerance is lauded as a virtue amongst most Liberal Nation-States, which is most of the world ‘powers’ nowadays. You might also know Locke from his influence on Thomas Jefferson. The latter took the former’s ‘life, liberty, & pursuit of property’ and turned it into ‘life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness.’ Some of Locke’s dividing of The Church and Magistrate duties influenced Jefferson, whose letter was interpreted by the US Supreme Court as ‘separation of Church & State.’ This phrased however was long assumed to mythical proportions before such an interpretation of Jefferson’s letter occurred.
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How to Ask Poor Questions: 101

Posted: December 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

keanu questionsSome of you may have read Douglas Adam’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In this story a supercomputer ponders on the answer to “The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.” The answer comes back as “42.” Then a new program called “Earth” is created to help them figure out what the question is that they actually want to ask, since the answer 42 is meaningless without it. This is a point that the baptized Aristotelian strands of Christianity picked up at an early point. Our answers are only as good as our questions. So I present a thought experiment.
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Advent: Time as a Creature

Posted: December 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

Consumer-ChristianityConsumerism dictates when Christmas is today, blah blah blah, etc. etc. Black Friday ushers in “Christmas” for The World just as Good Friday ushers in Easter for Christians. We’ve all heard the arguments, e.g. Wal-Mart dictates our calendars, etc. etc. Boring, obvious, trite, true, let’s move on. Read the rest of this entry »

"Cawwww! Cawwww! Sanctus! Sanctus! Sanctus!"

“Cawwww! Cawwww! Sanctus! Sanctus! Sanctus!”

The reading for Sunday’s Evensong was from Philippians 3.14-4.1. But if you kept reading two verses after (which the prayer book rubrics allow) you heard St. Paul mention in 4.3, “Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.” This Clement was an early Bishop of Rome following the line of St. Peter, arguably the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th bishop after St. Peter. St. Clement’s lesser feast day is celebrated on November 23rd in our Calendar.

Like St. Paul, Clement followed the apostolic tradition of writing epistles to his flock. We still have a copy of his First Epistle to the Corinthians where he talks about the PHOENIX. And you can bet your bottom dollar that I am a man of deep interest and introspection when it comes to that most objective of scientias, Mythological Biology. Much like a $2 bottle of wine or a can of sardines, Mythological Biology is a delicacy only to be studied and enjoyed by true connoisseurs of all things refined.

WARNING: Phoenixes are awesome and thus can only be enjoyed in small amounts.


Let us consider that wonderful sign [of the resurrection] which takes place in Eastern lands, that is, in Arabia and the countries round about. There is a certain bird which is called a phoenix. Read the rest of this entry »

Calvin & Hobbes were either a boy and his tiger, or an automaton and his Dragon. I can’t remember which is which.

Teach what befits Sound Doctrine
-St. Paul’s letter to St. Titus

And then St. Paul goes on to talk about how to tell different groups how to act.

“But isn’t doctrine just a set of abstract principles? What’s doctrine got to do with my relationship with Jesus Christ? Hasn’t all that done more harm than good?”

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Modern education developed side-by-side factories. Coincidence.

“Liberal Education” used to be a iteration of the classical Philosophical Schools. These schools embodied ways to educate a human being,  on how to be a human being. That is, the ends of one’s studies were built into the disciplines. Now we go to University to “get a job,” which is a way of saying, the ends of The University’s practices are not built into them. Like Ford’s assembly line, schools produce machines. Like McDonald’s fast food lines, schools produce consumers. Read the rest of this entry »