How to Read & Critique Harry Potter like a Phoenix

"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.

CHAPTER 25 — THE PHOENIX AN EMBLEM OF OUR RESURRECTION.

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. Continue reading

What’s Doctrine Got to Do With Daily Life?

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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The Church as Philosophical School

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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. Continue reading

What’s Christianity Got to Do with Social Sciences?

St. Simon was sawed in half, thus the saw. St. Jude was axed to death, thus the axe handle. Magicians have been trying to copy these tricks ever since, just like Exodus 7.10-11.

Today is the Feast of St. Judas & St. Simon. One of the readings is thus:

If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world—therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, “Servants are not greater than their master.” If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. But they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.

What would make a Christian hated?

Consider this example:

Yesterday I had a conversation with a young Mohametan woman. We discussed micro-loans in African nations Continue reading

Jonah & The Leviathan as Divine Comedy

4593443691_604f34cda8_zJesus was a pirate of the 1st century. His most magnificent adventure was when he was swallowed by The Leviathan, rode it to the ends of the earth to The Great Deep and entered into Hell through the Gates of Hades. There he kicked in the doors of death, challenged the Dragon to a pistol duel, plundered all the souls he could take, blunderbuss’d his way out, and rose from the Deep. We commemorate his great plundering on Saturdays but especially on Holy Saturday. And we commemorate his return every Sunday, but especially on Easter Sunday, as well as in our creeds when we recite, “He descended into Hell…”

WHO IS THIS LEVIATHAN YOU SPEAK OF?
AND WHAT DOES PIRATE JESUS HAVE TO DO WITH JONAH?
Here we go… Continue reading