Adonis Aphrodite

“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.” Song of Songs I:I.

A: Great Question! We do in a sense.

Q: Why is this question asked?
A1: It’s Lent.
The Church tells us to fast because they’ve found through the ages a connection between one’s passions for food and one’s passions for sex. We seek not to destroy passions necessarily, but to give them the proper objects, and put those desires into proper order, to function well to human excellence.
A2: Because in college you’re expected to sleep around with people and you’re expected to talk about LGBTQ.
These are distinct but not unrelated phenomenon.

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What Should I Give Up For Lent?

Posted: February 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

lent is comingFat Tuesday / Mardis Gras feast: 8pm with live jazz band and free food and drink – all the things we can’t have come Lent :)
Ash Wednesday: 6pm, Mass with Ashes

Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. But before that is Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras in French), we’ll been having a feast at St. Mary’s! On to the topic!

There are two rampant misconceptions about Lent.

(1) That we give up our sins for Lent.
(2) That taking on something for Lent is good enough.

I’ll talk about these two then re-ask the question, “What should I give up for Lent?”

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Relativism, in its post-modern articulation, is simply one more articulation of an ancient logical error. This contradiction existed in mouths of the ancients and we have texts back to the 400-500’s BC to demonstrate it. It of course has some nuancing for this generation, but those are superfluous, like putting icing on a non-existent cake.

I hear a lot of relativism from students and yokels alike. It’s definitely a fashion in the post-modern world. And I find the militant ones to be found among Atheists and Charismatic Evangelicals alike. There is a strangeness to this phenomenon that points to a stranger reality — these two groups are two sides of the same coin.

Let’s take a look at some of its articulations:

All truth is relative.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Morals are relative.
You gotta’ do what’s right for you.
You do you, I do me.
We all have to make our own choices.
Everyone has to experience life for themselves.

etc. etc. ad nauseum, literally.

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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, & property(thanks Riversong) 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 »