How to Ask Poor Questions: 101

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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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