“I’m Spiritual But Not Religious…”

By Jon|April 6, 2016|Culture, Religion|

Lately, I’m all about getting to the root of catchy phrases that have serious implications behind them. While we don’t see these sort of assemblies around and probably never will…the video, intentionally or not, does make a powerful point I made here: that even when people seem independent in a new way- its human nature to want and have friends. So as soon as that person identifies with another independent spiritual person

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Merry Christmas!

By Jon|December 28, 2015|Culture|

It is possible: Christmas music that is both comical but [mostly] sublime. Enjoy! Over 2000 years ago, before the birth of Christ, the poet Virgil wrote this: Ultima Cumaei venit iam carminis aetas; magnus ab integro saeclorum nascitur ordo. Iam redit et Virgo, redeunt Saturnia regna; iam nova progenies caelo demittitur alto. Tu modo nascenti puero, quo ferrea primum desinet ac toto surget gens aurea mundo, casta fave Lucina: tuus iam

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Make the Most of the Good Stuff at Thanksgiving and Beyond

By Jon|November 29, 2014|Culture, Philosophy|

At Thanksgiving, we are fortunate enough to celebrate in the United States by eating lots of food…good food. We remind ourselves of what we really have by bringing it all out…not just food, but family and friends. But there is space for an analogy here with two major moral worldviews. Let’s assume for the sake of it, that Thanksgiving Day is the last day of your life. Everyone prefers certain foods

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Loneliness Going Viral, Again.

By test|May 5, 2014|Culture, to be moved|

Its becoming popular to recognize and ‘tweet’ about what wisdom would have told us 3000 years ago, 60 years ago and today. Technology connecting us to others doesn’t necessarily fulfill our need for community, because it is not a human being itself, it is partial. In fact it can hinder it…modern progress and science has proved it…science in the real sense of the word – knowing final causes. Aristotle told us

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Famous Art Comes Alive

By test|January 20, 2014|Culture, to be moved|

Today order (which for Aristotle is basically a synonym for beauty) is often condemned as a product of our ‘conspiracy theory perception’ (1) and not actually part of the object, leaving it with no natural significance. Many of the moderns believed after recent psychological advances that they were ‘up one’ on primitive Aristotle as though this ‘intrinsic finality illusion’ could not be something he would have seen. But Aristotle was

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The Polarizing of Faith and Reason In A Few Quotes

By Jon|July 9, 2012|Culture, Education, Enlightenment, Faith and Reason, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy, Resources|

In the so-called “Enlightenment” the classical view of the world was DIVIDED. Two main movements formed which fed off of each other, leaving us with the intense debate we have today: Fideism (Faith) “Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.”  ―  Martin Luther  Empiricism (Science) (and similar “post metaphysical” theories) “If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does

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Prayer composed by John Carroll, Archbishop of Baltimore, in 1791 (Repost)

By test|July 3, 2012|Catholicism, Culture, Religion, Resources, to be moved|

Prayer for Government We pray, Thee O Almighty and Eternal God! Who through Jesus Christ hast revealed Thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Thy mercy, that Thy Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue with unchanging faith in the confession of Thy Name. We pray Thee, who alone art good and holy, to endow with heavenly knowledge, sincere zeal, and sanctity of life, our

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Prominent Atheist Blogger Converts

By Jon|June 28, 2012|Catholicism, Culture, News Commentary, Religion, Theism/Atheism|

The famous atheist blogger, Leah Libresco, announced on her blog at Patheos last week that she has joined RCIA classes to become Catholic. Her post entitled “This is my last post for the Patheos Atheist Portal” sent a shockwave through the online secular community and prompted various angry articles written in response. It starts out: For several years, a lot of my friends have been telling me I had an inconsistent and unsustainable philosophy.

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“For Greater Glory” In Box Office Top Ten

By test|June 7, 2012|Culture, to be moved|

Mentioned earlier, the film “For Greater Glory”, telling the story of the Cristero’s fight for religious freedom from an imposing secularized government in the 20’s apparently did quite well for a movie of its budget. It was shown on only 757 screens and placed in the top 10 for the year. (Just for a perspective, the number one movie “Snow White and the Huntsmen” showed in 3,773 screens nationwide)If you haven’t

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