Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
When I describe it as a hypothesis, I mean that despite the best efforts of our ecumenists, there's no reality there.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I'd be remiss without mentioning Father Stephen's recounting of the remarkable appearance of the Royal Family to some non-Orthodox during a car accident. I've linked to this posting previously.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Gabriel hosted a genteel discussion of Old Rome's Humanae Vitae, where I posted a comment intended to get us back to the basics about our fundamental ignorance about the nature of ensoulment.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
This is the song of the death procession, which made its debut in Florence's Carnival in 1511. It was innovative and not especially appropriate given its somberness in the midst of a festive atmosphere. I came across its performance by the Huelgas Ensemble while I was studying the annihilation of the Cathars in the Albigensian Crusade.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Reality agrees with my disparagement. Hey, don't take my word for it. Take a gander at this hilarious news item.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
For a third time, I voiced my support for the Squabbling of the Patriarchs.
Friday, July 04, 2008
One dispute is about the EP's visit to the Ukraine. By the way, the Church in Ukraine is involved in its own controversy, of course, with a couple of schismatic churches as well as the Unia.
Another dispute concerns New Rome's primacy in Orthodoxy. Third Rome appears to believe in its superiority as defender of the Orthodox Faith over Constantinople.
I like the drama. Vehement defense of divergent views within the Church is healthy...and it's a clear sign that Orthodoxy isn't ossified.
Governments do not make ideals, but ideals make governments. This is both historically and logically true. Of course the government can help to sustain ideals and can create institutions through which they can be the better observed, but their source by their very nature is in the people.
The people have to bear their own responsibilities. There is no method by which that burden can be shifted to the government. It is not the enactment, but the observance of laws, that creates the character of a nation.
In my view, anything said by Coolidge or his Treasury Secretary, Andrew Mellon, is worthy of consideration.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
If my proposition is correct, then another question follows: are animals willing providential agents?