Category Archives: Judaism

Linguistic love affairs

Like many kids who grew up in Ontario, I was required to study French until my first year of high school. I spent most of those classes bored, and dropped them as soon as they became optional. And as of … Continue reading

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Quare fremuerunt gentes

St. Francis de Sales is growing on me. I was reading a bit of his Introduction to the Devout Life today, and was struck by his discussion about abasement, which is, “that littleness, meanness, and imperfection which is in us”, … Continue reading

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QotD: Jewish/Catholic Guilt

Eve Tushnet, in a somewhat spoilerific post on Brideshead Revisited: I’m reminded of an interview I did a while back, where I semi-jokingly suggested that Catholic and Jewish guilt stem from one of the strengths of Catholicism and Judaism: the … Continue reading

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Further adventures in counterculture

I recently finished Ross Douthat‘s excellent book, Bad Religion, which sets out the thesis that the problem with religion in America is not that it is too Christian or not Christian enough, but rather that religion has been degraded into … Continue reading

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Illuminated manuscripts as platformers, fractal pancakes and other curiosities

It’s been a busy week, and my brain is kaput. So instead have some interesting links: Carl Pyrdum compares the representation of gravity in Mario and medieval illustrations. That post was via Thomas L. MacDonald, who recently posted an essay … Continue reading

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Of Jews, Popes and heathens

Who is afraid of the Jews? Marc Barnes, apparently, in another one of his frustratingly insightful posts. As someone who is Not Quite Jewish (it’s the matrilineal descent thing), my introduction to the God of Israel was through the Passover … Continue reading

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