Category Archives: Stuff other people said

Day 12. L is for Lutheran pastor

I mentioned a little bit before the contest that I was reading Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber’s book, Pastrix. Since then I’ve been meaning to say a few more words on it, and this seems as good a chance as any. … Continue reading

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A good lenten reminder

Prof. Mondo recently talked about the tendency of people online to fume with righteous indignation over everything, noting: Now as it happens, I have some professional knowledge of vice (in addition to the fieldwork most of us engage in from … Continue reading

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QotD: Folk Tale

From an interview with Gene Wolfe: A troubled man and his wife once sat at their fireside, with no other company than their big black tomcat.  After an hour or more of silence, the wife asks her man what’s bothering … Continue reading

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Aesthetic surrender

Carol Zaleski: The secret writing on the door is “Abandon skepticism, all ye who enter here.” To approach the Divine Comedy with an open heart is to be converted on some level, if only for the time being. The late … Continue reading

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Conventional people

“Ike, Spes people are very conventional, conservative people, haven’t you noticed? Very elitist people. How could we be anything but?” “Conservative? Conventional? What are you talking about?” “Well, look at us! Power hierarchy, division of labor by gender, Cartesian values, … Continue reading

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QotD: Scientia amorque

This passage is from the first chapter of one of my textbooks for this semester (An Introduction to the Trinity by Declan Marmion and Rik Van Nieuwehove): For its part, theology has an ‘existential’ and practical aspect; to do theology … Continue reading

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Two quotes from David Bentley Hart

First: I have never really been able to make myself want to specialize in some very narrow section of one very narrow field of study.  This may be why I was unable as an undergraduate to decide whether I might … Continue reading

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QotD: Literary Theory

Daniel Mendelsohn: First of all, I think undergraduates should be kept away from Theory at all costs. I don’t think people should be allowed to even hear the word “theory” until they’re doing graduate work—for the very good reason that … Continue reading

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Are we too responsible?

Tristyn Bloom on one aspect of pro-abortion thought that is often neglected: We often hear that a problem with young people today is that we are irresponsible. We don’t have a sense of duty. We don’t have a sense of … Continue reading

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Points of reference

Leah Libresco: But, in the defense of the soft-spoken, it’s hard to let the beating heart of your faith show when you speak about it primarily in the context of political or cultural controversy, or scholarly disputes where you’re summarizing … Continue reading

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