Archive for Didymus

Three’s A Crowd

A few months ago, New Scientist revealed that a baby was born earlier this year using a newly developed technique which used DNA from three people, allowing parents with rare genetic mutations to have (allegedly) healthy babies.  The science itself is fascinating, of course, as science often is; another testimony to the creative genius of fallen man.  I won’t summarize the article here as it is short and easy to understand, but will rather point out a couple of ironies. Leaving aside the immoral act of IVF, the Jordanian couple who underwent the procedure couldn’t use the method approved in

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Ambushed by Family Movies

“The original stone tablets that Moses brought down out of Mt. Horeb…and smashed, if you believe in that sort of thing” (Raiders of the Lost Ark). Most of us would accept that the description of a movie as “good” is highly ambiguous.  However, we seem to accept the phrase “good family movie” with less circumspection.  Yet might that outward family-friendliness sometimes be cloaking a wolf in sheep’s clothing?  Our junto has discussed the idea of creating opportunities for families to see older movies that will not only entertain but also illuminate – perhaps a moral principle, a historical perspective, or

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Asylum Living

A good chunk of humanity is insane.  By a good chunk I mean a very big chunk, possibly the majority.  This isn’t hyperbole or poetic exaggeration; I mean quite literally that billions of people in the world are insane.  “Now hold on,” you may say, “a lot of things in the world are in pretty rough shape, but that is going way too far.  Maybe that statement shows that you are the insane one.”  Well, maybe so, but I’m betting my life that I’m not.  And not this piddly earthly life with maybe a few pathetic decades left either, but

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Christianity’s Close Shave With a Scimitar

As Islam’s 1,400 year old assault on the West has been rekindled for some decades now, I decided during a small available window of time to read about a 50-year period of that conflict that I knew little about.  For anyone interested in a fascinating overview of the struggle in the Mediterranean from the fall of Rhodes in 1522 to the battle of Lepanto in 1571, I highly recommend Roger Crowley’s book Empires of the Sea; The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World. At just under 300 pages, it is

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It’s A Fallen World (Scientifically, That Is)

Christian theology can fit in science, art, morality, and the sub-Christian religions.  The scientific point of view cannot fit in any of these things, not even science itself.  C.S. Lewis I understand the fascination with all things scientific; as a young man I particularly loved the hard sciences.  I subscribed to Scientific American and even took a post-graduate class in advanced Thermodynamics, just because it was pretty cool stuff (back when partial differential equations didn’t look like Sanskrit to me).  Even today I have a book about special relativity on my Kindle.  But the greatness of  science lies in its

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Chump Change

Is it finally official?  That short of divine intervention, this grand old republic is a goner?  It seems so.  Oh, we may continue our slow fade from world power into relative obscurity (may we join you, Great Britain?), or we may suffer a more catastrophic collapse (move over, Ceausescu), but the political rhetoric about restoring America’s greatness is more than ever form without substance.  Exhibit #1 (the only one we need, as it turns out), is Donald Trump’s candidacy.  It doesn’t matter whether he wins the Republican nomination or not, his status as Republican frontrunner this far down the pike

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Common-Sense Carrying

I need to start by mentioning that I am a good shot.  Not crazy, world-class, ringing the metal in a crosswind at a 1,000 yards shooting, but out to about 300 yards with either a scope or open sights I am pretty good, better than most people I’ve hunted with.  Of the couple of dozen deer I’ve been blessed to harvest, all were killed with one shot, about half of them dropped in place, and only two made it more than 25 yards after being hit.  I’ve missed only one deer that I shot at (he busted me just as

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Freedom, Law and Mercy

“Mercy is an important word for me, but in one way or another it is still somewhat condescending. I like to take words like respect and esteem for man as my starting point.”  Archbishop Elect of Brussels Jozef De Kesel. In last week’s post Timshel encouraged us to “resist the urge to focus on the pope’s shortcomings during this time and stay focused on our own.”  In that spirit, I fully disclose that as a younger man I made a habit of ignoring both dogma and discipline to feed my appetites.  “Late have I loved thee, beauty so ancient and

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Modern Love

Fly-On-The-Wall media presents an advance look at a certain European Cardinal’s upcoming talk at the Synod on the Family! Brothers, I realize that we are given only three minutes to address the synod.  However, if the winners of  the People’s Choice Awards can ignore their time limits, surely a Prince of the Church can do what he wants (check my track record; I have).  Besides, I don’t intend to follow rules that aren’t pastorally sensitive to my desires, and you guys can’t exactly cut to a commercial to get me off stage.  If I haven’t been fired by now with

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Put Up Or Shut Up Time

Humility is the foundation of prayer.  CCC 2559 I’ve been thinking a lot about humility lately, as evidenced by another recent post.  Here’s the thing.  Intellectually, I completely accept that I am nothing, a blob of walking-around mud that can only form this sentence by the grace of unmerited divine favor.  My contingent ontological state is nada, zippo, a totally God-dependent goose egg.  I wouldn’t even be surprised if other people’s nothing is a better quality than mine, as if I got the beta version before nothing was actually perfected.  So why does my intellectual assent to nothingness not trickle down

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