Is Middle-earth morally simplistic?

Peter Paul Rubens - Saint Michael expelling Lucifer and the Rebellious Angels, 1622 One of the criticisms sometimes brought against the sub-creation of J.R.R. Tolkien, Middle-earth, is that it is morally simplistic. This criticism seems so self-evidentially absurd that it's difficult to write a response to it. For one thing, this criticism was leveled against … Continue reading Is Middle-earth morally simplistic?

J.R.R. Tolkien on the Purpose of Life

"So it may be said that the chief purpose of life, for any one of us, is to increase according to our capacity our knowledge of God by all the means we have, and to be moved by it to praise and thanks. To do as we say in the Gloria in Excelsis: Laudamus te, … Continue reading J.R.R. Tolkien on the Purpose of Life

The Lord of the Depraved: Amazon wants Westeros, not Middle-earth

"'Christopher was far more interested in preserving legacy than money.'  The movie-making business is a money-making business and it will do what needs to be done for those ends alone....If worshiping the modern dysfunctional view of sex means turning some characters gay or adding depraved sex scenes, then that’s what it will do." I wrote … Continue reading The Lord of the Depraved: Amazon wants Westeros, not Middle-earth

Historian Tom Holland examines the myth of ‘pagan’ Christmas

One thing for which I have little patience is Christians who refuse to celebrate Christian holidays because of "pagan" roots. I've written about this phenomenon before. The logic employed to say such things would receive an F on a college term paper. For example, too often the anti-holiday crowd uses the logical fallacy that correlation … Continue reading Historian Tom Holland examines the myth of ‘pagan’ Christmas

Book Review: Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick J. Deneen

Liberalism has failed because liberalism has succeeded. As it becomes fully itself, it generates endemic pathologies more rapidly and pervasively than it is able to produce Band-aids and veils to cover them. -- Patrick J. Deneen What book would garner endorsements from a spectrum of political opinions, ranging from President Barack Obama and Cornel West … Continue reading Book Review: Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick J. Deneen

Saint Paul and Habakkuk 2:4: Evidence that Faith is a Life Lived and Not Mere Belief

I don't particularly like doing “word studies” of the Bible. I do not know Hebrew or Greek, and anyone who claims they do can simply tell me I'm wrong and that I do not understand the language. They can say, “The word is a past-perfect-noun-verb-clause-dative, and therefore the text clearly means yadda, yadda, yadda.” It … Continue reading Saint Paul and Habakkuk 2:4: Evidence that Faith is a Life Lived and Not Mere Belief

Letters on Liturgy by Fr. Dwight Longenecker – A Review

The familial debate within Catholicism about what make the best liturgical practices can get very heated indeed. And family quarrels can be some of the worst, especially for something as meaningful and important as our Catholic worship. The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls the Eucharist the “source and summit of the Christian life” and … Continue reading Letters on Liturgy by Fr. Dwight Longenecker – A Review

Did the Bishop of Idaho ‘ban’ something or simply ‘choose’ something else?

The best lies are those that have a measure of truth.  A half-truth is actually more dangerous than a complete lie.  Say that Mr. Jones is in cahoots with Martians from outer space and it will be rejected outright because it is so obviously absurd.  But saying Mr. Jones “hates” fish when in fact he … Continue reading Did the Bishop of Idaho ‘ban’ something or simply ‘choose’ something else?