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Here’s Thomas Aquinas in Summa Contra Gentiles, Book IV, ch. 52: “[We Christians] affirm that man was, from the beginning, so fashioned that as long as his reason was subject to God, not only would his lower powers serve him without … Continue reading
Quite a thing to discover. A man who participates in neighborhood barbecues also kidnaps and imprisons women. This is Hannah Arendt’s “the banality of evil” right next door. Charles Ramsey gives a compelling interview on his rescue of Amanda Berry: … Continue reading
Contained in Immanuel Kant’s (1724-1804) Critique of the Powers of Judgment are his reflections on beauty and the sublime. Beauty, writes Kant, can be defined as something that is good in itself that pleases the eye; it is absent any utility … Continue reading
This ad demonstrates the ways in which people at once reveal and conceal their physical traits and personas to others online: Who are you, really?
Sometimes we think that if we could just have a stunning visual demonstration of something we believe in, that it would convince the nonbelievers in our midst. So it is that alien enthusiasts fantasize about UFOs on the White House lawn, and Evangelical … Continue reading
She calls it love at first sight, so I’ll play with her cliche, let it trip and tickle back to her upon my tongue, tease her with … Continue reading
The MONSTEROUS plays an enormous role in literature and the human imagination—from the Book of Revelation and Dante’s Inferno to Nosferatu and Mad Monster Party. It also plays a large role in politics—as in the demonizing, by the far right, of Barack … Continue reading
Has McCain Created a Rogue Monster?: With Just Ten Days to Go, CNN Reports That Sarah Palin, with an Eye to 2012, is Breaking Free of Her McCain Handlers, and Saying What She Wants
Hillary Clinton’s campaign also started to implode with recriminations at the end, and it looks like McCain’s is doing the same. Money quote from CNN today: Several McCain advisers have suggested to CNN that they have become increasingly frustrated with … Continue reading
Christopher Frilingos’s Spectacles of Empire: Monsters, Martyrs, and the Book of Revelation (University of Pennsylvania Press 2004) is a great academic text about the Book of Revelation, but it is also a fascinating uncovering of Roman cultural curiosities. The author, for example, … Continue reading