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"The central doctrine of Christianity, then, is not that God is a bastard. It is, in the words of the late Dominican theologian Herbert McCabe, that if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you."--Terry Eagleton

"It is impossible for me to say in my book one word about all that music has meant in my life. How then can I hope to be understood?--Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice."--Bryan Stevenson

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Soundbites


One more reason Kim Davis is not going to be a martyr:  she's lost FoxNews.

And one more reason we should revive the study of Classics (if J.K. Rowling wasn't proof enough):  so we stop reinventing the wheel (people with excessive overconfidence tend to succeed?  The Greeks taught us that 2500 years ago.  Yes, they may also fail spectacularly, but success and failure are inextricably linked.).

To complete the triad, we recall that politics is the means by which people resolve their difference within an institution, be that government or church.  And we learn, once again, that yes, the Roman Catholic Church also embodies politics.  What's interesting is how much the discussion within the Vatican on what is "true Church teaching" resembles discussions in America on what is "true Constitutional interpretation," complete with appeals to the "Founding Fathers" (who were no more of one mind than we are today) and the certainty that there is only one Church teaching for any given subject (or at least of the "important" ones, whatever they are).

"But Sordello and my Sordello?"

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