Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto

From First Thoughts

The wife and I have a Netflix deal where we get two movies, mail them back, and get two more. I don’t know who came up with the idea but surely the dude’s a millionaire . . . talk about convenient! However, in the spirit of complete disclosure you sometimes get a disc that is so used . . . . Continue Reading »

Jesus, Gnosis, and History

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Dr. Pence, in an earlier thread, implied that certain mainstream Judeo-Christian sects did not share the same faith that evangelicals consistently exhibit. I believe he is correct in his observations and hope that he might pursue the question. At the core of the modern problem of faith, both public . . . . Continue Reading »

The Restoration of Order

From First Thoughts

Language symbols convey the existence, in the experienced world, of a sense perception that is purposefully designed to reconstitute, for the listener, an “engendering reality.” The truth of these symbols, even if they explicate a non-existent reality, belongs to the non-existent . . . . Continue Reading »

In Praise of Peter Lawler and Dixie

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Peter’s delightful post, “Localism,” takes his work to a new level of literary achievement. This is the stuff of anthologies and “Greatest Works” collections. It is singularly brilliant, it reveals him not as your stereotypical “pointy-headed” philosophy . . . . Continue Reading »

Brother Koontz

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No contemporary novelist has been as consistent in his opposition to the more pernicious aspects of modernity than Dean Koontz. My review of his latest: http://metapsychology.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=book&id=4977&cn=140 And, for Dr. Lawler’s information it is available at . . . . Continue Reading »

PoMoCon/FPR Contretemps

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Notes and asides: Someone in the FPR camp is going to have to respond to James’s inquiries, brilliantly rendered, in his Saturday post, Deconstructing Lifestyle . The response will do much to lay the argument open for examination. And, Ralph Hancock has weighed in with some rather pithy . . . . Continue Reading »

Love, the Sweet Divine Contradiction

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Love, I think, is a primary component in the metaleptic phenomenon of being and Eternal Being within the tension of existence. It is the experiential insight that gives succor to man’s deformed yearning (sehnsucht) for perfection in life, and it reveals to us that “God can not be . . . . Continue Reading »

Debate?

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If we are to engage in a discussion, debate, or civil argument it is imperative that we share some understanding of the ground of discussion; in this instance some comprehension of the “matrix of reality,” because recent developments clearly illustrate the pernicious effects of the . . . . Continue Reading »

Memorial Day 2009

From First Thoughts

I caught up with Harold Kelly in the narthex of the church following services Sunday. “Mr. Kelly,” I said extending my hand, “I just wanted to say, thank you for your service.” His eyes immediately filled up with tears that in a matter of moments came pouring down his . . . . Continue Reading »