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On the Miracle of the Sun

The "Miracle of the Sun", experienced in Fatima, Portugal on October 13, 1917, has been reflected upon many times and by people far more illustrious than I. Yet, I cannot find anything on the Internet that speaks of a possible metaphorical significance or meaning to the event. Did the Blessed Virgin Mary provide a miracle with a lot of pizzazz, but no special meaning or significance?

Is scientific morality possible?

There is such a thing as natural theology, a theology that doesn't presume the truth of revealed scripture from any religious tradition. Socrates, Plato and Aristotle had interesting approximations (acknowledging that there are limits to what finite human beings can know about an infinite God) to a monotheistic concept of God that is as far above paganism as quantum physics is above Aristotle's concepts of motion, attraction, form and matter, etc.

Why did God give us Kudzu? (Part 2: Cancer)

(See Part 1.) Continuing with my interpretation of why God afflicts us with plagues, even though we're not living in ancient Egypt and we haven't enslaved the Hebrews…

Sexual fantasy and dystopia, and their relationship to totalitarianism

Attorney and author Nicholas Zinos has a fascinating reflection on dystopian literature, and how it recognizes the impact of a totalitarian state on human sexuality and procreation.

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Jeremiah was a prophet of the Kingdom of Judah, prior to, during and after the conquest by the Babylonians. He was, so to speak, a "gadfly on the wall" as great tragic events swirled around him, events that were inevitable as the people, especially their leaders, abandoned faith in the Living God. Instead, they sought refuge in all the wrong places. Their leaders even fled to Egypt to escape the Chaldeans (whose capital was Babylon)… Yet, their alliance with Egypt proved fruitless.

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