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The Green Man

or how to resist the tyranny of the algorithm

Once upon a time, in a summerland called The Late-Nineteen Hundreds or Early Two Thousands, my wife and I went to the Michigan Renaissance Festival accoutered in festival attire and accompanied by our then extant brood (might have been three, might have been four or five—I’m not good at keeping track), at least one of […] (Read More)
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On Heresy

I’ve recently been reading Margaret Barker’s The Mother of the Lord, Volume I: The Lady in the Temple in which she argues that the religion of pre-Babylonian captivity Israel was quite different from what we were all taught in both Sunday school and divinity school (is there a difference?). First-temple Judaism, she suggests, was characterized […] (Read More)
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The Being of Marriage

As Paul Evdokimov has argued, “Without a metaphysic, without a return to the beginning, the human being can never be grasped; there will always remain a residue that is irreducible to history and pure phenomenology. Only then will we be able to deal with the archetypal constitution of man and the distinction between the charismatic […] (Read More)
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The Invisible

Jesus the Imagination coverA world contaminated by corporate greed, the abject superficiality of social media celebrity, and the commodification of the self has not left art unpoisoned. Indeed, the arts have been co-opted by all of these. Rare is the art collector today who cultivates a collection the way one might a garden—with love and eyes opened to […] (Read More)
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Mind over matter: a little light reading for a mentally healthy summer

My ideal list of summer reading would have to include Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, the perfect antidote to the current obsession with endlessly emoting, allegedly to promote one’s own ‘mental health’ but at the expense of everyone else’s. While Marianne emotes, regardless of other people’s feelings, Elinor, secretly in love with Edward Ferrars, suppresses […] (Read More)
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The Sophia Option III: Taking it back

The most important aspect of what I have been calling the Sophia Option (an outgrowth of my Radical Catholic Reimagination of Everything project) focuses on the regeneration of culture. Western civilization’s experiment in creating a culture without a religious or spiritual dimension has failed. And miserably. Without a mooring in the reality that a spiritual/religious […] (Read More)
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The Sophia Option II: A Joyful Noise

As I have said earlier, an essential element of what I am calling the Sophia Option (an idea mindful of the complications involved in Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option) resides in an intentionality grounded in joy. I am not interested in a withdrawal from the allegedly sinful world, hiding with my my wife and children in […] (Read More)
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The Catholic Church is Bigger on the Inside

Freedom at the Eucharistic Altar

Editor’s Note: In the spirit of his recently released Angelico Press book, God’s Gamble, Gil Bailie reflects on the mystery of faith. By Gil Bailie G. K. Chesterton was an adult convert, who acknowledged that one of the great surprises of his life was discovering that: The Catholic Church is bigger on the inside than it is […] (Read More)