In the previous installment in this series on the Great Flood in the literary tradition, we saw that the Biblical flood story, unlike its analogs in pagan literature, emphasizes the God who saves, rather than on the man who is saved. The survival of Moses and his family is part of a pattern that marks the relations of God and Man. We’ll come back to that later, but today I want to take a […] Continue Reading…
When I started this reading exercise that I call “adventures in comparative mythology,” nearly two years ago, I said that one of the things I hoped to achieve was to get readers to be able to read the story of the Flood in the Bible “with fresh eyes.” So let’s imagine someone doing just that — picking up the Bible for the first time and reading this story, much as we have read the flood […] Continue Reading…
Illustration from Slate.com
As this article from Slate acknowledges, very few concrete facts about Ireland’s patron saint have survived. Much that we think we know is merely legend. Keeping that in mind, did you ever wonder why Saint Patrick is credited with expelling snakes (not wolves, not badgers, not even demons) from the Emerald Isle?
I’m not going to dispute whether holy Padraic literally chased serpentine creatures from Ireland, but you have to admit that on […] Continue Reading…
The Moral Imagination
- Movie makers need to read great literature, too
- Reading and the Moral Imagination: Plato and truth in fiction
- Why Civil Society Needs Great Stories
- Poetic Truth, Part I: Giambattista Vico
- Plato, Homer, and the Saints in Outer Space
- Epic poetry and the moral imagination
- Fact, Legend, and the Perils of Modern Hagiography: Andrew M. Seddon’s Celtic Paths
- Mysteries of Ancient Rome, Part 1 (SPQR)
- An Odd and most-endearing protagonist
- Mysteries of Ancient Rome, Part 3 (Marcus Didius Falco mysteries)
- More recent reading: Madeleine L’Engle’s “Dragons in the Waters”
Catholic Social Teaching
- Rerum Novarum in Australia: “Putting the common good back into the Commonwealth”
- Rerum Novarum §26-42: Summary
- What do we mean by “society”?
- Fr. Robert Barron on Paul Ryan’s grasp of CST
- Catholic Social Teaching gaining political traction in the UK?