Sometimes a Sword is Just a Sword: Freudianism Fails to Makes Sense of The Hobbit

In an essay titled “Psychological Themes in The Hobbit,” Dorthy Matthews writes the following: “It is only through chance that the key to the trolls’ cave is found, thus providing unearned access to the magic swords so necessary for later trials.  If the sword is seen as a phallic symbol, its miraculous appearance at the … Read more

St. Benedict: A 6th Century Saint for the 21st Century

Over at Homiletic and Pastoral Review, an essay I wrote on St. Benedict is making the rounds on the usual Catholic news aggregators. Here is the intro to the Essay:  Chesterton wrote that “it is the paradox of history that each generation is converted by the saint who contradicts it most.” He argues that this is the reason … Read more

If Machiavelli, Nietzsche, Huxley and Ayn Rand Made a Video Game

If Machiavelli, Nietzsche, Huxley and Ayn Rand made a video game it would likely be similar to the 2007 hit game BioShock.  BioShock was received with much admiration and recognition when it was released by means of a number of awards: Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) Art Direction, AIAS Original Music Composition, AIAS … Read more

How the HHS Mandate Can Help the Catholic Church

[sarcasm]The catholic church is really missing out on the benefits and opportunities that the HHS mandate is presenting it for increasing the size of its church.  Religious institute and organizations are exempt from the HHS mandate; however, the definition of a religious organization is very narrow: all or most of the employees must be of … Read more

A History of Wrongs

The history of Protestantism can be summed up simply as a history of wrongs. In 1517 Martin Luther says to the Catholic Church “you’re wrong.” Thus began what is now known as the Lutheran church and the Protestant reformation.  A couple of decades later Zwingli and Calvin say to Martin Luther “you’re wrong” and begins … Read more

HHS Mandate, Religious Freedom, Vatican II

In the midst of the HHS mandate that is being discussed in the supreme court, it is helpful to take a look at the Vatican II document Dignitatis Humanae. It is the council’s document on religious freedom. Here are some high points from the document: “the human person has a right to religious freedom” paragraph … Read more