Service at Melkite Greek Catholic Church

This is short and edifying, about visiting a Melkite Greek Catholic Church for Divine Liturgy.

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Gulf

It’s surprising that Scott Alexander of Slate Star Codex and Father Dwight Longenecker reach related conclusions: The Catholic Priest in When the Benedict Option Is the Only Option; The practicing psychiatrist Neutral vs. Conservative: The Eternal Struggle.

Or maybe their conclusions aren’t all that similar. Anyway, it’s interesting to read one after the other and consider both.

I think there is a big divide in society between people who use reason and argument to find out what is true, and people who use the trappings of reason to win arguments. These two men are on the same side of that divide.

UPDATE: I took the time to read Stanley Fish’s Why Can’t We All Just Get Along, and Joseph Moore’s blog post about Fish’s article. It was time well spent.

Three claims

If you set God and reason in opposition, you get either Islam or far-left progressivism.

Alex Jones isn’t a conspiracy theorist; he just plays one on the radio.

You can’t have both the right to choose your career and the right to a living wage.

And one question answered

How come flag burning isn’t hate speech? To paraphrase a quote I saw somewhere and can’t now find: The violence of the left is speech, and so must be protected. The speech of the right is violence, so violently preventing it is justified self-defense.

The most important news story this week

And it’s not good news. Scientists created a part-human, part-pig embryo.

That’s evil,and insane. God did mankind a favor at Babel.

“The LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the people had built. Then the LORD said: If now, while they are one people and all have the same language, they have started to do this, nothing they presume to do will be out of their reach. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that no one will understand the speech of another. So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. — Genesis 11, New American Bible

UPDATE 30 January 2017: Summary of chimera research.

People differ

“In my Travels, as I walked through many Regions and Countries, it was my chance to happen into that famous Continent of universe; a very large and spacious Country it is…

“The people are not all of one complexion, nor yet of one Language, mode, or way of Religion; but differ as much as (’tis said) do the Planets themselves. Some are right, and some are wrong, even as it happeneth to be in lesser Regions.” — The Holy War, by John Bunyan, 1682

The people differ – well, sure. But “Some are right, and some are wrong?” Isn’t that hate speech?

Carols

In Gaudete the second verse

Ezechielis porta
Clausa pertransitur.
Unde lux est orta
Salus invenitur.

is a reference to Ezekiel 44:1-4. Everybody likely to listen to Christmas carols in Latin probably already knew this, but it was new to me.

I hadn’t heard Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant, from here, for many years.

Continuing the French theme, here’s Noël Nouvelet sung by Lorenna McKennitt.

Finally one in English: Shepherds Arise, by the Richard Huish College Folk Quire.