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The Proper Names of the Beasts

January 9th, 2007 · No Comments ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: At Genesis 2:19, God grants Adam the prerogative to name the animals, all of which God (only recently) had made. “So out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; [...]

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What Is Meant by the “Harrowing” of Hell?

December 21st, 2006 · 1 Comment ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: A curious term indeed, it refers to the three days Jesus spent in Hell after he was crucified, before he went to Heaven. But what was he doing there, and why would he want to visit such a place? For me, at least, this always has seemed to be a kind of bolt-on [...]

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Why Did Xerxes Flog the Hellespont?

December 20th, 2006 · 4 Comments ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: It was 480 BCE and Xerxes was pissed. His father, Darius, had passed away several years earlier, and those pesky Greeks hadn’t budged an inch. Worse yet, a coalition of Athenian and Platean hoplites had made mincemeat of his much-larger army at the Battle of Marathon. He therefore determined to send a huge [...]


Ontological Argument Redux

December 19th, 2006 · No Comments ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: The Ontological Argument for the existence of God is one of philosophy’s most notorious puzzles. Personally, I am inclined to view it more as an artifact of middle-ages Scholasticism; perhaps there is something about the Latin language, or predicate calculus, or being shut up in a monastery, disposing one to such undertakings. As [...]

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Why Did God Call the Jews a “Stiff-Necked” People?

December 11th, 2006 · 14 Comments ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: We know from Exodus 32:7 that God was displeased with Aaron’s rebellion in Moses’ absence; while Moses was away, Aaron fabricated the Golden Calf. God interrupted Moses’ sojourn on Mount Sinai to send him down to berate the Chosen People, on his behalf. In fact, God was so angry, his first inclination simply [...]


Apocalypto by Mel Gibson

December 8th, 2006 · 1 Comment ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: Well, the reviews are in, and the general consensus is, Mel Gibson’s “Apocalypto” is (a) the most violent movie ever made; and, (b) all things considered, a pretty good movie. McCarthy, T., “Apocalypto,” Daily Variety (Dec. 1, 2006); Honeycutt, K., “Apocalypto,” Hollywood Reporter (Dec. 1, 2006); Scott, A.O., “The Passion of the Maya,” [...]

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An Apparent Contradiction in Catholic Theology

December 4th, 2006 · No Comments ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: At today’s mass (12/4/06), the priest stated, “We no longer await the historical Incarnation” of Jesus. I was disturbed by this remark, because we also prayed, “In your mercy keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our savior, Jesus [...]

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Why It’s Not a Good Idea to Eat Your Enemy’s Brain

November 30th, 2006 · 1 Comment ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: It used to be standard procedure to eat your enemies after you’ve killed them. A variety of reasons have been adduced for this, including: (1) to obtain some attribute they possess, such as bravery or knowledge; (2) for moral edification; (3) it’s a religious ritual; (4) you’re hungry and it’s a good source [...]

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Isn’t It About Time to Update the Tanakh?

November 11th, 2006 · No Comments ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: The “Old Testament” (“Tanakh” is a much better term, because it avoids a pejorative comparison with the “New Testament”) most likely was written between the 10th century BCE and the 6th century BCE. The events it purports to relate, of course, occurred much earlier. “[W]ithin that varied Hebrew literature spanning a millennium which [...]

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Is Hell Hot or Cold?

November 9th, 2006 · No Comments ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: When I was in fourth grade, we used to play a little game, which went something like this: would you rather die in the heat of the desert, or be submerged in snow and ice? Pretty macabre, n’est-ce pas? The former probably was the result of reading too much Beau Geste; I suppose [...]

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