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Fahrenheit 451

I recently had occasion to read Ray Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451, and the thing simply astonished me with its prescience. Written in 1953, before any of the technological gee-whizzery we all take for granted today, the novel constructed a frighteningly … Continue reading

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Eifelheim

Michael Flynn is one of those rare sci-fi authors whose sci-fi stories are based profoundly in the things that make us human rather than pretentious imaginations that either make us forget that we are human, or else look forward to … Continue reading

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No Popery

In recent weeks I’ve been skimming through Herbert Thurston, S.J.’s No Popery: Chapters on Anti-Papal Prejudice. It’s an older Catholic book (published in 1930), and as such it’s interesting to me how Father Thurston strives for moderation in his tone. … Continue reading

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Averroes: The Decisive Treatise (II) – Faith, Reason, and Rhetoric

Averroes devotes his Decisive Treatise to a single theme: a defense of synthesizing the dictates of revealed religion with external philosophical concerns. Inasmuch as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have all been forced to deal with this question, it seems that … Continue reading

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Averroes: The Book of the Decisive Treatise (I)

The theme of Averroes’ Decisive Treatise is, as he puts it, “to investigate, from the perspective of Law-based reflection, whether reflection upon philosophy and the sciences of logic is permitted, prohibited, or commanded – and this as a recommendation or … Continue reading

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It’s The End of the World As We Know It

[Warning: Spoilers Present] I usually spend my short breaks at work reading fiction–about the only times I’ve had for quite some time to read for mere enjoyment. Here are brief reviews of two disaster novels I recently read. I’ve not … Continue reading

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An “Analytical” Review of Reign of Fire (2002)

Once upon a time there was a world of self-satisfied Modern people, blissfully going about their materialistic existences, concerned with all the boring, trite things that Modern people are concerned with, such as the unimpeded advance of “civilization” of the … Continue reading

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The Human Equation

[Repost from May 7, 2004] Just for fun I’ve started reading Asimov’s robot novels again, after letting them sit on a shelf untouched for a few years. I’ve started with Caves of Steel, and am nearly done with it now. … Continue reading

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A Review of Planet of the Apes (2001)

The Planet of the Apes movie franchise has evolved a long way from its humble 1968 beginning in the Charlton Heston film. At least that is the case if we are talking about the special effects. In terms of substance … Continue reading

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A History of Christendom, by Warren H. Carroll

I’ve been told for several years by Catholic friends that I ought to look at Warren H. Carroll’s six-volume A History of Christendom. Carroll is Professor Emeritus at Christendom College, which he founded, and has been at work on his … Continue reading

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