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How diverging diamonds keep you from dying...

Let's talk about traffic — of the diverging diamond variety.

C.S. Lewis, science fiction and why Jesus walked through walls...

In the accounts of the resurrection we are shown that Jesus’ resurrection was a real, physical resurrection. He invites the disciples to touch his wounds and he asks them for food to eat. Therefore this is not a ghost. It is not a zombie. It is not the walking dead. Jesus is resurrected. But hang on a minute. If this is a real physical body why does it not behave like a physical body in all cases...

Why are so many of us so angry so much of the time?

How did everybody get so angry over the last fifty to sixty years? Why the rage? Compared to our antecessors of sixty, seventy, and eighty years ago, most of us are living the dream. We are one of the wealthiest countries in the world; if in need, we get financial assistance from government and social agencies; we are building bigger homes for smaller families; we drive safer cars; we own devices for communication and entertainment undreamed of in 1950; we receive health care unimaginable to our great-grandparents...

China’s two state-mandated Protestant groups launch plan to promote ‘socialist’ Christianity ...

China's two main Protestant organizations have launched a five-year blueprint that includes writing a secular version of the Bible. The government-sanctioned China Christian Council and Three-Self Patriotic Movement unveiled their plan to promote Chinese Christianity from 2018-22. They agreed to cooperate with the principle of Sinicization; to insist on self-government; to reflect the core values of socialism; and to espouse the leadership of the Communist Party...

Baseball is leisurely. Don’t try to make it over with rule changes.....

“Many feel baseball’s pace doesn’t fit the time, that it is too long and too slow to capture newer, younger fans,” Joe Posnanski wrote at MLB.com last year. It sounds like something an old person would say. No knock on old people, the demographic we all belong to, some of us because we live in the moment, others because you’re so forward-looking...

How work brings meaning back to family life...

Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo is often called the beginning of contemporary Catholic social teaching because it was the first encyclical to deal with the unprecedented disruptions of traditional societal order due to the industrial revolution. For fathers, Rerum is one of the most important encyclicals of the modern era, because in it Pope Leo recognized that the nature and ways of work itself were central to the life and health of the family and its surrounding culture (fathers are discussed directly throughout the document)...

Look out, pro-choicers. You're in danger.....

Pro-choicers don’t see the quite possibly fatal flaw in their idea: They’ve established a principle someone someday may use against them. It could literally a fatal flaw. Do they see that? No. They don’t look ahead. Pro-choicers assume they’ll be okay because they’ve been okay so far. What could go wrong? Which is, I would say...

BBC Scotland video says Holy Communion ‘tastes like cardboard and smells like hate’...

The Bishop of Paisley has criticised BBC Scotland after a video said Holy Communion “tastes like cardboard and smells like hate”. The video was posted on the Facebook page of BBC The Social, a project aimed at young adults and managed by BBC Scotland, under the title “This is how homophobia feels in 2018”. At one point it depicts a priest holding a Mini Cheddar in a parody of the Host...

A day in the life of a Roman soldier (with an interesting mention of “Viaticum” at the 0:35 mark)...

Lesson by Robert Garland, animation by Brett Underhill.

This is the secret to raising strong daughters...

After we arrived back home from Mass on a recent Sunday, my eight-year-old daughter Mary Katherine asked me if I would play “Littlest Pet Shop” toys with her. I realized it had been a while since I had played with her, so when she asked, I didn’t need much convincing. I’ve been an admirer of “Littlest Pet Shop” toys since my oldest daughter...