March 2008

SDG here with a Yankee cap tip to Mark Shea for pointing out Sherry Weddell’s in-depth blog post on a recent study of why Muslims convert to Christianity — a timely subject with Magdi Allam’s Easter Vigil baptism by Benedict XVI. I’ll give the summary of the reasons below from the last link above at […]

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As always, the rumor of God’s demise is a tad premature. The journalist (and I use the term only in the driest academic sense) of this piece is all a-twitter because an upcoming experiment might provide evidence of a particle that might lead to more experiments that might one day lead to a Great and […]

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SDG here with a real Mystery Photo culled from the Internet. Who is pretty obvious, and When, judging from the directory path, is recent. Anyone have any insight into Where and What? A few penetratingly insightful observations: Wherever B-16 is sitting, it’s a darn huge space with a darn huge, um, wood or metal thing. […]

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SDG here, at the beginning of my 17th year as a Catholic, with some thoughts in response to a combox post from a reader calling himself John: My wife and kids and I joined the Catholic Church last Easter, went to mass fairly reliably for the first number of months, then less consistently over the […]

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SDG here with sad news: Paul Scofield, who brilliantly portrayed St. Thomas More in Fred Zinneman’s A Man for All Seasons, has died. Scofield originated the role of Robert Bolt’s stage play, adapted by Bolt himself for the screen. He knew the role intimately, and his performance is magnificently layered and sensitive. Primarily a stage […]

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An Important Question

by Jimmy Akin

in Law

A while back I was watching the 1970s version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and there’s a moment where the four heroes are holed up in Donald Sutherland’s San Francisco apartment/house/whatever, and they’re surrounded by pod people, and they can’t phone for help because the pods control the phone system, and they can’t stay […]

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A Voice Of Sanity?

by Jimmy Akin

in Abortion

Despite the current UK government’s seeming desire to plunge headlong into as much babykilling as possible, there are a couple of interesting developments on the pro-life front in Britain at the moment. First, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has reversed its earlier stance (PDF warning) that abortion’s mental health risks to the mother were outweighed […]

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SDG here with my new Seussian review of Horton Hears a Who (opening today). My habit of reviewing Dr. Seuss adaptations in Seussian anapestic tetrameter began eight years ago with the Jim Carrey How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which I felt deserved to be trashed, if not in the good Doctor’s own voice, at least […]

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Speculation

by Jimmy Akin

in Economics

A number of years ago the comic book industry was severely hurt by a wave of speculative buying in which investors started buying lots of comic books on the idea that they were certain to increase in value. The Death of Superman event was one of the things driving this speculation. But eventually the comic […]

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The current political season has had a good bit of discussion of health insurance and whether everyone should have it and, if so, how that should be accomplished. But what kind of health insurance are we talking about? There is a point at which insurance covers so much that it ceases, for practical purposes, to […]

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