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Journeying Through the Inferno: Canto 3

by John Stamps Today we stand with Dante and Virgil in front of the gates of Hell. We hear the horrible shrieks, cries, and groans coming from “the bad seed of Adam.” If you know anything at all about Dante, … Continue reading

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Journeying Through the Inferno: Canto 2

by John Stamps “I understand from your words and the look in your eyes,” That shadow of magnificence answered me, “your soul is sunken in that cowardice That bears down many men, turning their course And resolution by imagined perils, … Continue reading

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Journeying Through the Inferno: Canto 1

by John Stamps Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark, For the straightforward pathway had been lost . . . I cannot well repeat how there I entered, So full was I of … Continue reading

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American gods, American idols

by John Stamps “My little children, guard yourselves from idols.” (1 John 5:21) The US is not and never has been secular. We are awash with gods. Gods and goddesses surround us. The whole universe is filled with deities. We … Continue reading

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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: The Return of the King

by John Stamps Imagine you’re Bergil, a 10 year old boy living in the city of Minas Tirith in the Kingdom of Gondor in Middle Earth. Minas Tirith has lost its sheen and splendor. The Golden Age is long gone. … Continue reading

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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: Can you smell that smell?

by John Stamps My favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd song is “Sweet Home Alabama.” But the Lynyrd Skynyrd song that haunts me every time I hear it is “That Smell.” It’s creepy, it’s morbid, it’s blunt, and every note and word are … Continue reading

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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: Four or five pretty good reasons why Jesus isn’t a space alien or astronaut

by John Stamps C.S. Lewis encouraged us to read old books in his famous introduction to St Athanasius’ On the Incarnation. In the best of all possible worlds, he prescribed that, after you have finished reading a new book, you … Continue reading

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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: What if God was one of us?

by John Stamps You can’t be too safe or too careful with Safeway Muzak. You never know what songs they’re going to play when you least expect it. I was minding my own business shopping for salsa when “What if … Continue reading

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