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A Catholic Reader · 9M ago

Noah in Perspective

In the previous installment in this series on the Great Flood in the literary tradition, we saw that the Biblical flood story, unlike its analogs in pagan literature, emphasizes the God who ...
A Catholic Reader · 9M ago

The Great Flood in Literature: Joe Blow reads Genesis

When I started this reading exercise that I call “adventures in comparative mythology,” nearly two years ago, I said that one of the things I hoped to achieve was to get readers to be able t...
A Catholic Reader · 12M ago

The Great Flood in Literature: Wrestling with Proteus

There is a figure in Greek mythology called Proteus, a minor sea god with two remarkable powers: shape-shifting and oracular utterance. To get the truth out of him, however, one must first c...
A Catholic Reader · 12M ago

Put on the Armor of Light, on St. Patrick’s Day and every day

Illustration from Slate.com As this article from Slate acknowledges, very few concrete facts about Ireland’s patron saint have survived. Much that we think we know is merely legend. Keeping ...
A Catholic Reader · 12M ago

Ovid’s Metamorphoses: Change is the only constant

I left the discussion of Ovid’s Metamorphoses by saying (as I often do) that, in literature, context is everything. We can’t really grasp the significance of Ovid’s version of the Great Floo...
A Catholic Reader · 12M ago

Rerum Novarum, §1-11: A natural law defense of private ownership

As I start looking at Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo XIII’s famous 1891 encyclical, I’ll first summarize/paraphrase what the encyclical says, paragraph by paragraph, then analyze the way Pope Leo p...
A Catholic Reader · 12M ago

Homer’s Tardis: Literature is the best kind of time machine

One of my favorite kinds of speculative fiction is the time travel tale, not the H. G. Wells sort of thing that takes you into a distant, purely speculative future, but the kind that takes a...
A Catholic Reader · 12M ago

Rerum Novarum in context

Pope Leo XIII wrote his encyclical Rerum Novarum at the end of the nineteenth century. The previous hundred years had seen a huge upheaval in the way people in the Western world lived and th...
A Catholic Reader · 12M ago

Want a better world? Read Rerum Novarum

Remember the Year of Faith decreed by Pope Benedict XVI? It began in October 2012, coinciding with the height of the political season here in the United States, as we prepared for national e...
A Catholic Reader · 12M ago

Freedom: We love it, but what is it?

Liberty has long been the emblem of our country, but do we even understand what true freedom is? Today is July 4, when we commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and all t...