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Okay…let me open with Jack London, who made the following remarks in describing “the Wild” in winter: (more…)

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For part one, click here.

From the observations I made (more…)

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This is an updated version of an article I posted four years ago, in the midst of an El Niño December.  Mother Nature has decidedly “cooled off” this year, but I doubt whether the debate over Santa Claus has followed suit.

Let’s get right to it: Can Christians claim Santa as their own, as being (more…)

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When assaulted by any vice, we must embrace the practice of the contrary virtue, and refer all the others to it, by which means we shall overcome our enemy, and at the same time advance in all the virtues. (. . .) For as the wild boar, to sharpen his tusks, whets and polishes them with his other teeth, and by this means sharpens all at the same time, so a virtuous man, having undertaken to perfect himself in the virtue of which he stands most in need for his defence, files and polishes it by the exercise of the other virtues, which whilst they help to sharpen that one, make all of them become more excellent and better polished.

– St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life

Acknowledgement

By Francisco Bayeu y Subías – [3], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50771068

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NOTE: Video embedded for aesthetic purposes only

If you didn’t read part one, that’s fine — so long as you keep the following in mind:

I believe that what we see in [Game of Thrones] (…) is a sort of quasi “first principle” on which much else is made to rest.

Broadly, this is the movement — construed as progress — from the sacred to the secular, from religion to reason, from other-worldly to this-worldly concerns.

Let’s take a look at G.O.T.’s exact trajectory vis-a-vis religion, history, and the secular.

First, we have the Long Night. (more…)

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Okay — so in part one we made a comparison between Game of Thrones‘ Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish and the wife from the Brothers Grimm’s “The Fisherman and His Wife.”

Whichever character you’re looking at, the trajectory is essentially the same. (more…)

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