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For part one, click here

Here’s where I left you:

Ok — so it appears that the Yeti worldview is fear-based, and has the effect of making the world smaller.

Before we consider any comparison between this and the Judeo-Christian “thing,” we should keep in mind that the film sets the Stonekeeper’s doctrine against a parallel (though less explored) worldview — namely, that of contemporary Western society.

I would argue that the two bear greater similarity to each other than does either to the Judeo-Christian worldview.

This is important, because there is a temptation to make the modern perspective the standard against which the “small world” of the Yetis is measured.  But if we do this, we are acting out of step with the film itself — (more…)

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Did I get your attention?  Good — now I can clarify that I mean “hedonism” in the broadest sense of the search for happiness.

G._K._Chesterton_at_workI am reminded of comments from the great English essayist G.K. Chesterton, who had a lot to say about the joy of a life of thanks-giving in his biography of St. Francis of Assisi.

Basically, what he said was this: Most of us, to our own misery, go through life as creditors rather than as debtors.

Now why would going through life as a creditor make one miserable?  Well, think about it…here’s the attitude that goes with it:

  • A. I am owed something…even a lot of things;
    B. I am not being given these things, and therefore I am being cheated;
    C. I’ve got to ceaselessly hound the world to give me what it owes me, or else I must be unhappy.

We could probably stop right there.  But let’s look at the alternative of living the life of a debtor — that is, someone who has been given much, and cannot possibly repay anyone or anything for it.

Now, if this indebtedness is to a creature, then we could see this causing nervousness.  But if it is to the Creator, Who needs nothing and to Whose happiness we, as creatures, could never add, then how could we live except in pure joy?

Saint FrancisTo be a Christian is to be grateful — first and foremost for the gift of the Son of God and His vicarious sacrifice for our salvation, but also for all the gifts of God.

Indeed, God Himself is pure gift.  From all eternity, the Divine Life consists of the self-giving and generous interplay of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  The Father, from all eternity, gives Himself away in love to the Son.  The Son, from all eternity, gives Himself away to the Father in gratitude.  The Holy Spirit, from all eternity, is this very Love between the Father and the Son.

And God communicates this goodness to us through the gifts of life, creation, and providence.  The more we realize our reasons for gratitude, the deeper our relationship with God can become; the deeper the relationship, the greater the spiritual blessings we receive, and the more obliged we are to show gratitude…and the joyful cycle continues.

Happy Thanksgiving all.  Take care!

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Have a commitment tonight, so I present you with yet another Youtube video.

Another gem from “Theater of the Word,” this video dramatizes the philosophical differences between German nihilistic philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and English Christian apologist G.K. Chesterton.

NOTE: When Dale Ahlquist cites “Darwinism” here, he is not referring to the theory of evolution.  Catholicism has no problem with evolution — so long as we account it as part of the Divine Plan, not some random series of biological events.  What Ahlquist is talking about is a philosophy that arose from Darwin’s thoughts and subjugated religion, morals, and human dignity to a “survival of the fittest” outlook on life.

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Weekly Giveaway

Brandon Vogt, of http://www.brandonvogt.com, is offering four great items as part of his “Weekly Giveaway.”

For those of you who didn’t see my post a couple weeks ago (sorry I missed last week — got caught up in the “Wolves and Whales” post), Brandon has accumulated a large store of books and other resources over the years, and he gives away at least one item for free each week, no strings attached.

As I’ve said before, this is just in case anyone is interested.  If you’re Catholic, you will likely find these to be very helpful resources in your spiritual life.  If not, you might still find them inspiring, educational, and interesting — and free stuff never hurts!

Here’s more from Brandon’s blog:

I’m using Rafflecopter to help with the giveaway, which is cool because it gives you multiple entries for commenting, posting on Facebook, sharing on Twitter, etc.

The winner will be randomly selected next Friday and the giveaway item will be sent out, free of charge, shortly thereafter.

In the future I’ll be giving away more books and resources, sometimes multiple items per giveaway! So subscribe via feed reader or email to ensure you never miss your chance to win.

(Since I’m covering the shipping costs, only residents within the continental United States are eligible to win.)

The four items being given away are as follows:

“The Complete Thinker: The Marvelous Mind of G.K. Chesterton,” by Dale Ahlquist

Chesterton
“The Seven Big Myths About the Catholic Church: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction about Catholicism,” by Dr. Christopher Kaczor

Seven Big Myths

“Advent at Ephesus” (CD), by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles

Advent at EphesusGoBible Traveler Catholic Edition

GoBible

For more information and to enter to win, copy and paste this link: http://www.brandonvogt.com/giveaway-1207

Top image from http://www.brandonvogt.com; the remaining images are from http://www.amazon.com.

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