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Day: December 5, 2016
Why is Christianity obsessed with sexuality?
The cumulative effect of the following: Patriarchy, and its concern to control fertility and access to fertile women as tribal commodities. The concern of archaic Judaism to associate fertility with religious identity (circumcision). The dismissal of bodily desire as more base than spiritual pursuits, to be regulated (already present in both Judaism and several strands […]
Who were the least saintly saints?
Cyril of Alexandria. Patriarch of Alexandria. Doctor of the Church. Founder of Mariology, and formulator of the concept of the Mother of God. Establisher of Miaphysitism, the distinct belief of the Oriental Orthodox Church; yet his formulation was also foundational to the Chalcedonian Christianity of the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Church. Even if you don’t […]
What is your very first memory?
Originally Answered: What is your first memory? I remember remembering my earliest memory. I don’t remember it, but I remember remembering it. I remember remembering being photographed, and thinking how tight my pants were. The photo is with my sister, and I must have been 3 or 4. It’s at my parents’; I should get […]
What is the biggest atrocity you have seen committed against books?
Yeah, when I was an undergrad, someone did a conceptual art thingy, involving nailing books into the lawn. And students had the kind of anguish that McKayla Kennedy spoke of in her Pinterest answer. And rescued the books; I got a Ulysses out of it. The books were going to be pulped by the publishers […]
If your country had a slogan what it would be?
My country (Australia) already has a slogan. The Lucky Country. The popular understanding, within and outside Australia, is that Australia being lucky (having lots of resources, affluent, stable) is a good thing. The original book, which everyone in this country should read (and which is still relevant 50 years on), argued that this was a […]