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  • Is Halloween a Christian Holiday?

    Is Halloween a Christian Holiday?4

    Conventional wisdom holds that Halloween is essentially a secular and pagan holiday, the result of the Christian Church appropriating an ancient Celtic harvest festival. But one strain of critical opinion tends to the view that the holiday was thoroughly Christian from the start. In the church calendar, Halloween (All Hallows’ Eve) is the beginning of

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  • Christopher Robin and the Value of Doing Nothing

    Christopher Robin and the Value of Doing Nothing0

    “I remember one morning, all blue and silver, in the summer holidays when I reluctantly tore myself away from the task of doing nothing in particular.” —G.K. Chesterton, “A Piece of Chalk” Watching the new Disney movie Christopher Robin, I was amazed by its timeliness—and not just in the sense that it’s idyllic summer entertainment.

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  • Pascal on Why Living in the Present Is So Difficult (Yet so Important)

    Pascal on Why Living in the Present Is So Difficult (Yet so Important)0

    Philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) is most famous for “Pascal’s Wager,” the argument that human beings “bet” with their lives on the existence of God.  Yet Pascal’s celebrated book of philosophical musings Pensées (in which the Wager appears) is chock full of keen insights about the human condition—many as timely now as when they

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  • Celebrating New Year’s with The Twilight Zone

    Celebrating New Year’s with The Twilight Zone0

    For those of us who love vintage television shows, New Year’s means The Twilight Zone Marathon, a tradition of over 30 years’ standing which airs on the cable Syfy Channel. A classic fantasy/science fiction TV series created by Rod Serling (who also authored many of the scripts), The Twilight Zone is an enduring piece of

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