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Animal Mask and Friendship

My post on Tuesday about friendship had several muses. One of them was this song, “Animal Mask,” from the new Mountain Goats album, Beat the Champ. In concerts John Darnielle has said that it’s about a battle royal–and about the labor and delivery room. Maybe that explains it. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a […]

Gandolfi, Joseph's Dream

Divine Guidance

Reading through the opening chapters of Matthew’s Gospel this morning, I was struck afresh by the overwhelming amount of angelic intervention. An angel tells Joseph what’s up with Mary’s pregnancy and not to leave her high and dry. The magi are warned in a dream not to return to Herod An angel warns Joseph in […]

Ganymede Waters Zeus as an Eagle by Bertel Thorvaldsen

Pederasty in Rome

A few weeks ago, City Church in San Francisco announced its decision to become a “third way” church with respect to the issue of homosexual practice: a church where there could be divergence of opinion and practice (life-long abstaining or life-long commitment to a single partner), but where all would be treated as equal members […]