Essays & Images on Cities, Travel and Contemporary Culture. A web journal of James A. Clapp, Ph.D., an UrbisMedia Ltd. Production

Vol.106.7: CONFESSIONS OF A COLLEGIATE CHEATER

It has been nearly sixty years of carrying around the guilt of it.  Me, a (now emeritus) professor, an academic cheater, one who has committed the mortal sin of academe.  (You were already Read More

Vol.104.5: IT’S RESURRECTION TIME, AGAIN

As I write this there are Christian pilgrims in Jerusalem thronging the Via Dolorosa, some of them lugging wooden crosses as their Savior reputedly did long ago, reliving his “stations of the Read More

Vol.102.3: FELICITOUS SOLSTICE

 T’is the season for blessings and blasphemies.

That is my suggested “war on Xmas” replacement for “Merry Xmas, although it doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue. But it’s a more logical Read More

Vol.99.9: GIMME THAT OLD-TIME RELIGION

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“Conversion of St. Paul,” Caravaggio (1600).Basilica of St. Mary, Rome

 

The great foundational myth of Christianity, and the Roman Catholic Church, is that it was the project of Jesus Christ (and his Dad). In fact, Christ (who, we have already established was not known Read More

Vol.99.7: THE RETURN OF GODZWILLA

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President Obama pontificating at his appearance at Moore, Oklahoma tornado devastation site: “The Book of Isaiah says, ‘And a man shall be as a hiding place from the wind,’ . . . it reminds us Read More

Vol.98.8: THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS: VERIFIED   [a re-post of 80.6]

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There has been a lot of chatter the past few years about a “war on Christmas.” Most of us secular humanists have been blamed for it and have regarded this pseudo war as just another fiction Read More

Vol.98.2: THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH, Part 2

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The crucified Yeshua bar Yusef had no idea (unless, of course, he really was the resurrected son of God, in which case he would have known) that he would be “Hellenized” into Jesus Christ, Read More

Vol.98.1: The Greatest Show on Earth

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In a description I wrote of a character I created for my novel of coming of age Catholic, Stumbling Blocks & Stepping Stones, Nicola D’Annunzio, I characterized his sense Read More

Vol.97.2: Number One

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President Obama’s one on one interview with Steve Croft of 60 Minutes last night (October 11, 2015) was notable on a couple of counts (at least to me).It deals with Mr. Obama mealymouthing Read More

Vol.96.8: IN THE MIND OF FRANCIS: A CAPRICE

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By the time he had gotten to Philadelphia and presided over the smarmy testimonials and declarations by the likes of Mark Wahlberg and a variety of anonymous Catholic couples, I had had just about Read More

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