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

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

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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

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Vol.99.7: THE RETURN OF GODZWILLA

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©2013, UrbisMedia

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

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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

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

three nuns

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

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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

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Vol.97.2: Number One

Obama

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

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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

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Vol.96.6: Ave, Francisco

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Ignem Mittere in Terram

 

Like a rock (of ages) star, Pope Francis landed Washington today to rave previews. No question, this pope has charisma to spare after the last two duds, and Holy Mother

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Vol.96.5: God-Damned America

Whew! I actually wrote that. Where was the bolt of lightening? Actually, the great avenging deity might have understood that I wasn’t calling down his omnipotent wrath upon my country, but meant something

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