Links

  • A blog post about when Wittgenstein left his professorship to work at a hospital pharmacy. More information is available in chapter 21 of Ray Monk’s biography. Here is one page from that chapter.
  • Here is an entertaining lecture by William Dunham about Leonhard Euler. If you can’t watch the whole hour, at the very least watch the genius proof shown from 32:31 onward.
  • Carlo Rovelli considers the accuracy of Aristotle’s physics. Valuable because its conclusion is so contrary to what is commonly believed: “Aristotelian physics lasted long not because it became dogma, but because it is a very good empirically grounded theory.”
  • At Commonweal, David Bentley Hart has written an article called Christ’s Rabble, about how the New Testament views wealth. It’s nice to hear that he’s finally done his NT translation.
  • A captivating article by John Stamps over at Fr. Aidan’s blog, about finding the ‘original’ Jesus. My favorite part is when he points out how, during a time of deistic anti-miracle rhetoric, the Jansenists were able to work miracles in Paris, the center of the Enlightenment (almost as if God was being cheeky about the whole thing). And near the end you can find a good summary of the whole article: “If we eschew the distractions of a theoretical pursuit of a historical Jesus, we’d see faith in the living Lord was never a matter of poring over learned tomes in a divinity school library. Whether in 1st century Corinth, 11th century Byzantium, 18th century Germany, or 21st century San Jose, we always encounter the living Jesus in very specific ways—catechesis, prayer, Eucharist, almsgiving, proclamation, obedience, Bible study, the experience of active love, just to name a few.”
  • An interview with Met. Hilarion (h/t Laudator Temporis Acti). Very interesting to know that as a teen he became a fan of Federico García Lorca.

  • A Divine Liturgy in sign language, with a quote from Patriarch Kirill about not excluding those with disabilities from the Church.
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