Monthly Archives: April 2014

A Good Question?

A thought occurred to me this evening as I was studying the Annunciation (that would be the Annunciation of the Incarnation). I don’t know if it is a good question. Here is the relevant material.

1. CCC 485:   The mission of the Holy Spirit is always conjoined and ordered to that of the Son.122 The Holy Spirit, “the Lord, the giver of Life”, is sent to sanctify the womb of the Virgin Mary and divinely fecundate it, causing her to conceive the eternal Son of the Father in a humanity drawn from her own.

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2. Matthew 1:1-17  1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham: 2 Abraham begot Isaac. And Isaac begot Jacob. And Jacob begot [and so on with the begets – second question, has anyone ever read through the beget sequences of the Bible?]

Here is the question. A woman provides the egg, the man the sperm. Of course, the CCC says “divinely fecundate” so we can assume sperm wasn’t literally used. But the point is it certainly leaves Joseph off the table as contributor. Why then, have a genealogy for Christ on the male side? Would it not make more sense, if one were to have a genealogy at all, to have Mary’s ancestry here instead?

I haven’t really delved into any obscure Christology, but I guess an argument could be constructed as follows. The Holy Spirit, in fecundating Mary, divinely provided (at least some) DNA from Joseph’s lineage.

Otherwise I see no reason for the lineage of Joseph if he had no part of himself in Jesus. Or, I suppose, as an adopted son could be interested in the genealogy of his adopted family, so too could this be thought as.

The last stage of the begets ends differently than all the preceding ones.

16 And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

It seems to me it can be considered a genealogy of the adoptive father.


New John C. Wright Book!! …and then some more rambling on Lafferty

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I would have posted this several days ago, but I was in the middle of moving. New John C. Wright book out! It is a Kindle download, 313 pages (Kindle estimate of print equivalent) and $4.99 – which I consider a steal.

Because of my moving this week I have not had time to either download yet alone read it yet (and I have to finish Lafferty’s PAST MASTER which has been slow going because… you guessed it –  that great fun we call moving!). It consists of 4 novellas taking place in the dark fantasy world of William Hope Hodgson’s 1912 dark fantasy THE NIGHT LAND.

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Sadly I have not read that either. But I did read one of Wright’s novellas that comprises this volume, SILENCE OF THE NIGHT, a few years back and it was excellent. Dark, morose, and hopelessly depressing, but done really well. At least that is the way I remember it, I have changed much of my philosophy since then, but the excellent part I remember well. Can’t wait to have the whole collection.

Now go download it so this man can get rich writing, quit his day job, and spend all day writing me more stories! Do it now!

I, as usual, have a plate of reading that is spilling over. On the way as I speak is R.A. Lafferty’s Continue reading


The Best Show You are Missing

Is Continuum on the SciFi channel (I still refuse to call it the SyFy channel). Unless, that is, you are watching it, then it would follow you are not missing it. It is a time-travel television series. At this point that would be enough selling for me – I LOVE time-travel stories. They are, however, rarely done well, or they are merely excessively sentimental love stories with the time-travel merely a device to showcase a romantic “what if they never kissed?” motif.

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I will not spend all the time recapping the entire show. That can be found already done in plenty of places on the web. But I will do a little. Season One centered on a future cop getting accidentally sent back in time with a group of terrorists to our time. The cop, Kiera, positions herself within the Vancouver police force to help fight these terrorists as they proceed to rain havoc upon the city with their violence and anti-corporate rhetoric.

Kiera’s main drive is to Continue reading


Adventures in Editing

I got the chance last month to participate in some actual editing. An author I know was preparing a collection of essays for publication and solicited readers of his blog for help with editing. I have never edited anything but my own work (although if you work with me, I have edited at least a sentence of yours as it is a compulsion) and have always enjoyed the process.

Each of us was given access to an online file sharing site where the raw first draft lay. Now I have always had my own way of doing things and I guess it is rather behind the times. I write on a word processor (the excellent Scrivener) but I print out a draft and edit it longhand. I do so for the same reason that I dislike mind-mapping software – doing it on the computer lacks speed and spontaneity.

The process was to be to download an rtf copy of the manuscript into Word and keep corrections visible through Track Changes and their add comments feature.

I do not own Word being a Mac user and not of favorable opinion on most things MS. I quickly found that Continue reading


Comicon

The wife and I decided to check out the Seattle Comicon this year; we had never been to one before. Man, those things are POPULAR. We got there about 20 minutes after it started on Saturday. We enjoyed about a half an hour before the place was swarmed and packed beyond capacity.

I found a comic centered on a pug. I have always had a great fondness for pugs and have one that owns my heart. The author knows his pugs, the book was hilarious. It took me some time to find an actual comic/graphic novel. I’m not that much into comics, but I like to find something once in a while that stands out. It has to look unique and have a standout plot. Norwescon is a lot easier, I have one seller I go to for my yearly Lafferty.

We got to see Serenity on the big screen on Friday night as it was sort a part of the whole Comicon weekend (although it was $25 a ticket for the movie). That was über-cool. It was preceded by a 45 minute Q&A with Alan Tudyk (Firefly fans know the name). He was highly entertaining. It is very enjoyable to be in a theater with mutual fans of a film who are all on the side of the hero(es), cheer at all the right times. It is like a marriage of fiction and home sports.

 

I wish I could say I’m going back next year, but the venue for the Con (Seattle Convention Center) is entirely too small. That and it costs an arm and a leg to spend a weekend in Seattle – those assholes have a tax on EVERYTHING you can imagine. And there is absolutely no place to walk a dog that is also not being pissed on by some tramp.