Break Time

I’ve been shifting house recently, and Masters is starting to get more hectic – I think the blog belongs to those times when I’m not doing something serious.

I imagine I’ll be back in July next year.

The Shackrifice

So a few weeks back I wrote a piece about this article on The Shack which I thought was dumb, and I spent like 4,000 words bagging it. I’d like to spend a bit more time talking about The Shack today – but not attacking this person or that person. Instead, I’d like to look at a particular part of the book and distinguish between a few different levels of meaning. Depending on which level you’re looking at, the scene is going to make more or less sense from a theological perspective.  (more…)

Aquinas: Does God Will Evil?

We’re still working towards the idea of predestination, having previously covered God’s freedom to act, God’s knowledge of sin, and the necessity of the things willed by God. Today, we’re looking at 1a.19.9, where Aquinas just straight-up asks the question: does God will evil? I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this previously, but it’s worth going to read these sections in your own time. I use this website as a reference point, but it’s not the version I’m reading – my university has the Summa spread across a shelf and a half, uh, and I’m gonna read it all, because fuck you I guess.  (more…)

Assassin’s Creed IV: Nea So Copros

I should start by saying that I love Assassin’s Creed IV. I don’t love it because it’s got a cohesive narrative, I love it because it’s really fucking fun. It’s a fun game. That said, the narrative is a hot mess, and there’s a bunch of really dumb decisions they make. Ubisoft, huh. We’re gonna talk about some of those decisions.  (more…)

Aquinas: Do We Get a Choice?

And it’s time for another Aquinas trap. Do we have free will? God’s will is supreme, and His will is done – so where’s our choice in all this? Aquinas phrases it slightly differently: “Does God’s will impose necessity on things?” Remember that Aquinas distinguishes between wishing and willing – so God wishes that everybody would be saved, but maybe He leaves it up to them as to whether they find salvation? (Spoilers: lol no.) This is 1a.19.8. (more…)