There is no moment of completion, in this life, when all of the moments of terror, boredom, worry, and ecstasy merge on a plateau on which the balance of our lives will be lived . . . we should be resigned that it will continue to be a mix of fear and contentment.

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Albert Norton, Jr. is an essayist and novelist, who blogs on issues of culture and philosophy as it affects religion. His first novel was Another Like Me (eLectio Publishing 2015). This is a book of adventure, but it is also a book about man’s consciousness; that of each person to the other, and about the Consciousness that surrounds us all. It is about war and peace and the truth of what we are without God, and with Him. His second novel is Rough Water Baptism (eLectio Publishing 2017), about the difficult re-enchantment of the world for one young woman who has all the material advantages one could hope for, but who begins adulthood in a spiritual desert.

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            I stumbled on an excellent article nominally about Daniel Dafoe’s 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe but really about the Enlightenment debates about the supernatural; how we reconcile the two ways of knowing. Crusoe at the Crossroads/On Robinson Crusoe, Lost, and why we keep returning to mysterious islands where science blurs with the supernatural. It’s at […]


Here are a few themes of Blood Meridian, subtitled The Evening Redness in the West, by Cormac McCarthy. The character Holden, called “the judge” is Mephistophelean, and at the end is revealed as the devil himself. His chief attribute is that he is the accuser, as with the preacher at the beginning, the expriest Tobin […]


What do you think of this? In an article in the Wall Street Journal a couple of weeks ago, Princeton Neuroscience professor Michael S.A. Graziano asserts “the day is coming when we will be able to scan our entire consciousness into a computer . . . .” The title of the piece asks rhetorically “will […]