Daily Archives: April 16, 2011

More Library Video Games

There’s a video game of The Great Gatsby. Alas, it’s a hidden object game and not a first person shooter. (Everyone in that novel needs to die, from the narrator on down. Gotta be done.)

There’s a UK videogame of Lost Horizon that came out in 2010, though I haven’t seen it. You can download the demo still, at various fine purveyors of games. This is one of those “Nazis are invading Tibet” sequel situations. Looks pretty, though.

BTW, a lot of said videogame purveyors, from Amazon on down, have sales running right now.

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Mwahaha! Catholic Blogosphere Does a Road Trip

150 lucky, crazy bloggers with passports have been invited to Rome for an official conference with the Pontifical Council for Social Communications at the beginning of May. In a totally subjective but apparently effective process, they narrowed it down from the 750 applications they got, trying to pick a nice variety of folks. (And wow, if I’d known the odds were about 1 in 7, I’d have submitted a few people whom I suspect have passports. The Catholic blogosphere is apparently a humble and/or poor and/or undervacationed bunch.)

Anyway, it appears that the Crescat is indeed finally going to get to go to Rome, which shows that Icelandic volcanoes erupt in mysterious ways — or as Sayers put it in The Nine Tailors, that Providence looks out for our little harmless pleasures as well as our serious necessities.

There’s also going to be a blognic (blogger/reader picnic/party/meeting) in Rome for anybody who happens to be hanging around, which is being run by Hilary White. So anybody who’s vacationing or pilgrimage-ing in Rome, there you go.

Let’s pray for all the lucky bloggers, at the meeting or otherwise, that they have a good and fruitful trip to Rome!

For those staying home, a list of discussion points for the bishops’ upcoming synod on the New Evangelization. Check it out!

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More Beatus Quotes

“I do not hear how he may sing along with me, but I hear how he would live. Works talk; why do we demand words? What evil person doesn’t try to talk well?”

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“Fifty Always Refers to Penance.”

Another quotable quote from Beatus’ sources.

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Odysseus as Type of the “Man of Sorrow”?

Okay, I can truly say this interpretation is totally new to me. (Lack of a blogosphere back when this came out.)

I finally saw the Odyssey episode of Clash of the Gods (a short History Channel series about various important legends of Western civilization and their various mythical underpinnings — Michael Drout and a lot of other good academics were in it, and they did eps on Beowulf and Lord of the Rings and such). They included a brief segment on how some people argue that the Gospel of Mark brings out parallels (for the Greek readership, anyway) between Odysseus and Christ.

Here’s what I remember:

Odysseus was also a wanderer and knew carpentry and sailing. Odysseus’ name meant “man of pain” or “man of sorrow”, and was an example of warrior endurance and perseverance (as well as cleverness, of course) to the Greeks. When everybody else sinned by eating Helios’ sacred cattle, Odysseus was the one man who didn’t sin and was spared. Odysseus’ story climaxes when he comes home and reclaims his bride in the middle of a solar eclipse, so different-looking that his own people don’t know him. And of course, his journey included a trip down to Hades where he talked to the dead and gave them blood.

I’ve never seen this particular parallel drawn before, but I gotta say I find it very likeable and plausible! Apparently the (current) advocate is a guy named Dennis McDonald, and his book came out ten years back. It apparently also brings out other cases of “emulatio” and types/antitypes in pagan and Christian literature, which sounds like a lot of fun.

The amusing bit is that, while the (old) atheist sites don’t think that Homer refuted Virgil, they do think that Homer would thus refute the Gospels. (They don’t think about the fact that this MacDonald guy went to BOB JONES UNIVERSITY, not exactly the promised land of atheism.) I guess this means that any history book modeled after any ancient historian would have to be totally lies and plagiarism, and that Shakespeare couldn’t write because he made references to other writers. Heh! I guess these guys had forgotten this theory by now and gone back to plugging Mithra, until a few of them watched this show. (Search engine trends make this pretty clear. Heh.)

Others take it the opposite way — that Mark was attempting a hostile takeover of Homer. This seems equally silly, because a Christian Jew who hated all pagan literature wouldn’t have spent all his time making references to it!

This is more likely a case of taking the willingly-given spoils from the Egyptians and making adornments for the Tabernacle, so to speak. For the non-religious, it shows that the later Bible writers (like the writer of 2nd Maccabees) weren’t afraid to write Jewish and Christian sacred literature in the context of their culture, just as books like Esther and Exodus, Job and Proverbs, included other cultural and literary considerations besides just Jewish ones. All peoples were made by God and will eventually come to know and serve Him; so there’s no reason to leave them out, even in a strictly Jewish context. With the evangelistic imperative given to His followers by Jesus, there’s even more reason to include other cultures in.

So there’s one for my reader who’s a big fan of Sean Bean, when she watches him in the movie Troy. :) And of course, it applies to the modern Odyssey film O Brother, Where Art Thou, though that Odysseus was pretty much all trickster and no Christ.

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