Ulva off Mull

Turning with a gristle snarlto a world of charcoal totems,barely holding against a sneeze,leaves one unfated Praying to understandthose crashing words and sung notesthat once lapped the craggy shores,now littering some isle in memory. Descendants, dumb and despondent:the voice of an ancestor brings 'emwhat warning or blessing but a shrug,Ar dheis Dhé go raibh a … Continue reading Ulva off Mull

Realism and Revelation: Dostoevsky’s Demons as Prophecy

When someone is honestly 55% right, that's very good and there's no use wrangling. And if someone is 6o% right, it's wonderful, it's great luck, and let him thank God. But what’s to be said about 75% right? Wise people say this is suspicious. Well, and what about 100% right? Whoever says he's 100% right … Continue reading Realism and Revelation: Dostoevsky’s Demons as Prophecy


The inconclusiveness of theodicies, whether religious or secular, is necessary to allow the possibility of redemption. When sin becomes totally explicable it becomes totally unforgivable. This is the tyranny of absolute rationality, in which redemption is impossible and apology merely an admission of guilt.