Tag: Nathaniel Hawthorne

More Illogical Doctrine

Well, I’ve come to the part in Symbolism where Johann Adam Möhler deals with John Calvin’s doctrine of predestination. Yikes! Are you ready for this? Calvin lays down the following notion of predestination: “We call predestination that eternal decree of God, whereby He hath determined what the fate of every man should be. For not to the same destiny are…

Ahab’s Personification of Human Depravity

A few months before I decided to reread Moby-Dick, I happened upon a piece written by Donald DiMarco called “Calvinist America and the Catholic Contribution to Culture.” It sort of blew me away. I have no recollection of discussing, in my college course “Major American Writers I,” Herman Melville’s masterpiece in terms of it being a screed against the tenets…

On Writing

The spiteful, petty side of me wants nothing more to do with Flannery O’Connor. As I’ve intimated in the past, there seems to be a whole lot of Catholic writers who think she’s the be-all, end-all (even though some have admitted to actually not liking her work). These folks have apparently decided that Flannery is the king of the hill…