Why Star-Lord isn’t the Secret Villain of Infinity War

As published by Inqua Magazine.

Avengers: Infinity War has been out a full week at this point. Lots and lots has already been written about the many twists and turns the Russo brothers threw at us. One of those twists, in particular, has been pretty polarizing and is the reason why I’m writing this today. If you haven’t seen Infinity War yet, tread carefully because there will be big spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Why Star-Lord isn’t the Secret Villain of Infinity War”

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Finding Renewed Meaning in the Sacrament through the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics

As published on MormonHub

Put simply, the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics states that ordered things move towards disorder—entropy. Hot things grow cool. Yarn frays. Clean rooms get dirty. This tendency of all things to fall into disorder can be frustrating, saddening, and heartbreaking. But the magic inherent in this universe is that this entropy can be gamed and taken advantage of to create fabulous complexities. This curious feature that comes baked into the universe I see as a Divine Signature—a creative flair. Our most important ordinance, the Sacrament, is entropy in action. Continue reading “Finding Renewed Meaning in the Sacrament through the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics”

The Wild God: The Lion, the Artificial Intelligence, and the Divine Consciousness

In my opinion, two of the finest lines ever put into print are the words of a character who is only referred to as Mr. Beaver. These two lines find their origin in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. The first comes in the beginning just after the Pevensie children have found their way through the Wardrobe into Narnia. They come to Mr. and Mrs. Beaver’s dam and in the midst of a lesson on Narnia, the Beavers tell them about Aslan, the Great Lion. This isn’t the first time they’ve heard Aslan’s name but it is the first time they hear that he’s a lion. Susan, surprised by this revelation says, “Ooh, I’d thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.” To which Mr. Beaver replies, “Safe? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he is good….” (75-76). Continue reading “The Wild God: The Lion, the Artificial Intelligence, and the Divine Consciousness”

Reality into Myth: Of Bats, Foxes, and Bandidos

If I were to tell you that a Mexican Bandido named Tiburcio Vasquez, born in 1835, stands as the inspiration behind one of the most popular modern-day superheroes of all time, you probably wouldn’t believe me. And you’ll believe me even less when I tell you that the superhero in question is Batman. I know, I know, the caped crusader is a white, upper-class, American male who gallivants around in a bat costume throwing down vigilante justice on Gotham’s grimy underworld– there is nothing Latin American about that. But something very few people know about our less-than-friendly neighborhood Batman is who inspired him to done a black cape and mask: Zorro. That fateful night in young Bruce Wayne’s life when he lost his parents, the family had just walked out of a screening for The Mark of Zorro. Now imagine Batman standing on a rooftop, silhouetted against a flash of lightning; see the pointed ears, the cape flowing in the the wind, the piercing eyes ever watchful. Now see Zorro standing on a rooftop silhouetted against the open blue sky; iconic hat, black billowing cape, with the same eyes peering from behind a mask. The resemblance is certainly eerie. Continue reading “Reality into Myth: Of Bats, Foxes, and Bandidos”

To Infinity and Beyond: What The Final Frontier Taught Us About The First Frontier

I was having a conversation with a friend one night and the subject of space flight came up, particularly its importance and what kind of impact it’s had on the world and the environment. I had to pause. My knee jerk reaction to this question was the obviously NASA and space flight is massively important to the Earth and the human psyche. But when pressed for the why I didn’t have much of an answer. I knew that space flight had created national heroes and had inspired kids everywhere to want to be astronauts when they grew up, but how far that impact actually stretched? I had no idea. Obviously how important you think space flight is is subjective and can only be decided after you look at the impact space flight has had. So as I began to read and look for answers, I discovered that NASA and spaceflight has had three major impacts, at least by my count: economical, technological, and environmental. Each one telescopes and kaskade’s in the others. And it is in these three areas that we find how NASA almost single handedly shaped the future. Continue reading “To Infinity and Beyond: What The Final Frontier Taught Us About The First Frontier”

Lila: A Meditation on Imagination, Empathy, Community,and Grace

The back cover synopsis of an ignited romance between a homeless woman and a preacher in a small Iowa town set my expectation for Marilynne Robinson’s Lila on a different path than what my experience of reading the book actually was. What I had guessed to be a story about star-crossed lovers something more akin to a Nicholas Sparks novel turned out to be a deep meditation on imaginative identification, pity, and compassion. No sooner did I read the first page than I was placed right next to a cold frightened little girl on a stoop in the dark of night who is stolen away by an equally lonely vagrant girl named Doll. And from that cold doorstep, me and the child who becomes Lila, were swept away into a life of a wandering nomad and unexpectedly becoming a preacher’s wife. The magic of imagination was at work as I somehow identified strongly with Lila– a fictional character. And this is precisely what I hope to tackle in this paper. Lila has lived a hard life, and as the novel progresses, she continually reflects on her past– it’s always disturbing her. And by proxy, I the reader, am always reflected and being disturbed by it in the same way she is. This kind of shared experience can only be had in fiction and sometimes, as it was with me, the proximity can almost feel a little uncomfortable simply because there is no equivalent for the experience outside of the written word. Continue reading “Lila: A Meditation on Imagination, Empathy, Community,and Grace”

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