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Humanities

What the novelist David Foster Wallace had to teach us about making every day holy

The secular writer's insights bordered on Catholic sacramental imagination.

Art matters: If John the Baptist “decreases,” why is Jesus so small?

A look at Ottavio Vannini's painting, "The Pointer," a work of art that decorates the Church of San Gaetano in Florence.

A closer look at “The Adoration of the Magi” by Gentile da Fabriano

Flooded with details, the painting boasts of a rich narrative.

A closer look at “The Procession of the Magi” by Benozzo Gozzoli

Immortality is what mortals often seek. Benozzo Gozzoli’s "Procession of the Magi" gave the Medici exactly that.

The synthetic and contemplative mind of Hans Urs von Balthasar

The human creature lives ec-statically, meaning always beyond itself, in a world that gives itself in infinite shapes, colors and sounds.

A closer look at “The Visitation” by Piero di Cosimo

One of the most intriguing artists of Italian Renaissance, Piero di Cosimo (1462 – 1522) was known for the "strangeness of his brain."

Charles Dickens’ punch recipe for the holidays

This is not the “spirit” of Christmas past.

Artificial intelligence thinks it can detect if you’re telling the truth

Universities and companies are perfecting artificial intelligence and augmented reality systems to reliably discover when someone is lying.

Christianity: A Faithful Representation of Life, according to C.S. Lewis

"Reality, in fact, is usually something you could not have guessed. That is one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed."

Blaise Pascal, a faithful skeptic

Pascal's wager, simply (and reasonably) explained.