• Why do I attend the Byzantine Divine Liturgy

    Jesmond Schembri

    I would like to share with you some reflections about why I have been attending regularly for the Byzantine Divine Liturgy for these past months. My intention is not to compare this particular liturgy to any other rite but to highlight those aspects in the Byzantine liturgy which I came ...

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  • Present amid the obstacles

    Pietre Vive Malta

    Shady alleyways, dire straits, and despair. The latter state is shown through Caravaggio’s ‘Madonna of the Rosary’ where some of the potential obstacles in one’s path of life are manifest. Albeit being found in Vienna, this work was originally intended for St Dominic’s Church in Naples. The often disregarded bleak ...

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  • When Santa meets Scrooge

    Jean Claude Attard

    Both Santa Claus and Ebenezer Scrooge seem to be ever more characteristic of our times. Santa is bubbly, he prizes the conformists, and he is overtly commercial. Scrooge, on the other hand, is lonely, he celebrates himself, and he is utterly boring. Think about gatherings. We seldom give each other ...

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  • Human 1.5

    Matthew Pulis

    Lovheim and Linderman speak of the easiness of noting how such shaping of people’s identity and particularly the digital natives is taking place.[1] Prensky goes further. He speaks of all people finding “digital Wisdom” together. The homo sapiens becomes the homo sapiens digital, who searches for wisdom through the digital. ...

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  • Sharing files and sharing lives

    Matthew Pulis

    When speaking of sharing, Spadaro uses the Web 2.0 model. He speaks of the risk of falling into a sort of ideology of the Web. From this model sprouts the reflection of Cybertheology. George gathered four definitions of this term: (i) a theology of the meanings of social communication; (ii) ...

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  • It-Taqbil tat-Tfal

    Għaqda tal-Malti Università

    X’inhi taqbila? F’kelma waħda, it-taqbil tat-tfal hu fergħa tat-tradizzjoni orali li tikkonsisti minn għadd ta’ versi li tipikament jingħadu jew jitkantaw mit-tfal jew lit-tfal għall-gost inkella waqt xi logħba. Il-letteratura orali tgħaddi minn ġenerazzjoni għall-oħra permezz tal-fomm, u bis-saħħa t’hekk it-taqbil tat-tfal baqa’ ħaj sal-lum. Din it-tip ta’ letteratura minn ...

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  • The road to conversion

    Matthew Pulis

    Following last week’s article, we see Spadaro proceeding to compare the saving of a file with the salvation of a soul. He notes that our understanding of saving a file prohibits us from starting afresh, which a theological understanding outlines.[1] A metanoia is not particularly possible in the digital world, ...

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  • Between Theology and Technology

    Matthew Pulis

    In the first chapter of Cybertheology: Thinking Christianity in the Era of the Internet, Antonio Spadaro questions the relationship between faith and technology. He claims that many have written on the use of Internet as an instrument of evangelization. He suggests that we should be questioning the challenges of the ...

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  • Panem et Circenses, and the failure of Critical thought

    John Paul Cauchi

    The Roman satirical poet Juvenal, around 100 AD, is reputed to have come up with the term panem et circenses, referring to the situation where a populace (in this case, Roman) no longer cares for its historical birthright of political involvement. Politicians took the opportunity to only aim for public ...

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