Author Archives: John Jalsevac

About John Jalsevac

I am a Master's student in theology at the University of Toronto.

Permaculture – the sustainable farm of the future?

One of the most intriguing fields right now is that of sustainable farming. It might come as a surprise to some that a pro-life conservative like me gives the time of day to the “sustainable” movement, given that so much … Continue reading

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The Father’s Tale – a book review

There’s something strangely daunting about trying to judge the value of a modern novel. Perhaps that’s part of the reason why I don’t read them. I like to joke that I never read a book unless its author has been … Continue reading

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The books I read in 2011

A couple years ago I decided to start keeping a list of all the books that I read. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it before, and now that I am keeping such a list, I am glad … Continue reading

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Through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault

A lot of people are mad about the new translation of the Roman Catholic Mass. For my part, I have always had a phobia of debates about liturgical arcana, which somehow seem to sap the vitality of my liturgical fervor … Continue reading

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This Christmas, don’t just do something, stand there

Christmas isn’t quite what it used to be, is it? And I’m not referring the usual laundry list of grievances that makes us religious fundamentalist extremists (i.e. Christians) seriously ponder setting up a utopian commune on a deserted Mediterranean island: … Continue reading

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You don’t know jack about Handel’s Messiah (probably)

You know how sometimes you think you know something, but then you discover that you didn’t really know it, you just thought you did? Is that too vague? Here’s an example: I always thought I knew that It’s a Wonderful … Continue reading

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Dear pro-life people: don’t be evil

Few things annoy pro-lifers more than being told by supporters of the practice of killing unborn children in their mothers’ wombs that they need to be more “civil.” “How about you stop ripping fully formed unborn babies apart limb from … Continue reading

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