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    Incomplete Math and the Paradox of Grace

    Incomplete Math and the Paradox of Grace

    Achilles: “Well, the best way I know to explain it is to quote the words of another old Zen master, Kyōgen. Kyōgen said: ‘Zen is like a man hanging in a tree by his teeth over a precipice. His hands grasp no branch, his feet rest on no limb, and under the tree another person asks him: “Why did the Bodhidharma come to China from India?’ If the man in the tree does not answer, he fails; and if he does answer, he falls and loses his life. Now what shall he do?”

    Tortoise: “That’s clear; he should give up Zen,…

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    Gospel Moshing: Adventures at Metal Shows with a Spooky Friend

    Gospel Moshing: Adventures at Metal Shows with a Spooky Friend

    Maybe we, why don’t we
    Sit right here for half an hour?
    We’ll speak of what a waste I am
    And how we missed your beat again

    I swear we need to find some comfort in this run down place
    To bridge the gap of this conscious state that we live in
    And I’m short on time

    – “Writing on the Walls,” Underoath

    Nearly all of my best memories from college center on my close-yet-mysterious best friend named Tyler, who became mythical in our friend group because of his penchant for mischief and his unerring tendency to seek out and bask in all of the absurd things of…

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    "I Roll to Punch the Shark": The Strangely Familiar World of Dungeons and Dragons

    “I Roll to Punch the Shark”: The Strangely Familiar World of Dungeons and Dragons

    My first encounter with Dungeons and Dragons (DnD), the archetypal tabletop roleplaying game (rpg), took place in the winter of my freshman year of high school. I had just left the dark, lonely, Mordor-esque bleakness of my middle school years, and in joining the marching band, I made some good friends who shared my affinity for elf culture and all of the other geeky things that fill up the time of teenagers who exist on the outskirts of the high school social strata. As Christmas was approaching, this group of friends invited me to play a DnD campaign with them…

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