I’m reposting an old review of Walker Percy’s The Second Coming. Last week I was chatting with some friends about how feelings of melancholy (or depression) seem to make the past come so vividly alive and relevant: regrets and nostalgias become so strong that one almost enjoys the pain. Which reminded me of the opening scene in this brilliant little novel: a wealthy, healthy, middle-aged […]

Originally posted on The Isaiah 53:5 Project:
Busy day today, just a few things to think about. A fascinating interview… …with Peter Hitchens about his return to Christianity, his relationship with his brother Christopher, his work as an international journalist and his book, The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith (Zondervan). A great…

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This is another slap-dash combination of old posts that I’ve been thinking about, touching on the issue of cultural change. A friend of mine posted on facebook: I find the argument that people generally belong to a given religion based on the place where they were born or the family into which they were born […]

I thought I’d collect into one sprawling, badly edited post some thoughts on the theme of culture and progress, since it came up in anther blog. For more thoughts on cultural change, go here, then here. The Man in the Photo above is EVIL! Once, in English Composition class my freshman year of college, I had a big thick […]

My blog has really gone downhill the past year. Mostly I’m just reposting stuff from other blogs. Sigh! Even the MOST BRILLIANT of people get tired sometimes. Oh well, here is a great one from Ace of Spades. Read it. The MacGruffinization of American Politics

Originally posted on Dover Beach:
“[Nietzsche] had the good manners to despise Christianity, in large part, for what it actually was–above all, for its devotion to an ethics of compassion–rather than allow himself the soothing, self-righteous fantasy that Christianity’s history had been nothing but an interminable pageant of violence, tyranny, and sexual neurosis. He may…

Camille Paglia has an interesting interview in America Magazine, of all places. Maybe I don’t give America enough credit. It is a fun article with some digs at Irish-Americans that hit a little too close to home and make me thank God I’m a quarter Bavarian. I don’t claim to know or understand much about […]

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