Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Second Coming

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 […]

How atheism led brother of noted atheist back to Christianity, a great atheist philosopher who can’t deny God, and cracks in the atheist edifice

Christopher Hitchens was a brilliant journalist and a worthy successor to the English journalistic tradition of Orwell. This interview with his brother Peter, also a journalist, interested me for two reasons: first, because he, unlike his brother, is a Christian, not an atheist; second because he looks just like me! (20 years from now.) So […]

Culture Warriors (redux)

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 […]

The Myth of Progress

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 […]

A Classic Post from Ace of Spades

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

David Bentley Hart: “[Nietzsche] had the good manners to despise Christianity … for what it actually was

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…