Monthly Archives: April 2015

Some thoughts on Christ and Culture

Pascal Emmanuel Gorby has an interesting article in The Week, called How Christianity Invented Children. It is not one of Gorby’s better articles. His point is that classical society had a rather dim view of children, and Christianity changed that. As a general thesis he may be correct, but there are also plenty of steps backward throughout history. Early modern […]

The Benedict Option

Ron Dreher’s phrase The Benedict Option comes from the Aladstair MacIntyre’s book After Virtue in which he argues that the common moral civilization has definitively collapsed. MacIntyre compares this situation to that of the Roman Empire dissolving into the Dark Ages: the former civilization is going or gone and for the foreseeable future things are only going to get worse. […]

Alasdair MacIntyre: “the coming ages of barbarism and darkness”

Originally posted on Dover Beach:
” “It is always dangerous to draw too precise parallels between one historical period and another; and among the most misleading of such parallels are those which have been drawn between our own age in Europe and North America and the epoch in which the Roman empire declined into the…

Bureaucracy and Stupidity

“The only people who have threatened or abducted my children were the people in Child Protective Services and the police, so I do not believe random people are a threat.” says the mother of two, whose small children were detained for 5 hours by the police for the crime of playing unattended in a park a […]

Social Justice Bullies

Check out this article, Social Justice Bullies: The Authoritarianism of Millennial Social Justice.  Why does so much social justice rhetoric seem intrinsically authoritarian? The author above attributes it to a series of Orwellian sophisms. While the argument is a worthy one, I think the underlying cause is a little simpler: some people are just bullies. They […]

Moral Panics, Then and Now.

Kevin Williamson compares the contemporary moral panic over campus rape to past moral panics over rock music, marijuana, and (believe it or or not) Satanic Sex Cult Daycare Centers. I am just old enough to remember the moral panic over Satanist Sex Cult Daycare Centers, which pitted credulous media, soulless prosecutors and snake-oil child psychologists […]

Sad Puppies

Take One: The purpose of literature is to educate us morally and socially. Since the greatest threat to the moral and social order is systematic oppression of “the other”, good books therefore are ones which open our minds to the oppressed: women, minorities, gays, etc. Books which thoughtlessly reaffirm the unjust status quo are bad. […]