Monthly Archives: August 2016

Three Kinds of Christians (Continued)

In my last post I claimed that there are three kinds of American Christians – the Moralistic Therapeutic Deist (the majority), the Professional, and the Die-Hard, and that in about twenty years the second two kinds will be the only ones left. Of course when I say there are three kinds of Christians I don’t really […]

Three Kinds of Christians

In my last post I said this: the Church in America is in a bad position: the majority uneducated and indifferent, and too many in the serious minority easily caught up in stupid reactionary behavior or fighting for influence over an ever smaller number of believers. I was speaking specifically about the Catholic Church but the same could be said […]

Circular Firing Squads

The National Catholic Register just fired their two most popular bloggers, Mark Shea and Simcha Fisher. Shea for being a jerk, Fisher for making (harmless) sex jokes on Facebook. A couple of times I considered doing a post on Mark Shea because he can be an irritating jerk about politics but never did because (surprise!) I am often an […]

The Law of Merited Impossibility

Blogger Rod Dreher formulated the Law of Merited Impossibility: The Law Of Merited Impossibility is an epistemological construct governing the paradoxical way overclass opinion makers frame the discourse about the clash between religious liberty and gay civil rights. It is best summed up by the phrase, “It’s a complete absurdity to believe that Christians will suffer […]


The Christian Science Monitor has an interesting article describing how the number of black children being homeschooled in the United States has doubled in the last ten years, from about 100,000 to 220,000. The reasons given are the same as the reasons white families give, either to keep their kids out of rotten academics or […]

Bad News, Worse News, Good News

Race riots in Milwaukee and flooding in Louisiana. I lived two years in Wisconsin and used to travel quite a bit to Louisiana for business, together the states represent my second favorite places after New England. I’m not sure why they call it a race riot – back in the day it was Irish against […]

Trump and the Sexual Revolution

Ross Douthat has long defined Trump as the death knell of the Christian right, which he now argues has lost the ability to influence the Republican party on sexual mores: Much of what seems strange and reactionary about Trump is tied to what was normal to a certain kind of Sinatra and Mad Men-era man — […]