A few last things to shove at you before you head off for your holiday.
This week at Patheos, Fitz wrote a worthwhile piece on his main difference with other liberals: his dim view of human nature:
This is not a good, liberal view. Yet it’s fundamental to my worldview and leads me, […]
I went to a tiny church school from first to seventh grade. It used the A Beka Book school curriculum, which, although it worked out okay for me, I’ll go on record as saying, was mostly awful. My wife makes fun of me all the time for never having […]
In Salon, Michael Lind pushes back against the rise of British historian Niall Ferguson in the U.S., and views him as symptomatic of a decline in right-wing intellects:
Ferguson is the most prominent of a number of British conservative intellectuals and journalists who have found more sympathetic audiences in the U.S. than in […]
Saturday at six o’clock p.m. Standard Time, an earthquake will occur at the International Date Line, and will spread over the whole world. For the next five months, quakes and fires and suffering will rack what remains of humanity. The fantastic machinery of the cosmos will enter a new era as the “salvation program” ends […]
Israel turned 63 this week. Seems young, no? Only a few years older than my dad.
Before I delve too much into this, I guess I should say I am a secular Jew. I was raised Jewish, and now have no idea what I am, so I tell people I am a secular Jew the […]
John McWhorter over at The New Republic has an excellent defense of the rapper Common, who has been at the center of controversy since he was invited to a White House poetry night. His introductory sentence gets to the heart of what […]
Last night, after “Modern Family” ended and before the new sitcom “Happy Endings” began, in that wasteland of ABC television’s programming called “Cougar Town,” my wife and I flipped through the four channels our digital antenna pulls in searching for a half hour of interim entertainment. We landed, for a brief time, on “
I’m particularly excited about this week’s Patheos column. I begin by talking about my favorite book/movie, High Fidelity (I like the book only slightly more than the movie). In particular, I quote the passage in which Rob says, “Some people never got over the sixties, or the war, […]
Turns out, I have much more in common with Katy Perry than I’m willing to admit. We both grew up in borderline fundamentalist “born-again” churches, never read any books other than the Bible as children, weren’t really supposed to listen to secular music, and we’ve both appeared near-naked on the cover of Vanity Fair.
There’s something that’s bothered me for a while now about the way the lingo of nonpartisanship has taken over the evangelical discourse, which I for some reason am unable to stop being interested in. No matter where this lingo comes from, I think it’s a response to the same reality: partisanship is really, really uncool […]
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