One of the defining myths of movement conservatism is that of inherent liberal totalitarianism, or “Liberal Fascism”—the notion that the true aim of American liberalism is to wipe out all dissenting views and impose a uniform, godless secularism on the whole country. It has been a strong theme of social conservative punditry during the [...]
Religion in Human Evolution: From the Paleolithic to the Axial Age by Robert Bellah. Harvard, 2011, 784pp.
Has triumphalism been defeated? That’s a purposefully ambiguous and potentially self-contradictory question. It may be safe to say that it has been seriously challenged, but you don’t have to listen to the news very long before you [...]
Since Sources of the Self Charles Taylor has contended that ours is a fractured world. The world in question is that of the North Atlantic, including Europe and North America. The world in question is also a worldview in that Taylor has examined what he takes to be the trajectory of the moral and mental [...]
The first song I learned by heart was Harry Chapin’s “Mr. Tanner,” (embedded below) a crushingly sad tune about a laundromat owner from Dayton, Ohio, who loves to sing. Here’s the first verse:
“Mr. Tanner was a cleaner from a town in the Midwest
And of all the cleaning shops around, he’d made his the best
Sometimes William James writes things that can still ring true. Consider a quote from the The Varieties of Religious Experience: “This inferiority of the rationalistic level in founding belief is just as manifest when rationalism argues for religion as when it argues against it.” I say “ring true” because James attempts to describe the varieties [...]
I was just reading the questions suspected of leaking from the 2014 bac, the French post-high school exam that performs many of the same functions as the American SAT, though it’s more difficult and consequential. It includes essay questions like, “Is the artist the master of his work?” and requires explications of Descartes and [...]
Here’s a fun Friday thought exercise. What are the pro’s and con’s of Twitter implementing a Pay-Per-Tweet system. And just to be clear, I haven’t heard speak of such a thing, I’m just imagining.
Brief background: this morning I composed a tweet in which I mused that I wished my Twitter followers had a way [...]
My brother-in-law pointed out this article over at Slate wherein staff writer Jamelle Bouie interprets data from a recent MTV-sponsored poll (yes, really) on Millennials’ attitudes toward race and bias. Here’s Bouie’s summary of the findings:
Overall, MTV confirms the general view of millennials: Compared with previous generations, they’re more tolerant and diverse and [...]
I’ve been eavesdropping a bit on the conversation about celebrity pastors. I first peaked in on Richard Clark’s piece at The Gospel Coalition, and then read this great followup on the irony of TGC hosting Clark’s piece and then tossing up a bunch of candids of everyone’s favorite celeb pastors and theologians [...]
It’s alright everybody. Go back to living your lives. The end is not here. Despite what you’ve heard, the romantic comedy is not dead.
That was a close one.
I’m not one to panic, usually. I didn’t worry when, last year, Christopher Orr writing for The Atlantic issued his complaint that romantic comedies (or, [...]
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