Category: Culture

Issues and opinions about contemporary culture

Paul’s Vision

As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the…

The Hopelessness of Audacity

I have been reading President Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope. It’s actually well-written, exept for one section–the Faith section. Take this paragraph from page 218: This brings us to a different point–the manner in which religious views should inform…

Organizing For America

Like it or not, Obama won. And as he said, his win is not the end of the struggle, but the beginning. Like it or not, he created one of the most powerful political organizations in history. He is now…

Obama Naug

Watching the inauguration, I couldn’t help but notice that Christian symbolism was everywhere. Given the attempt over the past four decades or so to cleanse the public square of everything remotely Christian–Christmas trees, creches, Bibles, posters, etc., it was quite…

Putridity

Something is very wrong, and the “authorities” are unlikely to fix it. Ostensibly, it is a financial crisis, and the financial world is surely a wreck. But the question we haven’t dealt with yet pertains to the kind of crisis…

Christ-mass

The Christmas story is ancient, well known and hardly known at the same time. Here, it is not so much that familiarity breeds contempt as it is that familiarity makes us blind. The more we are used to seeing something,…

Fed Cred

Ad fontes—to the source! “Holy Cow, Batman! What about the credit crisis?” “Well, Robin, it’s not really about money.” “Not about money?! Then what is the problem?” “Some say it is a credit crisis. Some say its a lack of…

Hoype

The high-handed headiness of our new age politics provides the rare opportunity of coining a new word. This is not a simple reflection of common usage in the 21st Century, but a pouring of molten silver into the coin press…

Clear As Mud II

If you haven’t read Clear As Mud, please read it first. Since the DNC (Denver 2008) has just ended let me speak to its origin. Two nights ago the keynote speaker, Mike Warner, mentioned that Thomas Jefferson was the founder…