Islamic Extremes, Christian Mediation

Why ARE so many modern British career women converting to Islam? asks the Daily Mail in their “femail” section. Though the Daily Mail is one of the respectable English tabloids (please note that “respectable” is to be defined in terms of “tabloid”), the . . . . Continue Reading »

Marriage Reasons

In today’s second “On the Square” article, a researcher at the Institute for American Values analyzes the effects upon the marriages of the less-educated of certain elite ideas that the affluent can afford more easily than the poor. “Less-educated women are punting . . . . Continue Reading »

What Makes for a Great Book?

Theologian Fred Sanders, who teaches a great books program at  Biola ‘s  Torrey Honors Institute , lists eight qualities that make a book a “great book” : 7. A great book is weird. It’s got angles, edges, textures, and stuff sticking out that you wouldn’t . . . . Continue Reading »

Hollywood’s Version of Narnia

Steven D. Boyer has an excellent analysis of how the Narnia films subvert C.S. Lewis’s hierarchical world: Then follow some remarkable lines. Says Peter, “Don’t you ever get tired of being treated like a kid?” “We are kids,” Edmund wryly observes. “Well, I . . . . Continue Reading »

Today’s Mark of Sophistication

“These days,” writes R. R. Reno in today’s “On the Square” article, Culture Matters More Than Politics , “the ability to talk about politics in a knowing way is treated as a mark of sophistication, so much so, I think, that we’ve come tacitly to regard . . . . Continue Reading »

Gnostic Meditations and other stuff!

Here are some insightful excerpts from, “Secret Cinema: A Gnostic Vision in Film,”  a book by Wake Forest University English Professor, Eric Wilson: Professor Peters, a clever writer and provocateur at The . . . . Continue Reading »

Afternoon Links — 10.27.10

A Vietnamese man has adopted fifty babies to save them from being aborted. Minnesota’s Democratic Party sent a postcard to voters consisting of a picture of a priest with an “Ignore the poor” button photoshopped onto his shirt. Some family law scholars are now insisting that a . . . . Continue Reading »