Peter J. Leithart on the God who is worldly :
Summarizing a central argument of his Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics , Ross Douthat told Ken Myers in a recent interview, A lot of the most influential theologies in American life today are theologies that take various worldly ends as their primary end. Prosperity preachers turn seven-figure incomes and slick cars into sacramental marks of Gods favor. Oprah religion reduces God to a guarantor of personal psychological well-being. Nationalisms of the left and the right invoke God to sanctify policy agendas.
Also today, Matthew Cantirino on whether the highbrows killed culture :
Fred Siegel has a piece in the latest issue of Commentary in which he argues that highbrows are responsible for [killing] culture. Its an intriguing thesis, and one not without merit as it applies to the United States. Unfortunately, though, the essay turns on the misguided contention that the pre-World War II European elite articulated an argument that was fundamentally the same as (or, at best, a direct precursor to) the postwar lefts attack on middle-American kitsch.