So one of the most annoying features (one to which I contributed) of the Strauss-Kojeve panels was this constant comment: I’m not going to address the difficult question of to what extent and in what ways Kojeve agrees and disagrees with the actual Hegel. Although Strauss himself was big on . . . . Continue Reading »

Mark Noll Got It Wrong, Maybe

Mark Noll went with the flow and got it wrong, says Dale Coulter. Writing on Renewal Dynamics , the weblog of the faculty of Regent University Divinity School, he describes the development of the idea that middle American Christians were anti-intellectual, beginning with Richard Hofstadter’s . . . . Continue Reading »

The Stuttering Prophet

In today’s On the Square Gerald R. McDermott weighs with his own contribution to the Paul-and-performance-anxiety discussion : In these pages recently Stephen Webb suggested that the apostle Paul had stage fright. This would be remarkable, given his history of traveling throughout the Roman . . . . Continue Reading »

Why Casinos Matter

The Council on Casinos recently released a report titled “Why Casinos Matter” which highlights, among other things, the now pervasive presence of gambling in American life. Regional casinos, rather than resort casinos, are the norm: “In the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states, nearly . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 9.19.13

Making Parenthood Pay W. Bradford Wilcox, Atlantic Reconciling Modern Biblical Scholarship With Orthodox Belief Yair Rosenberg,  Tablet How Evil Should a Video Game Allow You to Be? Simon Parkin, New Yorker Nurturing the Sounds of the Orthodox Church Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times Fred . . . . Continue Reading »

It’s a Three Ring Circus

Three On the Square posts for you today! I hope you have an extra-long lunch break ( and don’t forget about Helen Rittelmeyer ). First, we’ve got George Weigel’s continued meditations on Poland : John Paul II had a keen insight into the way in which the two totalitarianisms of the . . . . Continue Reading »

O Frabjous Day

Helen Rittelmeyer’s back! Here she is on “Winning the Distraction War, Losing the Distraction Peace” : In the last six months I’ve eliminated from my reading life everything that felt like empty carbs. The rule of thumb was: In a year, will I look back and think that this was . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 9.18.13

Let There Be a Linguistic Construct Carl Trueman, Reformation21 Could Emergence Be Hylemorphic? James Chastek, Just Thomism A Bad Bargain George McKenna, Human Life Review Work and Dignity: A Conversation Mike Rose and Matthew Crawford, Hedgehog Review The Coptic Church: Decline, Survival, . . . . Continue Reading »