What We've Been Reading—3.11.16

Daniel Asia has edited the proceedings of a conference held in March 2014 at the University of Arizona, the book entitled, The Future of (High) Culture in America.

It's a lively volume with contributions by Terry Teachout (drama critic for the Wall Street Journal), Carol Iannone (editor of Academic Questions), and Asia himself (a distinguished composer and professor of composition at U of A), among others, and they all get to the heart of the problem of high culture at the present time in America. . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 3.11.16

How Much Should Lent Hurt?
Father Robert McTeigue, SJ, Aleteia

The Renewal of Metaphysics and the Rebirth of Christian Society
Elliot Milco, Paraphasic

Evangelists Adapt to a New Era, Preaching the Gospel to Skeptics
Samuel G. Freedman, New York Times

Who Are Trump's Christians
Ivan Plis, National Interest

Must Theatre Always Sneer at Religion?
Theo Hobson, Spectator

The Redundancy of House of Cards
Jake Meador, Mere Orthodoxy

An Appeal to Our Fellow Catholics
Robert P. George and George Weigel, National Review

The Broderers of St. Paul's Cathedral
The Gentle Author, Spitalfields Life

Attack on Mother Teresa’s Nuns in Yemen

On Friday, March 4, sixteen people were murdered in a terrorist attack at a nursing home in Aden, the main city on the coast of southern Yemen. The dead comprised four nuns, who served in the Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Blessed Mother Teresa, plus eight elderly residents, their . . . . Continue Reading »

CPAC’s Pro-Life Panel

On Friday afternoon, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) hosted a panel on pro-life issues. It was moderated by Julie Hocker of the American Conservative Union Foundation. Panelists included Congressional candidate Lenny McAllister, abortion survivor and pro-life activist Gianna . . . . Continue Reading »

The End of Democracy?

Social media tend to magnify the expansive self, encouraging participants to stake out a virtual identity within the ethereal territory of the world wide web: “This is who I am, like it or not!” “My political beliefs are part of my identity; to call them into question is to call my very identity into question.” Continue Reading »