In Defense of Chesterton

From First Thoughts

Treating G.K. Chesterton as an authority whose aphorisms can be quoted for any purpose other than amusement is, as  Elliot Milco maintains , silly. One might as well treat Edward Lear as an authority. (Though an exception should be made for literary matters, an area where he wrote with . . . . Continue Reading »

The Moral Realism of Ashgar Farhadi’s “A Separation”

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New art works animated by sincere piety are rare in the United States. Still rarer are voices that do not see Islam as a minority protected from oppression or a dangerous threat to American liberty, but instead as a moral-theological system whose insights are relevant to contemporary domestic life. It’s unsurprising, then, that despite the critical adulation received by Ashgar Farhadi’s new film, A Separation, its reviewers seem to have missed that the film is work of sincere religious conviction… . Continue Reading »