In his latest column, Joe Carter looks at the current state of our polygamous future :
In an interview on the science in science fiction, novelist William Gibson noted, [T]he future is already here. It’s just not evenly distributed yet. What Gibson meant was that the innovations in science fiction could already be foundat least in embryonic formin our current ideas or technology. Much the same could be said about future social and legal norms concerning the institution of marriagethey are already here, theyre just not evenly distributed yet.
And in today’s second feature, George Weigel praises the the American Catholic thinker Michael Novak :
Michael has made many original contributions to the development of contemporary Catholic social thought, principally in helping the Church grapple with the meaning of democratic capitalism. Yet, in our seminar last week, Michael returned to his philosophical roots and spoke about the experience of nothingness.
He wasnt discussing the Washington Wizards 2009-2010 season; nor was he reflecting on his daily encounter with the New York Times editorial page. Rather, he was leading our students through an exploration of the soul-withering nihilism that has eaten the heart out of so much of the contemporary world, and into an examination of how we might heal those wounds in our culture.