Aesthetic of Collapse

After I posted about the implications of Scottish Cardinal O’Brien’s resignation amidst allegations of sexual misconduct, I’ve found myself swept up into the surging currents of Rod Dreher’s blog . Given that Rod says a great deal, there’s of course a great deal that . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Square Today

Elizabeth Scalia on the Pope’s Benedict option : When Pope Benedict XVI departs from the Chair of Peter on the evening of February 28, he will remain briefly at Castel Gandolfo while his new quarters are readied, and will then take on the gift and burden of monastic enclosure, which he has . . . . Continue Reading »

Working Women

Sociologist Neil Gilbert argues that (in Sandra Tsing Loh’s Atlantic   paraphrase ) “financial need is not the force behind women’s shift in the past 50 years from work in the home to work in the market-place.” Rather, the driving force is “the desires of those . . . . Continue Reading »

Calvinist Controversy at Louisiana College

The latest front in the Baptist battle over Calvinism and Arminianism has opened at Louisiana College, where the administration has decided not to renew the contracts of three faculty members—- Jason Hiles ,  Kevin McFadden  and  Ryan Lister . The latter two have doctorates . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 2.26.13

A Puritan and a Biologist on Beauty Justin Hawkins, Fare Forward Ecumenism, Asceticism, and the Common Good Dylan Pahman, Ethika Politka The Lost Art of Persuasion James K. A. Smith, Cardus What Hollywood Did to Johnny Cash Lee Habeeb, National Review Paperwork Against the People Rob Horning, . . . . Continue Reading »

I Would Like to Be the Next Pope

Humor magazine McSweeney’s posts a satirical cover letter for the world’s most discussed job opening: Dear sir or madam, I am writing to apply for the position of Pope. I recently received my Bachelor of Arts, or “artium baccalaureus,” from Dartmouth College, with a major . . . . Continue Reading »