Timothy Carney argues that Republicans could make 2014 a referendum on corporate welfare. That is fine as far as it goes, but I don’t think it gets at the core of the right’s political problems. It is fine to portray the center-left as wanting to take taxes with one hand and give out . . . . Continue Reading »
Season Seven, Episode Five (“The Runaways”): A very disjointed episode of Mad Men. Don Draper is marginal to most of its action; two watchable characters (Roger Sterling and Joan Harris) are absent from it entirely; and we endure two eruptions of gratuitous weirdness, one in the form of kinky sex, the other in the form of sexualized mutilation. Altogether, we find the story de-centered and distinctly schizoid. Continue Reading »
What Does Religion Look Like in Prison?
Casey N. Cep, Pacific Standard
Will the Movies Ever Catch Up to H.R. Giger?
Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly
Heather Havrilesky, The Baffler
In the Image of God: John Comenius and the First Children’s Picture Book
Charles McNamara, Public Domain Review
People Who Eat People: Hannibal and TV’s New Darkness
Lynn Coady, Hazlitt
The new president of Cedarville University, a Christian college in Ohio, has decided that no woman shall teach a man in any Biblical studies. This reflects a long-running debate within Evangelicalism (see here and here) over gender complementarianism and the role of women. To be . . . . Continue Reading »
Larry Summers has a fine review in Democracy of the hot new book by Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. He points out that the publication of this book in English corresponds with a political/cultural moment in which we’re anxious, concerned, and to some degree confused by a growing economic inequality. Continue Reading »
Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the Double-Bind of Muslim Women’s Rights
Rochelle Terman, the Feminist Wire
What Marilynne Robinson Could Learn from Herself
Marybeth Davis Baggett, Christ and Pop Culture
Could Drive You to Drink
Nicole Gelinas, City Journal
World War I History Divides Balkan Schoolchildren
Denis Dzidic, Marija Ristic, Milka Domanovic, Josip Ivanovic, Edona Peci, Sinisa Jakov Marusic, Balkan Transitional Justice
Dressing for Failure: How the Death of Home Ec Unraveled American Fashion
Linda Przybyszewski, Time
A Friendly Game for a Beatific State
James Montague, the New York Times
A Response to Radner’s A Brutal Unity
William Cavanaugh, Syndicate
Patriarch Says He Will Discuss Middle East Christians with Pope
Francis X. Rocca, the National Catholic Reporter
A Terrible Beauty: The Gerry Adams Story Continues
Timothy Hoyt, War on the Rocks
Abortion, Slavery, and Constitutional Meaning
Nathaniel Peters, Public Discourse
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Prominent pastor John Hagee’s “blood moon prophecy,” the claim that eclipses track with significant events in the history of Israel, has gained coverage if not much credence in USA Today, the New York Daily News, and other outlets. There are political and religious responses that could be offered to his prophecy, but as an astronomer I had one question in mind: Do Hagee’s factual claims hold? The answer is no. Continue Reading »
The intolerance displayed by faculty and students over commencement speakers has to be brought to an end. Doing so requires courage on two fronts. First, the administrators who superintend to the process whereby speakers are chosen have to adhere to it and defend it. Second, when speakers are uninvited or withdraw, men and women of character and principle ought to refuse to take their place. Continue Reading »