Is Your Church Too Churchy?

Over at USA Today ’s Faith and Reason blog, a suspiciously told story of a high school graduation ceremony held at a public auditorium . . . err, megachurch. The organizers say it doesn’t look churchy enough to violate the separation of church and everything else. USA Today thinks . . . . Continue Reading »

The Aesthetics of Sports

In reflecting on the relationship between story and the rules of the game,  Brian Phillips writes : What that means is that, if we care about the sport as a story, we have to hope that the people in charge of running it do their jobs  just badly enough to ensure that the  Hand of God . . . . Continue Reading »

Why We Need Animal Research

Animal rights activists—as opposed to animal welfare proponents—universally oppose all medical research no matter how beneficial to human health and well being. Some admit that research provides benefits, but others—like PETA—lie, claiming that because  there isn’t . . . . Continue Reading »

The Art of Mexican Taxation

Mexico allows visual artists to pay their taxes with artworks: That’s the deal Mexico has offered to artists since 1957, quietly amassing a modern art collection that would make most museum curators swoon. As the 2009 tax deadline approaches, tax collectors are getting ready to receive a whole . . . . Continue Reading »


So I’ve been deluged by (two) requests to post the Mad Men stuff from my Furman talk: From our view, people not so long ago lived somewhere between contemptible self-indulgence and inexplicable insanity. That’s the message, for example, of the excellent—if highly politically . . . . Continue Reading »

The Burden of History

In the pages of his blog for World Affairs, David Reiff has been musing of late about the ways in which historical consciousness influences our political and social imaginations. His reflections on historical memory, especially the tendency for societies to carefully tend the fires of past . . . . Continue Reading »

Anatomy of Conversion

For those who are interested in this sort of thing, here is an article of mine on the  Anatomy of Conversion , attempting to discern what is happening when one moves toward something new. It describes a Catholic conversion for obvious reasons, but I’m thinking it should apply to other . . . . Continue Reading »

Captive to Westminster

Dale Coulter, who contributed to Not So Easy to Identify an Evangelical , has written a related piece on The Westminster Captivity of Evangelicalism on his weblog Renewal Dynamics. He is a member of the Evangelicals and Catholics Together consultation and the co-editor of Pneuma: The Journal of the . . . . Continue Reading »