A Scholarly Critique of Gilligan’s Island

Almost every American who owned a television from the late 1960s to the early 1980s has watched an episode of Gilligan’s Island . And if you were a child during that era—in a time before cable and console video games—you probably watched all 98 episodes more than once. It shames me . . . . Continue Reading »


There are moments when I think Terry Pratchett is the funniest writer alive. Funny, that is, the clever sense of funny. It is very important to be sober when you take an exam. Many worthwhile careers in the street-cleansing, fruit-picking and subway-guitar-playing industries have been founded on a . . . . Continue Reading »

Does Prayer Shut Off Your Brain?

According to a  study released by researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark, the brain’s executive network—the portion of our neural circuitry devoted to complex problem solving and truth seeking—is less active during certain modes of religious experience, especially those . . . . Continue Reading »

Iran and the Status of Women

An important note from Richard Grenell , the former long-time spokesman for U.S. ambassadors at the United Nations: U.S. mission staff have confirmed that [United States ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice] wasn’t at the U.N. and therefore wasn’t able to so much as drop by the . . . . Continue Reading »

Imitatio Christi Not Imitatio Bono

Rev. Kevin DeYoung on the glory of plodding : What we need are fewer revolutionaries and a few more plodding visionaries. That’s my dream for the church — a multitude of faithful, risktaking plodders. The best churches are full of gospel-saturated people holding tenaciously to a vision of . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Square Today

In today’s On the Square feature , George Weigel considers what should happen next for the Legionaries of Christ and its affiliated lay movement, Regnum Christi: 1. The prime imperative for the immediate future is to dismantle the “grand narrative” of Legion history within both the . . . . Continue Reading »

You Might Be a Redneck Monk If …

This video is a bit cheesy and goes on too long (it could use tighter editing) but I was compelled to post it because the first monk reminds me of one of my favorite minor characters in literature: Friar John from Rabelais’ Gargantua and Pantagruel . While I’m not Catholic, I do descend . . . . Continue Reading »

Great Books??

1. In my continuing outreach to the Porchers, let me highlight an argument against “Great Books” education that I read and heard lately in various places by the eminent Dr. Pat Deneen. (I’m too lazy to link and Patrick is free to correct.) 2. First off, it’s relativistic. . . . . Continue Reading »