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 »

Can Women Save the Church?

Peggy Noonan believes she has figured out how to save the Catholic Church from the effects of the recent child sexual abuse scandals.  She advocates a three-part “reform” agenda to “turn the Church around.”  First, Noonan reiterates her longstanding position that . . . . Continue Reading »

Gray on Grayling

A stunningly good review by the British writer John Gray of A.C. Grayling’s latest atheist manifesto: Reading Grayling, it is hard to resist the impression that he believes Western civilization would be much improved if it did not include the Judeo-Christian inheritance. Absurd as it is, . . . . Continue Reading »

The Foreign Office Sniggers

You’ve seen news about the British Foreign Office memo , which suggested events for the pope, on his visit to England—including opening an abortion clinic and apologizing for the Spanish Armada. The New Statesman points out People think it is a joke. That is to say, it was written as a . . . . Continue Reading »

Kosher Kars

A Brooklyn teacher’s stolen car was found during a New York police raid of a chop shop, and returned to her in its fixed-up, road-racer condition. “I’m Jewish,” the teacher, Amanda Pogany complained, “and I don’t even know how to drive a stick shift!” I . . . . Continue Reading »

Modern Technology and the Person

So I’ve been thinking through some of the work I’ve done in the last year on Modern American Technocracy and I’d like to publicly articulate some tentative conclusions. Some of these might be more lucid than others but try to cut me some slack since it’s 4am. The central and . . . . Continue Reading »

Mandatory Sterilization in China

Some of the most earnest global warming alarmists look to China as the model for radically controlling human population in order to SAVE THE PLANET!  But that is to long for tyranny.  Example: China is forcing thousands of people to be involuntarily sterilized for violating the “one . . . . Continue Reading »