Beyond “Beyondism”

I think it was David Brooks who coined, years ago, the term "beyondist." A beyondist is someone who urges us to get beyond left/right distinctions, beyond partisan politics, beyond the stymied options of the day. Jim Wallis is a good example, as the title of his book God’s Politics: . . . . Continue Reading »

Right Reason in the Public Square

Bishop Giampaolo Crepaldi, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and director of the Cardinal Van Thuân International Observatory , has an essay on reason and religion in the public square in the ZENIT Daily Dispatch for March 10, 2007. Crepaldi is worried about what he . . . . Continue Reading »

The April Issue of First Things Is Here

The April 2007 issue of First Things is now on newsstands¯which also means that it’s available online for subscribers.This is another strong, wide-ranging issue of the magazine¯if we do say so ourselves. Which we do. I mean, it’s part of our job to insist that all new issues . . . . Continue Reading »

Deep Thoughts from Senator Edwards

Senator John Edwards has offered us a reflection that gives us a glimpse of his hidden theological depths: "I think that Jesus would be disappointed in our ignoring the plight of those around us who are suffering and our focus on our own selfish short-term needs. I think he would be appalled, . . . . Continue Reading »

The Universe and I

So my wife and I were moving and wanted to dispose of some bookcases that were past their use-by date. We had a bite on Craigslist, and the interested party came to our apartment to see if these essentially pine boxes with a remnant of veneer would do the trick. They were, in fact, exactly what she . . . . Continue Reading »

Prosing About the Web

Writing on the Web good not is. Too fast, it move. Too quick, it change. And telegraphed its punches are.Of course, that’s the nature of the beast. Be angry at the sun for setting if these things anger you. Every morning, I read the newspaper editorials linked on Real Clear Politics , the . . . . Continue Reading »