Meaningless Art

I have a new hero. He is a janitor at Dortmund’s Museum Ostwall, and he's in big trouble for accidentally cleaning up a puddle that turned out to be an essential part of a 1.1 million dollar work of art. This piece......is now ruined.And I'm roflin. I am instantly reminded of C.S. Lewis' incredible essay, on Good Works and Good Work, in which he stated - with wonderful appropriateness to the current situation:But [...] I doubt whether we have a duty to “appreciate” the ambitious. Thi … [Read more...]

In Defense of Stupid Conversions (God Exists!)

The New Atheist gets all grumpy about 'stupid' conversions to the faith. Francis Collins - a self-described 'obnoxious atheist' and incredible genetic scientist - revealed the end of his own journey to God... "I turned the corner and saw in front of me this frozen waterfall, a couple of hundred feet high. Actually, a waterfall that had three parts to it — also the symbolic three in one. At that moment, I felt my resistance leave me. And it was a great sense of relief. The next morning, in the d … [Read more...]

Beauty Is Objective

Is beauty subjective or objective? Is it a thing defined by us, or a thing that exists apart from us? I guess it all comes down to this: Is beauty truly in the eye of the beholder, or is that particular maxim a particularly boldfaced lie? For those of you thinking this is a boring excursion of a non-controversial nature, let me tantalize your intellect - if beauty is objective, there is a God. If it isn't, there ain't.Oh we'll get there, you studly individuals, don't you worry. Now then, … [Read more...]

Puritanism, Hedonism, and Nudity

After writing about the naked body I got a colorful variety of responses, some in absolute and excited agreement with the concept of beauty as a response to pornography, and others who advised readers to stop reading yours truly, as I was clearly preaching heresy. As for myself, the question that arose out of the muddle was, "Why are we so confused?" Why are we so morally conflicted when it comes to nudity?First of all, it is worth pointing out that the battleground of the Western World is … [Read more...]

The Best Porn in the World

The word 'pornography' means "writing about whores", from the Greek pórnē - harlots. Now it would seem to follow that best pornography in the world would have to display the best harlots. But the best harlot - by the true meaning of the word best - is a forgiven harlot, like Mary Magdalene, who makes the radical shift from the rotten to the whole. And if she is whole, she is no longer a harlot. She is a virgin. Unfortunately, there is no word for "writing about virgins", so I will make one up - v … [Read more...]

The Glory of Being Shut Up

"Christ prophesied the whole of Gothic architecture in that hour when nervous and respectable people (such people as now object to barrel organs) objected to the shouting of the gutter-snipes of Jerusalem. He said, "If these were silent, the very stones would cry out." Under the impulse of His spirit arose like a clamorous chorus the facades of the mediaeval cathedrals, thronged with shouting faces and open mouths. The prophecy has fulfilled itself: the very stones cry out." G. K. C.We … [Read more...]


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