ELSEWHERE: The Theology of Beard Length

So, you thought the East-West church divide was over whether or not the bread used in Mass should be leavened? Or perhaps because of the filioque clause? Oh no, those were only part of it. They also split, dear readers, over the length of the priestly beard. I am giving to you, as was given to me, this gift of the theological history of the beard. You should read it. And if you are a man, know that a line has been drawn. Are you on the manly beard side, or the peach fuzz girly face side? The d … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: The “Netflix for Books” Has Arrived

Netflix has changed the way that we consume movies and TV. No longer do we purchase DVDs; instead, we can stream everything we watch for one low price. And now, thanks to the newly announced Oyster service, we can do the same thing with books. For $9.95/month, you have access to 100,000 titles, with many more to come. Forbes' Steven Bertoni has more info. … [Read more...]

When Is Football Too Dangerous?

Brain damage. It is beyond dispute that playing in the NFL is causing brain injury to many of the men who play it. Owen Strachan asks how we should think about football in light of these new findings about long-term injury in football. You should check it out. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Against Pornography… in Scandinavia?

I endorse this message to the hotel industry 100%. And to anyone else, for that matter. Hopefully, this is a step in the right direction to stop the de-humanizing effects of pornography. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Your Life Is Even More Meaningless Than You Thought

Science has done much to improve humanity's lot in life, but it's done an awful lot to humble us, too. (For example, highlighting our puniness in light of the scope of the universe, or revealing that maybe we're not as different and unique from other animals as we thought we might be.) And now Dave Goldberg offers us several reasons for why we shouldn't even exist, claiming that we're "nothing but impurities in an otherwise beautifully simple universe." … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: An Elephant-Sized Example of Scientism

On the heels of Steven Pinker's recent essay defending scientism, some atheists have denied that scientism is a real phenomenon. They claim that critics of scientism cannot point to a valid instance of the crime. Enter this article in The Guardian. It provides an elephant-sized example that has been staring everyone in the face, as well as a succinct and witty overview of the failures of scientism in general. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: C. S. Lewis’s Medieval Modern Imagination

Over at The Imaginative Conservative, Stratford Caldecott has a delightful, intelligent look at C. S. Lewis’s perspective on the cosmos and the distinctions between the medieval view and modern cosmologies. … [Read more...]

Elsewhere: Gregory Wolfe of ‘IMAGE’ is Asking for Your Help

For as long as I've been reading good words, Image has been the journal I've associated with some of the best intersections of art, faith, and mystery. Under the leadership of editor Gregory Wolfe, Image has helped to bring the idea of "religious art" into sharper focus, elevating its discourse and showcasing many of its most poignant exemplars. Unfortunately, Wolfe recently announced that the journal has encountered some financial difficulties as the result of troubles with a business partner. I … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: The Racial Impact of Miley’s Twerking Debacle

While the focus on Miley Cyrus' VMA appearance has been primarily on the sexualized nature of the performance, there's an undeniable racial element to the whole thing as well. I found two articles to be most helpful in exploring these issues: Tressie McMillan Cottom's "Brown Body, White Wonderland," and Leigh Alexander's "On Twerking "And Being Mixed Race." If you're sick of the whole thing, take heart. These pieces take the attention off of Miley and direct us to the often unforeseen … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Online Streaming Services Are Still In The Red, But For How Long?

For all of us trying to navigate the murky ethics of digital music, this NPR article drops some surprising data: online streaming services like Pandora and Spotify have been losing money for years. So why do they keep at it? They’re banking on a stream-centric future of music that’ll be “wildly profitable.” … [Read more...]