To Hollywood with Love

The Oscars substituted vulgarity for wit and disappointed expectant vulgarians with cut-rate vulgarisms. Oscar assaulted morality, perfectly acceptable, but it also attacked liberal pieties proving once again that establishment Hollywood is not liberal, but libertine. Sites that would never point out the host was no gentleman are happy to point out he was misogynistic. The [Read More...]

Avoid These Things in Any Star Wars Reboot or Face the Wrath of Me

Perhaps Disney does not fear my wrath. My kids do not fear my wrath and actually I do not have much wrath, but the notion of a Star Wars reboot fills me with hope and dread. Hope because I love the myth and am going to get more of it. Dread because J.J. Abrams is a lens flare away [Read More...]

We Just Don’t Agree

Modernity came and many of us said: “Good. We like some of that, but don’t like other bits.” We rejected the idea that natural science (“Science!”) was the only means to know, though we appreciated the help it gave us in forming questions. We thought the idea that man was fundamentally economic was wrongheaded. We [Read More...]

No Science Here

We are being told by people who should know better that making the “morning after pill” over-the-counter is a “matter of science.” Those of us who oppose this cost cutting and convenient measure must be “anti-science.” If one cannot get a cheap abortion as easily as exfoliant, than science is being assaulted! This is either ignorance of [Read More...]

Christmas Carol (Postlude): AIG and Literary Humbug

This year I supersaturated in Charles Dickens to celebrate his bicentennial and used his Christmas Carol as part of my jollification. Whatever the state of Dickens’ soul, and no man can judge, he lived in a pervasively Christian country. His books are shot through with references to the Faith and he assumes the Christianity of all but his [Read More...]

Christmas Carol (X): Jollification

Scrooge repents. He repents even though he is unsure of salvation. He is sorry for his misdoings and no longer attempts to bargain with Justice. He accepts that he is wretched and does not just retreat from selfishness, but to positive charity. C.S. Lewis made the point that too many of us confused unselfishness with [Read More...]

Christmas Carol (IX): Ghost of Christmas Future

We discount Scrooge’s sins too steeply if we make him merely stingy. Scrooge’s stinginess made him a bad neighbor and subject of the Crown. This was his chief sin and the Ghost of Christmas Future reveals that the City is better off without him. His story is the reverse of that of George Bailey: it [Read More...]

Christmas Carol (VIII): Ignorance and Want

Christmas Carol has targets in mind and it isn’t Ebenezer Scrooge. Charles Dickens is after Ignorance and Want. Nobody, even Mr. Scrooge, is in the Ignorance and Want Lobby, but Dickens knows that many of us support both without intending to do so. My vices, small in themselves, added to the vices of my neighbors, can [Read More...]

Guns, Football, and Fornication

The murder, abuse, and suicide of a NFL player has brought all kinds of emotions into our national discourse. Some blame the “violent game of football,” but studies don’t seem to confirm that players are made more violent off the field. Some blame our “gun culture,” but the increasing rates of violence in the United [Read More...]

Hope and No Change

Recently, I have been asked why I do not just admit my “views” on any number of sexual issues are doomed. My short response is that morality always seems doomed, but prevails. Fortunately,  ”my” views are not based on my preference, desires, or convenience. When discussing the slavery issue, Abraham Lincoln argued that the heart [Read More...]


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