Mr. Putin Goes to Church

On Tuesday, Nadieszda Kizenko, Patrick Michelson, and Paul Valliere spoke at Butler about religion and freedom of expression in Russia, focusing on the now famous case of the punk band Pussy Riot and their “Punk Prayer” video that got so much attention on Facebook. The video of the lecture is now available, and I want to [Read More...]

Alexander Glazunov – Symphony No.2 in F# minor op.16

My favorite symphony by this great Russian composer of the Romantic era. [Read more...]

Bring Church to the People

Many Christians, depending on their denomination, may have heard the challenge to not simply try to bring people to church, but “bring church to the people.” Apparently the Russian Orthodox Church, with the help of (and in the service of) the Russian military, has found a more literal way of doing that than I ever [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Cold War

It was interesting to see Doctor Who revisit the 80s situation of the Cold War, and interpose an alien into the midst of that setting, in tonight’s episode “Cold War.” The classic “base under siege” type of story is, in the case of “Cold War,” mirrored in a story of a submarine under siege. During [Read More...]


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