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Earthquake alley

I was watching TV around 10:30 on Wednesday night when I thought one of  grandkids–we were hosting a sleepover–was shaking my chair.  I reached around to grab the culprit, but there was no one there.  Then it happened again.  Then the other adults in our living room, including some Californians, said “Earthquake!” [Read more...]

The vocation of being an advocate for the dead

An article on the real-life doctor featured in the movie Concussion says quite a bit about the Nigerian Christian’s understanding of “calling”; that is, vocation.  (Did any of this come out in the movie?) [Read more...]

The Year that Nothing Worked

It’s been a rough year.  Bloomberg’s Lu Wang, referring specifically to economics and investing, has called 2015 The Year Nothing Worked.

Terrorism is back in force, with ISIS giving us nearly daily examples of unsettling, disillusioning cruelty.  That’s hard for humanists, optimists, and progressives to take, day in and day out.   The Taliban is resurgent in Afghanistan, making us feel that all of the sacrifice of our military men and women for the high goal of democracy in the Middle East may have been in vain.

Meanwhile, our government seems increasingly incompetent, and many of the candidates for the future seem to promise either more of the same, or to be even be worse.

Gideon Rachman of the London Financial Times says “the whole world is on edge.” He says that usually some country is optimistic and doing well.  But last year not only the United States but the new powerhouse China have been in the doldrums.  He blames not only economic uncertainty but a large scale reaction against governments and elites of every kind.  (His article is excerpted and linked after the jump.)

It is surely healthy for people to wake up to the incompetence of their big governments.  It’s even more healthy for people to wake up to the decadence of their cultural elites.  Higher education, with a few notable exceptions,  has largely turned into a self-parody, with childish political radicalism turning universities into centers of anti-intellectualism and Orwellian thought police.  The art world establishment seems paralyzed with angst and theorizing.  Even the popular arts are stagnant, repeating formulas and looking for something new without being able to find anything.  Our movies, for example, keep churning out sequels, rummaging through thrift shop comic book bins, and remaking films from more creative eras.

But now people as a whole are getting sick of all of this. That’s a good sign.  It really is darkest before the dawn.  When bad things in a culture are evident, a reaction sets in.  There will be no utopia, just different problems, but let’s pray that 2016 will be the beginning of a “dawn.” [Read more...]

“Happy Federal Holiday”

A Florida professor is proposing in the name of inclusivity a season’s greeting that will be supremely politically correct and, I would add, a tribute to the new god of our day, from whom many people seek their every good:  “Happy Federal Holiday.” [Read more...]

Christmas and Vocation

One thing you learn from the doctrine of vocation is that the Christian life includes what we might describe as the secular.  The realm of “Christian” does not consist just of overtly devout exercises.  Rather, it also includes our lives in the family, the workplace, and the community.  This point also applies to how we celebrate Christmas.  We are surely right to complain when Jesus is left out of the celebration of His birthday, but those who complain about the secular observances–wanting it to be just a religious holiday celebrated in church, being irked that even non-Christians are celebrating it, and complaining about all of the presents–may be missing something about the scope of Christ’s reign and the nature of vocation. [Read more...]

Where is your town on the political spectrum?

A “political technology” company called Crowdpac has analyzed the campaign contributions of nearly 5,000 towns and cities in the United States and has ranked them on a liberal/conservative spectrum.  Thus we can determine the ten most liberal and the ten most conservative cities in America.

But most fun is a tool that enables you to enter the name of any town with a population over 6,000, whereupon you can see how it ranks on the scale.  (I found, though, that it doesn’t include every town over 6,000.)

Go here, type in your town’s name, and see how liberal or conservative it is. [Read more...]


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