My cousin Tony Sclafani’s new book: Grateful Dead FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History

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My cousin Tony Sclafani recently published a book, Grateful Dead FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History (Backbeat Books, 2013). Here's a summary of it: The Grateful Dead rose out of San Francisco's 1960s underground rock scene with an unprecedented sound and image. The group's members were steeped in rock, folk, classical, and blues, and their instrumental prowess and refusal to bow to commercial conventions helped originate jam band music. Unapologetic in their ad … [Read more...]

The Underground Thomist: J. Budziszewski’s scholarly website

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J. Budziszewski, professor of government and philosophy at the University of Texas, has a new website, The Underground Thomist. I was perusing it this morning. It is really amazing.  You should check it out.  … [Read more...]

Gerald McDermott: Is Evangelical Liberalism an Oxymoron?

Just saw this essay this morning on First Thing's On the Square. Here is Professor McDermott's conclusion: The lesson Evangelicals should learn from this new dust-up over evangelical theology and modernity is that sola scriptura is necessary but not sufficient for maintaining theological orthodoxy. Only a “single-source” view of scripture and tradition in which hermeneutical authority is given to the mutual interplay of Scripture and orthodox community—the method that the church practiced for mo … [Read more...]

Gerald McDermott on The Emerging Divide in Evangelical Theology

Here's the introduction: Imagine the scene. Ancient Jerusalem is at war. Its army is fighting far away. Behind the city walls, its old men, women and children nervously await word on what happened in battle. Their lives and future are at stake. Suddenly, a cry rings out from the sentries watching from the look-out points on top of the wall. "Your God reigns.." A rider approaching the wall has signaled victory. The whole city explodes in celebration. The word "evangelical" comes from this Hebrew … [Read more...]

George Weigel on the upcoming double papal canonizations

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Weigel writes: "I doubt that Pope Francis has heard of Ernie Banks, the Hall of Fame shortstop. But like “Mr. Cub,” whose love for baseball led him to exclaim “Let’s play two!” before Sunday doubleheaders in the 1950s, the pope from the end of the world seems to think that papal canonizations are better in tandem: hence the Sept. 30 announcement that Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II will be canonized together on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2014." >>>continue reading … [Read more...]

John Howard Yoder: Pacifist Aggressive

From Mark Oppenheimer at The New York Times: Can a bad person be a good theologian?All of us fall short of our ideals, of course. But there is a common-sense expectation that religious professionals should try to behave as they counsel others to behave. They may not be perfect, but they should not be louts or jerks.By that standard, few have failed as egregiously as John Howard Yoder, America’s most influential pacifist theologian. In his teaching at Notre Dame and elsewhere, and in bo … [Read more...]

Am I the Prodigal Son’s Brother?: Reflections on Pope Francis’ Interview

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Just published this over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: On Monday evening of this week, on a plane flight from Chicago to Philadelphia, I sat, amidst the poor lighting and the turbulence, transfixed, pouring over the pages of the Holy Father’s recently published interview, about which several on this page, and thousands elsewhere, have opined.  So, I was not reading it with fresh eyes, but rather through the prism of not only the New York Times, but also by way of the assessments o … [Read more...]

Dr. J., Religion, and the Bigotry of Superficial Sophistication

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That's the title of my most recent column over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: When I was a kid in the 1970s, most liberal-minded adults, in order to make sure you knew that they harbored no racial prejudices, often went out of their way to say what they thought were kind things about minorities – which actually revealed just the opposite. So, for example, after watching a television interview of the great professional basketball star Julius Erving (aka “Dr. J.”), one of my fathe … [Read more...]

Stephen H. Webb: In Defense of Dylan’s Voice

Over at First Things, my friend, Steve Webb, offers an apologetic for Bob Dylan's voice. Before you go there, you may want to listen to Zimmy, from a concert in Akron in April:  … [Read more...]

Interview with Catholic News Service: Natural Law and the New Evangelization

During my time in Rome in June, I was interviewed by the Catholic News Service. Here's the video: … [Read more...]


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