First two reviews for ‘Left Behind’


Gannett’s Bill Goodykuntz says, “‘Left Behind’ is a terrible movie, bad in almost every way, not even qualifying as so-bad-it’s-good material.” While Elizabeth Weitzman of The Daily News calls it a “failed epic — really, an epic failure.” [Read more...]

There’s your sign of the time (‘accommodating the prevailing culture,’ cont’d.)


December 1989 turned out to be probably the worst possible time ever to claim as a fact “the universal disaster of revolution.” The ink wasn’t even dry on poor Glenn Tinder’s assertion that “There is perhaps not a single example in our time of a determined effort to produce swift and sweeping change which has not ended in tyranny” before every other publication was dominated by news of example after example of that very thing. [Read more...]

Mr. Chesterton, Tear down that fence! (more on ‘accommodating the prevailing culture’)


“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up,” G.K. Chesterton said. That’s good advice. But Chesterton’s maxim works backwards as well as forwards. If we come to know that there’s no good reason for the fence — or only bad reasons for it — then we’re obliged to take it down. [Read more...]

If you’re fighting to preserve the status quo, you cannot accuse those who seek to change it of ‘accommodating to the prevailing culture’


Defending the status quo of the prevailing culture by accusing those trying to change it of “cultural accommodation” is self-refuting nonsense. It makes no sense — particularly when coupled with the narrative/assertion that says those seeking change are dangerous revolutionaries. Those two things cannot both be true. These people cannot both be radical revolutionaries threatening to overthrow the prevailing culture and also squishy conformists so desperate to be affirmed by that prevailing culture that they will redefine themselves to accommodate it. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (10.1)


“Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen.” [Read more...]

NRA: Prayer chain

If a prayer leaves Chicago at 5 p.m., traveling heavenward at the speed of sound ...

This is like one of those time-loop paradoxes from a time-travel sci-fi story. God intervenes to compel Loretta to pray for God to intervene to save Buck. Was someone else praying for God to “prompt” Loretta to pray? And, if so, was that person praying on their own, or were they also responding to divine prompting? How many loops and layers are at work here? [Read more...]

And just when I’d grown colder


I ask for help casting the movie based on televangelist Paul Crouch’s FBI file. Plus: affirmative consent, advertising upselling, the Devil’s advocacy, 15 yards for a Muslim Tebow, convertible grace, and subsidiarity — it’s on us. [Read more...]

Gatekeepers and clumsy magicians


Watching Ricky Jay perform will teach you what magic tricks are supposed to look like, but no matter how closely you watch him, you won’t ever learn how the trick is done. To learn that, you need to watch someone who isn’t a master at the craft. The clumsier and more inept the magician, the more you’ll be able to see how the trick works. That’s why it can be instructive, sometimes, to check in with our old friends at the Institute on Religion and Democracy. [Read more...]