Resolved: The World Would Be Better Off Without Stale, Question-Begging Public ‘Debates’

This report on a debate at NYU on the subject “The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion” is depressing. If one is going to produce a staged re-enactment of a late-night dorm-room bull session — without even the benefit of pizza and alcohol that such conversations generally require — then at least try not [Read More...]

The 10 Commandments (binary)


“’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”   [Read more...]

The real-life American Robin Hood


Robin Hood Who: Unstoppable, death-defying, badass revolutionary outlaw who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. Historical Accuracy: Some slight possible real-life basis for the legendary hero of folklore, but probably not much. On screen: IMDB lists 125 movies and television shows featuring the adventures of Robin Hood, including several big-budget Hollywood features. [Read More...]

History buffs should be reading Brad DeLong

This is just a note to any history buffs who haven’t yet discovered Brad DeLong’s “Liveblogging World War II” series. DeLong’s been doing this for more than a year, posting contemporary accounts from all sides of that conflict 60 years to the day after they were originally written or spoken. On Nov. 13, for example, [Read More...]

Smart people saying smart things

Joseph Stiglitz: “To Cure the Economy“ Government plays a central role in financing the services that people want, like education and health care. And government-financed education and training, in particular, will be critical in restoring competitiveness in Europe and the US. But both have chosen fiscal austerity, all but ensuring that their economies’ transitions will [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

Luke 12:2-3 Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the housetops. [Read more...]

“Frustratingly incomplete”

I’m reading N.T. Wright’s Simply Christian. It is, quite intentionally, his attempt at something like C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. It aims to be both a persuasive introduction for outsiders and a guide to the essence of the faith for insiders. I think it’s probably stronger in the latter capacity, but its approach to the former [Read More...]

Emily open thread

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant – Success in Circuit lies Too bright for our infirm Delight The Truth’s superb surprise As Lightening to the Children eased With explanation kind The Truth must dazzle gradually Or every man be blind – – Emily Dickinson [Read more...]