7 Quick Takes (2/24/11)

--1-- Welcome, visitors from Jen's blog!  If you've got a spare moment, I'd appreciate your advice about possible Lenten disciplines I should consider.  Last year was a big bust for me.  --2-- The Guardian had a very interesting series of essays on the impact of the King James translation of the Bible.  The first essay is by novelist Jeanette Winterson who wrote Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, a quasi-memoir I am very fond of.  She wrote: Even now, the phrasing of the King James has … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (2/18/11)

--1-- Earlier this week, I used an essay I had written about shame to talk about some of the ways that Christian metaphysics seem to match my ethics (part of a series of posts inspired by Chesterton).  I'm going to respond to a few of the questions on the most recent post, but it seems like interest/confusion is petering out.  If you have a question on those topics I haven't answered, pleas comment this weekend, so I get the chance to respond. --2-- Ok, so this is just totally bizarre.  There … [Read more...]

7 Quick Sondheims

It's not Friday, but I wanted to share a round-up of my love songs for Valentine's Day.  The trouble is that all my favorites are by Stephen Sondheim, so they tend to be too snarky, self-aware, or sad to actually sing to someone in a romantic context, so I'm sharing them with you instead. --1-- To give you an idea of the problem, let's start with a song from Passion, the only musical Stephen Sondheim says he wrote entirely without irony.Here's the moment when Giorgio returns Fosca's l … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (2/11/11)

--1-- Yesterday, I posted about why I have a big problem with atheist activist P.Z. Myers.  A lot of my commenters have turned out to disagree with me that it is wrong for atheists to desecrate the Eucharist.  I'm going to respond to some of their arguments in a post that will go up around 9am today, but, in the meantime, feel free to weigh in. --2-- One of the worst reported stories this week was the debut of the iPhone Confession app, so I just want to use one of these quick takes to clear u … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (2/4/11)

--1-- It's Superbowl weekend, and this will be a series of Superbowl-related takes, but, to clarify, I'm decidedly anti-football.  And I'm not opposed to football the same lazy, uninterested way I'm opposed to watching baseball or basketball.  Football, because of its high concussion and traumatic brain injury rate is uniquely awful and destructive.  --2--If you want a quick overview to the problem of concussions in football, start with Malcolm Gladwell's New Yorker article "Of … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (1/28/11)

--1--Hi visitors from Conversion Diary, and welcome.  This week I've been focusing on a defence of covenant marriage from a non-religious perspective, which is still in progress (the next post in the series will go up this afternoon).For regular readers of this blog, I'm going to respond to some of the questions raised by yesterday's post this weekend, but, in the meantime, I thought I'd share this very apropos cartoon from Dinosaur Comics:--2--Chris Stefanick wrote a great take-down … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (1/21/11)

--1-- Earlier this week, I posted the lengthy list of books that readers recommended in response to my New Year's Challenge.  I've been looking through the list, and I'm narrowing down some books to start with.  This Sunday, I'll be posting my thoughts about Lee Strobel's The Case for Faith, a book I was in the middle of before I solicited suggestions.  The books that follow are the one's I'm most inclined to read next, so they may be showing up on a "Sunday's Good Book" feature sooner rather th … [Read more...]