7 Quick Takes (3/25/11)

--1-- Last week, I really enjoyed the conversations sparked by my post on seven common atheist misconceptions about Catholicism (inspired by Jen's post that covered the vice versa problem).   This week, I want to highlight some of the resources and clarifications that people contributed to the post.  I should have a guest post or two going up soon in response to atheist questions about how Catholics read the bible, but I'd welcome more contributors.  Check out this call for exegetical guest post … [Read more...]

The Atheist’s Guide to Catholics in 7 Quick Takes (3/18/11)

This week, Jen of Conversion Diary (the gracious host of this blog carnival) wrote a piece for her new gig at the National Catholic Register called "The Catholic's Guide to Atheists."  A recent convert to Catholicism, Jen tried to debunk some misconceptions many Catholics has about atheists.  In this week's Quick Takes, I'll try to return the favor.  Corrections and quibbles welcome!  And if you've got a frequently made mistake that rankles, post it in the comments and I might add it as a bonus t … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (3/11/11)

--1-- I've been working on my senior essay and I'd like to spread the misery around.  So this week's Quick Takes are a round up of aggravating social developments (though I promise a respite at the end).  --2-- I was pretty dubious about David Brook's new book The Social Animal when I read the awful excerpt of it in The New Yorker.  My suspicions were confirmed when I read Will Wilkinson's review.  Feel free to forward to anyone considering buying the book.  Here's an excerpt: The la … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (3/4/11)

--1-- I've almost made it to Spring Break (also known as lock-myself-in-a-room-and-write-my-senior-thesis-for-two-weeks-so-why-the-heck-is-it-called-break?), so I'll be able to catch up on neglected posts and comments soon.  Today I'll have a roundup of your comments and my responses to my plea for suggestions for Lenten sacrifices.  If you've been waiting to add your two cents, jump in this morning!  After that, I'll finally be able to jump back into the discussion Alex Knapp, Eli of Rust Be … [Read more...]

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...]