7 Quick Takes (1/25/12)

--- 1 --- Via io9, I found this beautiful, unconventionally animated story of a man who set off to kill Death.(Which naturally also reminded me of Mr. Teatime in Hogfather, which I heartily recommend). --- 2 --- Meanwhile in unconventional theatre news, First Things is reporting that a British theatre company is staging a sold-out production of John Rawls's A Theory of Justice: The Musical.  Here's the synopsis: In order to draw inspiration for his magnum opus, John Rawls travels back … [Read more...]

Yes, I am in favor of civil gay marriage!

Gay-Marriage just married

It looks like folks thought I was being coy in Sunday's post about the knock-on effects of gay marriage.  In fact, I was trying to avoid having the "gay marriage: yay or nay" debate hijack the point I was making: that the advent of gay marriage has made people pause and ask exactly what marriage is instead of embracing or rejecting it in a knee-jerk way.  The argument I was making didn't have the moral stature of gay marriage as a premise, and I wanted it to discuss something orthogonal to the us … [Read more...]

Questing for God in Land of Faerie

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Fare Forward, a new Christian magazine has just released its third issue.  Some articles are available to subscribers only, but my review of Philip Pullman's Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm is up today as one of the preview articles.  Check out my essay on learning moral law on the wrong side of the wardrobe, and check out the other topics in the issue to see if you'd like to subscribe.  Here's a teaser quote from my review: [W]hy does God feel so far from the magical world? Fairy tales are … [Read more...]

Pulling Off the New Vulgarity

I am cautiously optimistic for Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby, though, like pretty much everyone, I have some hugely unsettled and queasy feelings each time I watch the trailer below:The modern music is jarring, and the dancing looks lewd.  But I think that might be all to the good.  It's hard to manage vulgarity when it occurs in a period piece.  Flapper dresses are so much prettier and more embellished than my jeans and a t-shirt that it's hard to remember that, in their … [Read more...]

Waiting for Enemies to Die

martin luther king

There's an expression I've heard in the gay rights movement as a kind of rallying cry, "Every time you see an ambulance go by, it's either a supporter of gay rights being born, or an opponent dying."  I don't cite this line to single out the gay rights movement; I think most of us feel this way when we're in a fight.  For an example on the other side, look at the way Mark Shea used to call me and people like me 'brownshirts.'  A brownshirt isn't someone you negotiate with, it's someone you ne … [Read more...]

The Gay Marriage Debate I’m Looking Forward To


The Modern Love column that appears this week in The New York Times is written by a woman who found that gay marriage did have a big change on her own marriage: it made her feel more married.  I'll pull a few quotes, but pop over and read the whole thing. For me, marriage-role terminology carried too much baggage of a history I didn’t want. Although I could imagine the pride with which a new bride might have worked the words “my husband” into every sentence 60 years ago, I couldn’t get there mys … [Read more...]

Does Anyone Else Pray for Fictional Characters?

Battlestar Galactica

In a Catholic Mass, the whole ritual is subdivided into two basic parts: the Liturgy of the Word (where we read parts of the Old and New Testaments) and the Liturgy of the Eucharist, where Christ offers us his Body and Blood.  During the hinge point, where we move from one part to the other, is a section called named the General Intercessions or Prayers of the Faithful where someone will read out a list of prayer intentions for the congregation.I don't quite zone out during this section, but … [Read more...]