On Value-Neutral Bravery


Back before I went off to awesome, wacky summer camp (a few more things to come on that, by the way), I was writing a series of posts on martyrdom, pacifism, drone strikes and other problems of offering resistance.   And it turns out, looking over some of the posts I missed, I wasn't the only Patheos blogger wondering whether you can praise courage regardless of what exactly the person you're admiring is steeling herself to do. I was talking about drone strikes and David French is talking about h … [Read more...]

Welcome Permission to Live to Patheos!

catholic darth

What a get!  I just found out from my RSS reader that Melissa of Permission to Live is moving to Patheos.  She grew up in a very Quiverful/Patriarchal strain of Christianity and has told the story of her journey in a very brave and beautiful way.  Here's an excerpt from her "Why I blog" tab: I find it ironic when I get input from readers and other people within the Christian home school community on how my parents were so extreme. The comment will often go something like this. “Wow, you’re paren … [Read more...]

7 Quick Olympic Takes (8/3/12)

--- 1 --- Tis the season for interesting Olympics stories!   Though, since I'm not that interested in sports, most of my clips are a little peripheral to the actual standings.  I'll lead off with my favorite: the Atlantic's discussion of how people set up the mikes for the events. Let's take archery. "After hearing the coverage in Barcelona at the '92 Olympics, there were things that were missing. The easy things were there. The thud and the impact of the target -- that's a no brainer -- and a … [Read more...]

I’m only writing once on Chik-fil-a

Seriously, I thought it was pronounced Chick-fil-uh.That's not the main reason I haven't posted on this topic (though it did mean I was kind of embarrassed when the subject came up among friends).   This just seems like a news story where there are only a couple things to be said, and most people are just repeating them (but with more and more vehemence).  Anyway, here's the selection of hackneyed thoughts I agree with, and then one probably not original one at the end. Don't use … [Read more...]

Leah Libresco’s Sing-Along-Blog

I'd like to try out a new kind of post/talkback opportunity this week.  I'm having my birthday party this week, and my plan is to make all of my very nice friends watch two Sondheim musicals with me (Company and Passion) and then have a discussion about the telos of love and marriage.  Plus cake.Passion is really weird and a little tough to track down (though, in case this is an inducement to order it, after I saw it staged, I told a friend I thought it was a Nietzschean horror story about th … [Read more...]

I’m speaking at the CIC tomorrow

I'm going to be doing a conversation at the DC Catholic Information Center tomorrow evening, so DC readers are invited to come out.  The discussion is titled "The Problem of Good" and you can find the details at the linked Facebook event.  There may be a podcast, I'll let you know if one turns up. … [Read more...]

Which Voldemort is Scariest?

London Olympics Opening Ceremony

Unsurprisingly, I was rereading Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality on the way back from Bayes Camp (specifically chapters 19 and 20). And, between that and the really bizarre and delightful Olympic opening ceremonies, I ended up wondering whether Canon!Voldemort or HPMOR!Voldemort was scarier.That's not the same question as which of them would win in a fight. It's clearly the HPMOR version. I was wondering which of them would be more terrifying to live in the same world with. When I … [Read more...]