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And he does so calmly, clearly, charitably, and intelligently. Take a look from the show that aired this past April,

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Did I mention with wit too? Nice job Ross! TMIMITW, and I, both raise our glasses to you.

Fr. Robert Barron critiques Douthat’s book in a timely video here, where the Americanist Heresy is discussed at length.

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  • Faith

    Wow, two great clips! Thanks for posting them.

  • http://www.bedlamorparnassus.blogspot.com Magister Christianus

    First of all, I love TMIMITW! My students designed a Latin Club shirt that featured his face with the line, “I do not always speak another language, but when I do, loquor Latine. Stay Roman, my friends.” There are endless spinoffs of those commercials.

    Okay…on to the Maher video. I have avoided Maher for years and have never watched his current show. It was interesting to see just how similar he is to Bill O’Reilly. They both try to talk over their guests. You could see in Maher’s face that he was not listening to Douthat, but was merely organizing his thoughts to make his own next comment. That said, Douthat was fantastic. His behavior is the model for intelligent, civil discourse. I am going to have to check out more by this guy. Thanks for sharing!

    • Frank Weathers

      You could see that Maher wanted to stick with the literalist viewpoint, even as Douthat explained Catholic understanding of scriptures (which is some are literal, and other allegorical, etc.) doesn’t fly that way.

  • Greg Cook

    Kudos to Ross Douthat for calmly walking into the lion’s den, and for courageously agreeing to write for the NY Times. It’s great that many conservative Catholics (and others) are recognizing Douthat’s fine qualities as a writer, gentleman, and Christian public intellectual. I only wish some of the same admirers would go back and read Douthat’s fine (co-authored) book from a few years ago (“Grand New Party”) about how Republicans could shake off the toxic legacy of the GW Bush years. It was a book chock-full of ideas about how the R’s could continue to provide plausible and positive policy alternatives to post-modern liberalism. Apparently no one in Republican leadership paid attention, and the overriding strategy became one of just saying NO to Mr. Obama. “Put no trust in princes, in sons of men, in whom there is no salvation.”

  • Doug Thornton

    Thank you so much for sharing these videos. I am especially gratified to see Fr. Barron talk about the American Exceptionalism heresy. For many many years, I have been sceptical of this conflation of the American ideal and the gospel message, not only in the Protestent ( heretical by nature ) denominations but also too often in Catholic parishes. Holy Mass is NOT the tea party at prayer.

    I am also gratified that it was YOU that shared these videos. As a regular reader of your blog I have always thought that you were a little too attached to your Marine background, that you conveyed an unappealing and disingenuous attachment to your military service.

    Unappealing , because pride in serving one’s country in that way is specious. Working for a corrupt and murderous government is not anything to take pride in.

    Disingenuous, because you are not Joe six-pack, jar-head. Sorry to inform you Mr. Weathers, anyone discussing the writing of Chesterton and Belloc or any of the other thinkers and authors that you constantly cite and refer to disqualifies you as a joe-six-pack.

    Pax et bonum,
    Doug

    • Frank Weathers

      Thanks for your comment Doug, and for your patronage. My only quibble with what you wrote is that you may have overstepped yourself by conflating serving one’s country with “working for a corrupt and murderous government” as if by doing the one (an opinion you hold, varying somewhere between True and False), one is also intentionally doing the other, despite the fact that this calling (service in the military) may indeed be your appointed vocation, at least while one is young, and healthy enough, to bear it. I wrote at length on this issue in Because Christ is a Warrior (Then, So Am I). The Church herself doesn’t dishonor folks for serving their countries.

      I, for one, was called to that vocation at an early age (8, I think) and was never happier than when I pursued it as my life’s work in my younger days. Early in my military career, being a Marine was 90% of my persona. I do not deny that. But over time, and especially since I hopped on the path to conversion (an ongoing one, mind you) I have since noted that this percentage has been dialed back to about 10%, and declining, though it will never drop to zero. The state of the world is fallen, and yet we are called to various vocations throughout our sojourn here. Whether one works for themselves (business owner, say, or as a professional), or as an employee of a business, government, hospital, Church, even as one called to a religious vocation, it is naive to think that one is working in a pure environment, unstained by corruption and the signs of our fallenness. And yet, we must soldier on.

      And is it disingenuous to call myself Joe Six-Pack from time to time? Just because a guy can read? Went to UCLA? And can rebuild motors? And feed his family with his marksmanship skills? And like, nay love, St. Bridgid and her awesome prayer? Perhaps within the subset of Catholic bloggers, see, that sobriquet is one used to merely alert folks that “a dilettante ain’t writing here.” ;)


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