A curated selection of articles of interest from the past two weeks related to Christianity and culture.
News et cetera
What teenagers are learning from online porn. “It gets in your head,” Q. said. “If this girl wants it, then maybe the majority of girls want it.” [NYT]
A recovering sex and porn addict tells all: a review of her recent book. [NYT]
Let’s ban porn. “So if you want better men by any standard, there is every reason to regard ubiquitous pornography as an obstacle — and to suspect that between virtual reality and creepy forms of customization, its influence is only likely to get worse.” [NYT]
“Andy Warhol’s [Catholic] devotion was almost surreal.” [Catholic Herald]
How going on pilgrimage cured my millennial malaise. [Spectator]
A book review by James K.A. Smith: How to find God (on YouTube) [LA Review of Books]
Men without conviction, churches without people. “These three episodes illustrate a larger point: “Secularization” is not something that just happened to western Europe, like the Black Death.” [First Things]“What students know that experts don’t: School is all about signaling, not skill-building” [LA Times]
Silicon Valley’s tax-avoiding, job-killing, soul-sucking machine. “Four companies dominate our daily lives unlike any other in human history: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. We love our nifty phones and just-a-click-away services, but these behemoths enjoy unfettered economic domination and hoard riches on a scale not seen since the monopolies of the gilded age. The only logical conclusion? We must bust up big tech.” [Esquire]
Jeff Session’s comments on “the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement” don’t prove he’s NOT a white supremacist. “In that sense, “Anglo-American” is not a racial or an ethnic modifier, it is a deliberately national one—or, at least, it should be. Not everyone has had a week in law school, though, and Sessions’s remarks, which stung many who heard them (the N.A.A.C.P. called them “racially tinged”), were clearly clumsy.” [New Yorker]
A throw back rendition of Three Dog Night’s “One.” Man, I miss the 60s. If you were wonder, Three Dog Night can still rock it out… and their videography only gets better with time. Happy Valentine’s Day!