Monthly Archives: October 2013

Are we too responsible?

Tristyn Bloom on one aspect of pro-abortion thought that is often neglected: We often hear that a problem with young people today is that we are irresponsible. We don’t have a sense of duty. We don’t have a sense of … Continue reading

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Points of reference

Leah Libresco: But, in the defense of the soft-spoken, it’s hard to let the beating heart of your faith show when you speak about it primarily in the context of political or cultural controversy, or scholarly disputes where you’re summarizing … Continue reading

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A contemporary Schopenhauer

A prominent jeweller claims to have figured out the key to existence: The academics could be forgiven for never having heard of Summa Metaphysica’s author. But, in fact, he was far from unknown: David Birnbaum is a prominent figure in … Continue reading

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Gaiman on libraries and reading

One of Neil Gaiman’s lectures – a plea for the future of the library – has made its way into the Guardian. While some of it makes the questionable point that exposure to fiction makes people more sympathetic, there’s a … Continue reading

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Miscellaneous Thoughts

– St. Vladmir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary requires applicants to their M.Div program to undergo a music proficiency exam for choir placement. On the one hand, I would have been horrified if I had to undergo something like that to get … Continue reading

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A lack of subtlety

Rod Dreher: Fundamentalists don’t compromise. That is their strength. But it’s also their weakness. I went over a book the other day written by a theologically stout Evangelical (which is not the same thing as a fundamentalist). The book was … Continue reading

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Blowing stuff up in 3D

Jeffrey Overstreet: Whenever there is a major advance in special effects, there tends to be an accompanying blockbuster movie that dazzles audiences by showing of that “groundbreaking” capability. Viewers emerge bug-eyed, astonished, perhaps even speechless. And the film is heralded … Continue reading

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Philosophical diversion

This post is semi-inspired by a brief discussion elsewhere. It was suggested that, given the controversial nature of ethical theories, it is more reasonable to view them as expressions (or ad hoc justifications, I suppose) of subjective preferences until we … Continue reading

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