2010-10-08

Date: 
Friday, October 8, 2010

Privileged Childhood

In the summer of 1983 my favorite day was Tuesday, when Fr. Stu would pick me up at my aunt’s house and take me golfing and then to lunch. Fr. Stu was from Las...

The Magdalene, the mosque & marriage

BETTER IN GREEK I enjoyed Robert Kiely’s very interesting and thorough overview of the historical identity of Mary Magdalene and, in particular, of the various it...

The Sacred Poem

T.S. Eliot wrote that “Dante and Shakespeare divide the modern world between them; there is no third.” I think Eliot got the order right, and not only...

Restless

Which of the Ten Commandments is, in practice, the most neglected? For sheer volume of violations, anyone with an iPad (or without one) could help make a convincing...

Eternal Life for Atheists

In these two closely connected volumes, the Princeton philosopher Mark Johnston argues for the following conclusions. First, that refusing to identify God as an...

Graphic Violence

The graphic novel has emerged from its expanded comic-book, detective-thriller, and pulp-fiction origins to become a powerful literary genre. Belying its name, the...

Apples & Oranges?

Stephen Prothero, a professor at Boston University, is fast becoming our national tutor in Religion 101. America’s most visible advocate of—and advertisement for—...

The New Jerusalem

Who knew that seventeenth-century Puritan John Winthrop, governor of Massachusetts, allowed a reality-TV crew to follow him around? A hand-held camera has captured...

In the Details

I don’t go to demonic-possession movies expecting to encounter interesting characters, but The Last Exorcism has them, and that’s what raises Daniel Stamm’s faux...

Building Wall

Frost had it right, I suppose. Walls divide. But something there is that needs to build one. Maybe it’s the feel of swung steel slice- gouging and pitching stubborn...

Radical, OP

Che Guevara once wrote that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love. For some—especially those over fifty—that remark will call up the illusions...

How to Shut Up

I bought my first rosary in 1960. It was plastic and pink, and it cost a dime. Our Catholic school had mandated that all first-graders purchase a rosary from the...