Civic/Social/Education / Theology/Religion

A Post-Stoicism of sorts

Rod Dreher, in a blog post for The American Conservative, ruined my morning on Tuesday. Quoting from Walker Percy’s epoch-making Christian existentialist novel The Moviegoer, Dreher uses Aunt Emily’s diatribe to her nephew Binx Bolling to illustrate a religious and social Stoicism still common to the South: “All these years I have been assuming that … Continue reading

Film/Music/Literature / Theology/Religion

Marilynne Robinson’s sort of Christianity

Mark O’Connell, a Dublin-based writer whose work has appeared in The Millions, Slate, The New York Times, and The Observer, has written the best discussion of Marilynne Robinson’s legacy I’ve read. At The New Yorker’s Page-Turner blog this week, O’Connell kicks off his essay by acknowledging a rare occurrence. “When I say that I love … Continue reading

Civic/Social/Education / Theology/Religion

Book burning has religious foundations

The Huffington Post is currently running a short piece and slideshow: Book Burning In History: Martin Luther To Harry Potter. The byline is somewhat misleading since the print below it focuses on, arguably, the most famous book burning incident in history–Berlin’s Opernplatz in 1933, when 40,000 Germans assembled to carry out a book-burning demonstration by torching the works … Continue reading