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Your age = your views on market, morals

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…because, says this surprisingly detailed analysis from the dating site (!) OkCupid, people swing wildly in their economic and social views depending on age. Excerpt: » Both socially and economically, teenagers prefer an anything-goes type situation. » But as these […]

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How to admit that you were wrong

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A reader forwards this LA Times column by Tim Rutten, who wonders what prominent American Catholics who had publicly defended the Legionaries of Christ founder Marcial Maciel from abuse charges will do now that the late Maciel has been revealed […]

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Orwell, Havel and the power of truth-telling

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Two days ago, a car in front of me featured a bumper sticker with the following quote: “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell. Other stickers on that car’s bumper included […]

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Tactless Erykah Badu gets naked at JFK death site

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Well, this is probably the most interesting thing to happen at Dealey Plaza since 1963: in her new video (see it here — thanks to the magic of pixilation, it’s safe for work), singer Erykah Badu takes all her clothes […]

Against politicizing love and relationships

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Ricky Martin’s self-outing has Megan McArdle thinking: Why do we think that our love lives are such a central part of our existence that we cannot be perfectly whole unless we’ve shared the major details with the world? I’m not […]

The healing power of beauty

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From reader Michael Wenberg in Walla Walla: So much bad news lately, but wanted to share something quite beautiful that happened over the weekend. I’m CEO of a small town symphony orchestra that has been around since 1907 (I also […]

Jordan Brown: Lost boy, lost family

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A reader writes: Have you heard about the 11 year-old Western Pennsylvania boy, Jordan Brown, who killed his father’s live-in fiancée, who was pregnant with their child, with a shotgun? He is now, at 12 years old, to be tried […]

Passover: No strangers at Sharon’s table

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On today, the first day of Passover, Sharon Astyk writes about welcoming the stranger. Excerpt: One of the central pieces of the Passover story, then, which is so important we tell it twice, on two separate nights, is this – […]

Self-esteem not the same as self-respect

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So says Theodore Dalrymple, whose regular readers know was a prison physician. Excerpt: The problem with low self-esteem is not self-dislike, as is often claimed, but self-absorption. However, it does not follow from this that high self-esteem is not a […]

“Scarface” by second graders

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Look at this:Could this thing really have happened in a school? Or is this a viral fake? If it was staged in a school, what sort of INSANE teachers and principals let this happen? And if it’s a fake, it […]

The lonesome death of Phoebe Prince

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Prosecutors in Massachusetts have taken the unusual step of filing felony charges against nine teenagers who allegedly bullied 15-year-old Phoebe Prince so badly that she hanged herself. Good on those prosecutors. If these kids are convicted, I hope they all […]

Waterboard the Christian militia loons!

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Not really. I don’t believe in torture. Still, I wonder how people who do believe in waterboarding terrorism suspects to make ‘em tell what they know would feel about applying that technique to the nine members of the fanatical Christian […]

Are you a hegan? Would you date one?

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Well, if you’re an Orthodox Christian man, you’d better be a hegan (male vegan) now, this last week of Lent. The Boston Globe examines heganism (versus sheganism?) as a masculinist cultural phenomenon. Excerpt: Three years later, sipping a yerba mate […]

A culture that hates asceticism

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I had a great conversation with a new friend on a train ride today. I don’t think he’s religious at all, but we got to talking about Lent, and asceticism. He said that it’s no surprise to him that American […]

“Neigh” doesn’t always mean no, darling

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From — believe it or not — Scientific American, research psychologist Jesse Bering’s charming reflections on how science is paving the way for an even wider celebration of diversity. Excerpt: In any event, philosophical questions aside, I simply find it […]

Economics as if people existed

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David Brooks writes today about how economists failed to understand the behavior leading up to the crash — and why. Excerpt: In Act IV, in other words, economists are taking baby steps into the world of emotion, social relationships, imagination, […]

Food stamps at … Whole Foods?!

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And you thought people on food stamps only bought buckets o’ crap: “I’m sort of a foodie, and I’m not going to do the ‘living off ramen’ thing,” he said, fondly remembering a recent meal he’d prepared of roasted rabbit […]

Social Security going broke faster

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For the first time ever, Social Security will pay out more in benefits this year than it will have taken in — a threshold on the way to the system’s insolvency that Social Security wasn’t expected to reach till 2016. […]

Manners make the Mom

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To the young mother sitting across from me on the Acela: Look, I know it’s tough to deal with a screaming toddler. We’ve all been there. Traveling with little ones can be really hard. I am pleased to be patient […]

Two cheers for Red Toryism

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Phillip Blond played to a packed house at Villanova last night. In the audience was our longtime blog friend Franklin Evans, who turned me into a newt, then joshingly relented. A good time was had by all, I think. Having […]

The beloved community

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Here’s a blurry Facebook photo (clearer version here) of my sister Ruthie and her husband Mike at last week’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in St. Francisville. This is the first time I’ve seen her since her hair fell out and […]

The worst are full of passionate intensity

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This is not (or rather, no longer) a political blog. But what appears in the comboxes on Jim Antle’s AmSpec story about pro-life Democrats and the health care compromise is not about politics at all. It’s about pathology, the decline […]

Roger Scruton: Stealing from churches

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I’ve been thinking today about the things I heard at the Phillip Blond event, and hope to post a response sometime tomorrow. I want to say, though, that while in Washington, I bought a (startlingly expensive paperback) book of Roger […]

Truth and advertising

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“If we don’t believe that truth exists, and is knowable to us, then it’s nothing but advertising.” – Phillip Blond, at Georgetown this afternoon. David Rieff: Here is the management guru Tom Peters writing in Fast Company in early 2009: […]

The holiness of Down syndrome kids

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A Philadelphia reader passes along this deeply moving essay by a Catholic mother of a Down syndrome child, responding to some vandals who stole photos of Down children from a website, and reposted them making fun of the kids and […]

Red Toryism lands in America

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Greetings from Georgetown, where we heard tonight the English public intellectual Philip Blond introduce Red Toryism to an American audience. Blond is an engaging speaker and and real optimist about the possibility of positive political change (at dinner tonight after […]

On sex abuse, Benedict now vs. then

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This story on Pope Benedict and the current sex abuse crisis reminds me once again why John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter is an invaluable source in helping us understand what’s happening and why. It’s a long story, but […]

A final word on obesity

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I’m not going to be able to blog much today, because I’ll be busy in Washington, but I wanted to say a final word on the obesity thread. First, I want to thank you who have shared your painful personal […]

Social structures that promote obesity

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Sorry to keep up with the obesity blogging, but I’ve been running across science-based articles today that shed some light, possibly, on the psychology, both social and individual, of obesity. New and occasional readers should know that I place my […]

Red Tory Philip Blond at Georgetown

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Longtime readers may recall my blogging last year about the work of Philip Blond, the English theologian and political economist who advocates “Red Toryism,” a conservative middle way advocating for a strong civil society to mediate between the excesses of […]

What’s your food and weight story?

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As a way to think and talk around the controversy over obesity and weight control in earlier threads, I’m thinking it might be good to start a thread in which people who have struggled with food and weight issues — […]

The hard road fat people walk

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Ta-Nehisi Coates: I’m not clear on precisely how much shame can actually help. It’s shame that’s created our absurd McWeightLoss culture where Octomom takes to the cover of celebrity magazines to show off her new bikini body, and retired athletes […]

Freedom and the fat of the land

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This revolting Donna Simpson person weighs 602 pounds, and is trying to get to 1,000 pounds. Why? She makes her money with a website in which pervs (like her kinky boyfriend) pay to watch her shove food in her mouth […]

John Paul II and the mall girls

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Journalist Sandro Magister: In June 1991 John Paul II returned to his native Poland for the fourth time. The Wall had fallen, the soviet empire was in pieces. But the pope refused to celebrate. On the contrary, he had never […]

America’s missing tragic sense

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I basically agree with Ross Douthat that one problem with American life, especially American political life, is that in this country, we don’t know how to handle tragedy. We like our narratives simple and clear. Writes Ross: But the idea […]

The Decline and Fall of Basicland

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In a brief about the religion of capitalism, David Rieff points us to this parable from Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett’s longtime investment partner, who imagines Basicland, a spendthrift nation that ignored the wisdom of self-discipline and thus could not arrest […]

Mexican stoicism, American optimism

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In a melancholy meditation on the deeply flawed character of Cesar Chavez, Richard Rodriguez offers this: The speech Chavez had written during his hunger strike of 1968, wherein he compared the UFW to David fighting Goliath, announced the Mexican ­theme: […]

The real Rielle Hunter

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When I posted a few weeks ago this link to a Newsweek piece in praise of Rielle Hunter’s silence, I speculated timidly but hopefully (along with the author) that her silence in the sordid John Edwards matter perhaps indicated that […]

Free speech vs. gay rights

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On The Atlantic’s site, Wendy Kaminer writes: An openly gay student seeking a graduate degree in counseling at a state university is expelled for refusing to agree that homosexuality is immoral and declining to enter an anti-gay indoctrination program. An […]

Chicken keeping as a feminist act

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Attention Julie Dreher! Attention Leonore Owsley! Attention Jacqueline Hill! Attention all hen-keeping women of the blogosphere! Did you know that keeping chickens is a feminist act? The New York Times Magazine says so. Excerpt: All of these gals — these […]

Black Diamonds of West Virginia

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I spoke to my sister Ruthie tonight, who sounded strong and upbeat, despite a new chemo blast yesterday. She mentioned that she and Mike had received in the mail a card from the Black Diamonds, the nickname of the West […]

The Great Deconstruction

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Don’t feel too sorry for Greece in its financial agony. Get a load of this: ATHENS — Vasia Veremi may be only 28, but as a hairdresser in Athens, she is keenly aware that, under a current law that treats […]

Why did Kansas City’s public schools fail?

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The Kansas City school board finally got around to doing what ought to have been done years ago: close about half of the city’s public schools. It’s quite a shock to the city, and understandably so; to lose half your […]

The plastic surgery plague

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“Plastic surgery has everything to do with how a person feels about him or herself. There’s no such thing as too much.” – Joan Rivers. Gawker is right: How come people still keep getting plastic surgery? Excerpt: Call me naive, […]

How rock killed the Soviet Union

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A Soviet dissident tells it: I was 18, and not entirely pop-illiterate: the “Beatli,” the “Rollingi” and the Monkees were always seeping out of friends’ tape recorders, opening up new, unknown sounds and spaces. But all that was anticipation; it […]

What do Americans worship?

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David Rieff asks: As a thought experiment, pretend you are a complete innocent, knowing nothing about this society (I am talking here about the developed world as a whole–not just the Golden Calf that conservatives and liberals alike have made […]

White Barbie, black Barbie, blue Walmart

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Poor Walmart. Yes, you read that right: the Crunchy Con officially feels sorry for Walmart this afternoon. Why? This nonsense: Walmart is raising eyebrows after cutting the price of a black Barbie doll to nearly half of that of the […]

Your living will may be invalid

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Reader Helen writes: I thought of your blog when I saw this post at the NY Times’s New Old Age blog. Apparently a new directive from Catholic bishops requires assisted nutrition and hydration in all Catholic hospitals and nursing homes, […]

The free market vs. moral character

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Jonah Goldberg doesn’t like the way we at Templeton framed our recent symposium discussion, “Does the free market erode moral character?” Excerpt: I love the Templeton Foundation and I think they do fantastic work. But questions like “Does the Free […]

New Right, New Left, Old Utopia

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I’ve been thinking off and on all day about what to say about David Brooks’ provocative column today, in which he compares the Tea Party Right of today with the New Left of the 1960s. Here’s an excerpt: But the […]

What a bad teacher can do

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We are accustomed to narratives praising good teachers and the difference they’ve made in the lives of their students. But I don’t think I’ve ever read one about what a bad teacher has wrought in a student’s life — until […]

“There’s Never Enough Morphine”

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My dad, I’m pleased to say, has quit smoking. After seeing what his daughter is going through with her lung cancer, he stopped cold turkey, after a lifetime of the habit. Talking to him on the phone driving into work […]

Finding humanity amid pornography’s evil

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I believe pornography is evil, without qualification. The human degradation it exemplifies nauseates me, and I am firmly convinced that people who expose themselves to it harden their hearts, especially toward women, and steadily lose their own sense of human […]

Does the Internet undermine our democracy?

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Reader Indy raises an interesting question: Have you ever considered the impact of Internet discourse on potential loss of trust in Americans in each other? Until I started reading messages boards ten years ago, I didn’t realize how readily some […]

The crisis next time

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Panel of top economists, financiers and former regulators warns that the financial meltdown of 2008 may have been just the beginning. Excerpt: In the report, the panel, that includes Rob Johnson of the United Nations Commission of Experts on Finance […]

Does moral action require rational thought?

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What do you think? My answer is, “Mostly, no.” I believe virtue is mostly a matter of habit. This is not to say that reason has nothing to do with morality; obviously there are many dilemmas that require serious moral […]

Father Rick and the countersign

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Here is a riveting account by the great Matt Labash of Father Rick Frechette, a Catholic priest from Connecticut, and his ministry among the people of Haiti, a country that is the closest thing to hell on Earth. He really […]

The Little Way of Ruthie Leming

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This morning we at Templeton launched a new online version of our magazine In Character, which ceases print publication with its current issue. IC is going to be a web-only publication now, and will be updated frequently. Check it out […]

How Millennial are you?

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Via Sullivan, the Pew Center’s online quiz to see how much you have in common with the Millennial Generation (whose members were born starting in 1981). I scored 50; Gen Xers (1965-1980) average a score of 33; 70 is the […]

Against single moms in combat

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Mary Eberstadt looks at the moral problem of sending single mothers to the combat zone. Excerpt: The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America reported that 30,000 single mothers had served in those two war zones as of March 2009. In […]

Love and “suffering with”

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In common parlance, the word compassion is taken to mean exceptional niceness, or an emotional state of unusual sympathy. That’s true, I suppose, but it shortchanges the real meaning of the word. Compassion comes from the Latin roots meaning, “to […]

Is Rielle Hunter actually the grown-up here?

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I have a friend who is very shy by nature. He learns a lot about people simply by virtue of his reticence to speak. People often assume he agrees with them, simply because he keeps his own counsel (not out […]

A bad bit of biddy

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Boing Boing posted this very short children’s parable from an old storybook. It’s kind of strange and compelling. Take a look: What do you think it means? Do you think it has a different meaning for parents and children? I […]

Our beautiful, horrible cancer day

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Back home in the country from a long day at the hospital. The word from the oncologist was pretty grim. Ruthie is in Stage Four. They rushed Ruthie into radiation therapy at once after he read her latest MRI results. […]

The theology of illness

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On the way out the door to the airport yesterday, I pulled a few books off my shelf that I thought might be useful reading in the days to come. One I grabbed was a thin but rich book by […]

The good doctors do

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A New York Times story today about doctors who rushed to Haiti to do rescue work, and who feel emotionally broken over those they weren’t able to help contains this haunting passage: In Uganda, three weeks away from her return […]

Jamie Oliver and Lent

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Jamie Oliver’s wonderful TED talk about fighting obesity in America:Lent is almost upon us liturgical Christians, and we’ll be thinking about food, and about repentance. Anybody have any ideas about what we can do in our own lives to change […]

How joblessness will change American families

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Sharon Astyk forwards to me a link to a massive and important new story in the new issue of The Atlantic, which speculates as to how the psychological scars of unemployment and underemployment (including a shaky job market) is likely […]

He made you want to be good

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A novelist I was listening to on the radio the other day spoke about how difficult it is to portray goodness effectively in fiction. Evil, she said, tends to manifest itself in dramatic strokes, but goodness is usually more subtle, […]

David Rieff, on our self-blinding

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David Rieff is just back from India, and finds America to be sleepwalking its way to a bad place. Excerpt: It is in the manufacturing of an ersatz reality based on lies–or, in our present case, on the eliding of […]

As goes Greece, so go we all?

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Niall Ferguson says the fiscal black hole that is Greece may not be merely a Eurozone problem. As goes Greece, so go we all. Excerpt: For the world’s biggest economy, the US, the day of reckoning still seems reassuringly remote. […]

The miracle of forgiveness

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After last night’s bleak post about man’s inhumanity to man, I wanted to counter with a post about something awesome: man’s capacity for forgiveness and healing. On my Templeton-Cambridge seminar last summer, my friend and colleague Amy Sullivan presented a […]

Atheism and our inhuman nature

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On the drive to work this morning, I listened to a Mars Hill Audio Journal interview with the Orthodox Christian theologian David Bentley Hart , in which Hart discussed his book “Atheist Delusions,” which attacks Ditchkins et alia. In the […]

Grindr and the problem of technology

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The late media critic Neil Postman famously observed that the rise of broadcast media meant the end of childhood. His point was that childhood as a period of relative innocence is a socially constructed phenomenon, and is possible only when […]

Moralistic Therapeutic Politics

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You’ve heard of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism, the approach to religion that sees God as a heavenly Dr. Phil, only to be consulted when we have a problem, which He’s supposed to solve, but otherwise Someone we would prefer would stay […]

Young adults: lost without a map

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I keep telling you that you need to subscribe to Mars Hill Audio Journal, and sure enough, every time I listen to a new edition, I marvel at how terrific Ken Myers’ interviews are, and how nobody is doing anything […]

Should “Mein Kampf” be published in Germany?

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The government of Bavaria holds the copyright on Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” and has exercised that right to prevent its publication for 70 years. But that copyright expires in 2015, and the Times reports there’s a controversy over whether the book […]

Who’s your ancient Greek philosophy guru?

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Mark Vernon created a fun online quiz to help you figure yours out. Here’s mine, along with a Vernon online video bit about him: Your recommended philosophy-guru is ZENO OF CITIUM.Key fact: He taught in a stoa, the Athenian supermarket, […]

When social science won’t cooperate

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I have avoided blogging about gay marriage since starting this new blog, because without fail, gay marriage threads on Crunchy Con were examples of 99 percent heat/1 percent light. This new blog is not meant to be polemical, especially not […]

The language of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

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This morning on the way in I was listening to an old episode of the unfailingly excellent and indispensable Mars Hill Audio Journal, in which sociologist Christian Smith discussed his findings about American youth and Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. I was […]

Oxytocin, the con man’s secret weapon

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So, we’ve been in a big day-long meeting at the Foundation, and one of the things I learned was about how we helped fund Dr. Paul Zak’s research into the role the brain chemical oxytocin plays in warm, fuzzy emotions. […]

Does the free market corrode moral character?

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That’s the question the Templeton Foundation posed to an array of smart people (e.g., Jagdish Bhagwati, Bernard-Henri Levy, John Gray, Michael Walzer, Michael Novak, Kay Hymowitz, and others) a while ago. Their diverse answers, including some videotaped responses, are archived […]

The amazing tale of Henrietta Lacks

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Now this sounds like a book I want to read. Excerpt from the NYT review: The best book blurb I’m aware of came from Roy Blount Jr., who said about Pete Dexter’s 1988 novel, “Paris Trout”: “I put it down […]

Ayn Rand, Stalinist monster

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Writing in The New Criterion, Anthony Daniels reviews a new Ayn Rand biography, concluding that Rand was not without talent, but was a particular kind of Russian-bred monster. Excerpt: In her expository writings, Rand’s style resembles that of Stalin. It […]

Why we need more Tim Tebows

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Washington Post sportswriter Sally Jenkins, who is openly pro-choice, makes a good and important point about masculinity, athleticism and virtue: Here’s what we do need a lot more of: Tebows. Collegians who are selfless enough to choose not to spend […]

Researchers: Now abstinence education works?

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Big new federal study finds that abstinence education can work. Excerpt: In the first carefully designed study to evaluate the controversial approach to sex ed, researchers found that only about a third of 6th and 7th graders who went through […]

Rescuing ideas from the culture war

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Just got back from a good lunch with a local Orthodox priest who is also a trained physicist, and who has a passionate interest in the dialogue between religion and science. I’m thinking about how one thing I love about […]

When is loyalty immoral?

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Marc Ambinder thinks the senior aides who covered up for the sleazy John Edwards during the presidential campaign should be publicly shamed. Why? Because of the stakes involved in allowing someone as reckless and character-deficient as Edwards compete for the […]

Smells like tween spirit

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You know what male teen-and-tweenagerhood smelled like in the 1980s? Polo by Ralph Lauren. It was widely believed by us male types to render girls sexually powerless before our fragrant selves. It was also an aromatic class marker, in the […]

Is it wrong to refuse interracial dating?

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Over at The Root, Helena Andrews (who is black) writes about why she doesn’t date white guys. The piece is entertaining, but good luck trying to find an actual argument in it. It did make me wonder, though, if it […]

Would you cure your kid’s Down syndrome?

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Reader Helen sent a link to this discussion from a NYT blog entry asking whether or not a parent should cure his child’s Down syndrome if a cure became available. My first response is, “Absolutely” — but it turns out […]

Empathy’s dark side

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Just up on the Templeton Foundation’s YouTube channel is a nine-part conversation between the eminent primatologist and psychologist Frans de Waal and Discover magazine’s Carl Zimmer about de Waal’s celebrated new book, “The Age of Empathy.” Note especially the final […]

Reason, religion and moral behavior

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Yesterday I was discussing with a colleague the role religion has in guiding moral behavior among individuals and groups. Is it possible to demonstrate empirically that religion lowers rates of crime and anti-social behavior? My thought was that the question […]

All sex abuse victims traumatized? Maybe not

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Here’s a favorable review in today’s NYTimes of a new book, “The Trauma Myth,” by a Harvard psychologist. Here’s the book’s gist: For a graduate research project at Harvard in the mid-1990s, the psychologist Susan A. Clancy arranged to interview […]

What could you give up for the poor?

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Reader Anna e-mails a link to Nick Kristof’s column Sunday, in which he profiles a relatively well-off family that downsized its life to a more reasonable level so they could give more to the needy. They even sold their big […]

SWPL Alert! Marital spats over environmentalism

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The Stuff White People Like klaxons are sounding over news that some couples are having to seek marital counseling because they can’t agree on how green to be. This is wild. Excerpt: As awareness of environmental concerns has grown, therapists […]

Why small town teenagers do drugs

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From one of Andrew Sullivan’s readers. Excerpt: There’s one other factor in rural drug use. There’s nothing to do in small towns. Growing up in New Mexico, we were bored. When you’re a teenager, you can only watch so much […]

Why community organizations have declined

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Sharon Astyk ponders why devotion to church and community organizations has declined so much in the last couple of generations, taking as her examples her shul and her grandmother’s experience in Eastern Star, the ladies auxiliary of the Freemasons. Sharon […]

Against supersized cocktails

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When we stopped at an Arby’s in northern Tennessee, I asked for a medium diet Coke. The worker behind the counter handed me a tub. This didn’t surprise me, actually, because I’d seen the documentary “Supersize Me,” which tells of […]

Morals, finance and comeuppance

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, the book I’ve been listening to on the long drive to PA is Niall Ferguson’s “The Ascent of Money,” a history of finance. It can be tough going for someone like me, but […]

John Edwards, confessed babydaddy

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For some reason, this Ford dealership from where I’m blogging won’t let me access any general news sites, so I can’t post a link to the news account of John Edwards admitting publicly that he fathered Rielle Hunter’s baby. I’m […]

How to be happy

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You’d be better off being Lorna, a struggling, overweight, unhealthy, unattractive black church lady and granny than Richard, a wealthy, white, handsome, single man who has lots of interesting aesthetic experiences. From Nick Kristof’s column today: Men are no happier […]

Steven Pinker on the blank slate

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After liturgy yesterday, I was talking to a friend who was pleased to learn that I’d been at a dinner the other night with Harvard evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker. My friend, though an Orthodox Christian, finds reading the atheist scientist […]

Counterterrorism and the Ring of Power

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From today’s NYT Magazine piece on Obama’s counterterrorism strategy: Michael Hayden, the last C.I.A. director under Bush, was willing to say publicly what others would not. “There is a continuum from the Bush administration, particularly as it changed in the […]

Haiti’s agony

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I apologize for having been away from the keys all day. I’m in New York doing Templeton stuff, and haven’t been able to find a wifi connection at the places I’ve been. I woke up this morning to the terrible […]

“Avatar” and cultural loss

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I finally made it to “Avatar” today. Whatever else there is to say about the film, it was well worth seeing for the visual spectacle alone. I saw it in 3D, and it was great fun. It’s also fun, in […]

Mortaging one’s personal honor

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Let’s revisit this 2008 post of mine in which I discussed the case of Raymond Zulueta, a California homeowner whose mellow was being harshed because he owed more money on his house than it was worth. So he walked away […]

Gardening with SWPLs

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It was with automatic hostility that I came to Caitlin Flanagan’s essay in the Atlantic Monthly in which she rips Alice Waters and the state of Calfornia’s educational establishment for its school gardening program, Edible Schoolyard. What is wrong with […]

Taking responsibility as an empty gesture

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The president said today that the failure of the government to stop the failed Christmas bomber is ultimately his own. We’ve come to expect this from our leaders — the ritual claiming of responsibility. I find it an empty gesture, […]

Here in the homeland

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Today I’m in sub-freezing, wet south Louisiana, where I flew yesterday from Phila. I’m picking up a couple of pieces of furniture from my mom and dad’s place, and driving it back to Dallas in the morning in a U-Haul. […]

Hooray! A Walker Percy documentary

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Via First Things and Doug LeBlanc comes fantastic news! Watch: About the filmmaker.

Don’t worry, be unhappy

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Kerry Howley is mostly pleased with Barbaran Ehrenreich’s jeremiad against the power of positive thinking. Excerpt from her review: All the Oprah-ready gurus you would expect to populate this polemic show up to share some advice–here’s Joel Osteen warning us […]

Techno-utopians and hedonism

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Evgeny Morozov says that Western geeks who think that Twitter and related information technologies are going to topple authoritarian governments are naive. Excerpt: But this is an anachronistic view of the world. Modern authoritarian states have eagerly (but selectively) embraced […]

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Mommy explains her plastic surgery
In Dallas (naturally), a parenting magazine discusses how easy it is for mommies who don't like their post-child bodies to get surgery -- and to have it financed! -- to reverse the effects of time and childbirth. Don't like what nursing has done to your na-nas? Doc has just the solution: Doctors say

posted 10:00:56pm Jul. 21, 2010 | read full post »

Why I became Orthodox
Wrapping up my four Beliefnet years, I was thinking about the posts that attracted the most attention and comment in that time. Without a doubt the most popular (in terms of attracting attention, not all of it admiring, to be sure) was the October 12, 2006, entry in which I revealed and explained wh

posted 9:46:58pm Jul. 21, 2010 | read full post »

Modern Calvinists
Wow, they don't make Presbyterians like they used to!

posted 8:47:01pm Jul. 21, 2010 | read full post »

'Rape by deception'? Huh?
The BBC this morning reported on a bizarre case in Israel of an Arab man convicted of "rape by deception," because he'd led the Jewish woman with whom he'd had consensual sex to believe he was Jewish. Ha'aretz has the story here. Plainly it's a racist verdict, and a bizarre one -- but there's more t

posted 7:51:28pm Jul. 21, 2010 | read full post »

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