Rowling on Christian Imagery in Harry Potter

J. K. Rowling speaks of Christian themes in the Harry Potter series. “To me [the religious parallels have] always been obvious,” she said. “But I never wanted to talk too openly about it because I thought it might show people who just wanted the story where we were going.” … But if she was worried…

Wars and Rumors of Wars

President George Bush continued his threatening stance toward Iran today, warning that a nuclear Iran could provoke WWIII. Let’s step back a moment. The US is the only nation that has used a nuclear weapon–and we did so twice, against civilians, to make a dramatic statement. The US, not Iran, is at present engaged in…

Some Thoughts on the Incarnation

I went to a men’s gathering last night at which the speaker made a couple of interesting remarks linking the Temptation in the Garden with the Temptation in the Wilderness. The serpent’s appeal to Eve was that they would not die, but would be as gods. To Jesus, on the other hand, he said, “If…

Dreher on the Turks

Dreher thinks the Turkish situation shows the folly of the Democrats. I think it shows the folly of trusting the Turks–and the folly of the game we played of “Good Kurds, Bad Kurds,” in our confused Iraq policy. I once had a conversation with some knowledgeable folks who opined that the whole Middle East mess…

As Long Expected, Houston Gets a Cardinal

Dan DiNardo gets a red hat–Rocco and a half dozen newspapers had it early, and you read it here before you saw it on the Houston Chronicle or Archdiocesan webpages. DiNardo will wear it well–in the manner of a renaissance cardinal (take that how you will). Cardinal DiNardo … How about “Cardinardo” for short? AP…