“The Long Dark Knight of the Soul”

Brant Hansen on the latest Batman movie (ht Bill Kinnon): “The Dark Knight” is cultural rigormortis. It’s what happens when we are done, and we are done.  Jacques Barzun had it right, when he wrote a history of western culture up through the 1990s, and said, certainly, that our age is defined by boredom.  We are excited…

Adventist Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage is universal. All faiths engage in it. Animists and Hindus go to sacred rivers, springs, wells, or mountains. Buddhists go to temples and to shrines encasing the Buddha’s remains. Muslims go on the Hajj to Mecca, visiting sites they associate with incidents in the lives of Abraham and Muhammad. Jews make aliyah to Jerusalem.…

Mormon Excommunication

I’m on a roll, here, citing Jill Carroll’s recent blog posts. Here she comments on the LDS church’s excommunication of a man who produced a calendar of shirtless Mormon missionaries.

Apache Hair

Jill Carroll looks at a controversy in Needville, TX, over an Apache boy who wants to wear his hair long–the school district demands he cut it (his parents own land there and want to move there but want to settle this before the school year starts). Right now, the school officials are being stubborn. Jill…

French Secularism

Jill Carroll of Rice University’s Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance strongly rejects France’s version of separation of church and state. They are wrong to practice, and legally enforce, a secularism that is fundamentally suspicious of and sometimes outright hostile to religion. … Under laicism the state remains neutral with regard…