If the language of war tends to centralize power, does the rhetoric of “culture...– Culture War No More | Front Porch Republic (via ayjay)
To be Queen Elizabeth within a definite area, deciding sales, banquets, labours,...– G.K. Chesterton (via settledthingsstrange)
The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of...– Rene Descartes (via nypl)
littlenia asked: Ray! It's the Penguin Ink Series -- the one with the cockatoo ink drawing on the cover? Page 158 =)
It may seem strange that anyone could look around the pornography-saturated,...– Defining Religious Liberty Down - NYTimes.com. This is Ross Douthat, people, not some flame-thrower. When someone as temperamentally irenic as Ross gets to this point, America, we have issues. I’m genuinely worried about this. There are few things that I despise more than culture wars, but I feel...
Yesterday 2 lectures, re-drafting findings of Committee on Emergency Exams …....– J. R. R. Tolkien, letter to his son Chriistopher, 24 November 1944 (via ayjay)
The structure here is not easy for the lay viewer to decode. [Rhythmic...– Brian Phillips on Olympic rhythmic gymnastics - Grantland (via ayjay)
Some people — in comments, on Twitter and elsewhere — are defending what Emanuel...– I asked one of my professors a question along the same lines today. Dur, aren’t I indelligent. Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com (via ayjay)
Properly speaking, of course, there is no such thing as a return to nature,...– G.K. Chesterton, quoted in the Chesterton Review, August 1993 (via gkchestertonquote) Is this still fully true a hundred years later?
more than 95 theses: on the Cappadocian church →
ayjay: When I think about what the Christian church can be at its very best, I think back to Cappadocia in late Roman times. The central figure in that world was Basil of Caesarea, later St. Basil the Great. And he was great: no Christian that I know of has ever been greater. He preached the…
The day, of course, is ubiquitous as a unit of organization, regulated by our...– The Weak (via ayjay)
Online education is a one-size-fits-all endeavor. It tends to be a monologue and...– Op-Ed Contributor: The Trouble With Online Education (via ayjay)
The suburbanization of American Christianity has had a huge impact on...– suburban-is-not-the-same-as-theologically-conservative (via ayjay)
W. W. Norton: Hipster, All Too Hipster →
I’m somewhat curious to read this, especially after this excerpt, if only because I want to know how and why anything bland could be actually “Christian-inspired.” Someone on here want to explain that one to me? wwnorton: An excerpt from R. Jay Magill’s Sincerity: How a moral ideal born five hundred years ago inspired religious wars, modern art, hipster chic, and the curious...
In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word...– Czeslaw Milosz (via settledthingsstrange)
Bill Maher, Christopher Hitchens, Penn Jillette, Richard Dawkins, etc,...– They Don’t Believe Because Your God Isn’t Desirable (via ayjay)
Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope...– - David Quammen (via thelifeofabookjunky) It is always encouraging to read this sort of thing after a joy-ride through the Strand.
The Builders By: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Builders By: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow All are architects of Fate, Working in these walls of Time; Some with massive deeds and great, Some with ornaments of rhyme. Nothing useless is, or low; Each thing in its place is best; And what seems but idle show Strengthens and supports the rest. For the structure that we raise, Time is with materials filled; Our to-days and yesterdays Are the...
But if liberals need to come to terms with these failures, religious...– Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved? - NYTimes.com. Ross is exactly right. Modern liberal Christianity has no religious reasons for existing. You can stay at home, read the NYT, and write a check to the Sierra Club and in that way completely fulfill the mission of the Episcopal Church — indeed, that...
W. W. Norton: Black Cat →
wwnorton: A ghost, though invisible, still is like a place your sight can knock on, echoing; but here within this thick black pelt, your strongest gaze will be absorbed and utterly disappear: just as a raving madman, when nothing else can ease him, charges into his dark night howling, pounds on the…
What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat...– G.K. Chesterton in Tremendous Trifles (via gkchestertonquote)
“I recently read an article that depicted a heated exchange between a seminary...– Kathleen Norris, Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith (via hulga-joy)
Second and more significantly, our expectations and understanding of massively...– John Dyer, “Like to Wear Pink? Technology Made You Do It!” on his blog Don’t Eat the Fruit (via settledthingsstrange)
"Saint Francis and the Sow" by Galway Kinnell →