Monthly Archives: March 2011

Is that iPad Costing You $2,000?

One of the biggest problems for Americans is that we are not sufficiently future-oriented. This is true in both an economic and a spiritual sense. We usually sin because we want to gratify an impulse in the present without due … Continue reading

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How Reading the Great Books Can Help You Win $10,000

Any doubts about the “practicality” of my plan to read through the Great Books in seven years were laid to rest forever last night when it played an important role in winning $10,000 for my university. I was part of … Continue reading

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What Would Jesus Cut?

With congressional Democrats and Republicans dickering over whether a fraction of one percent of the federal budget should be cut this year, some professing Christians are asking, “What Would Jesus Cut?” Many believers answer this rhetorical question in nonsensical ways, … Continue reading

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Are We Naturally Savage Jerks?

With another week’s worth of reading from the Great Books logged, I’m wondering how anyone who has any degree of familiarity with this body of literature could possibly maintain that it’s irrelevant to life in the modern world. The themes … Continue reading

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“The Eagle” May Actually Get it Right

Last month I noted the release of Focus Film’s Roman period piece The Eagle, an adaptation of Rosemary Sutcliffe’s novel for young readers The Eagle of the Ninth. I still haven’t seen the film–I rarely have the opportunity to see … Continue reading

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Parents Who Hate Parenting

My wife is a stay-at-home mom who is always on the lookout for interesting articles on parenting and the like. Yesterday she forwarded this humdinger to me with the comment: “This has got to be the absolute worst article on … Continue reading

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America: Land of the Self-Inflated Ego

I’m not the biggest fan of New York Times columnist David Brooks, but I wanted to call attention to a recent piece of his that highlights a pretty serious problem we have here in the U.S. Brooks points to several … Continue reading

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Drinking the Hemlock

It’s Great Books Monday here at the Western Tradition, and the top hits of Western Civilization just keep on coming. If you have done all the readings since we began in January, you have logged over 1,000 pages by this … Continue reading

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Unhappy, Ladies? This Might Be the Reason

If you like listening to podcasts and have never encountered “Research on Religion,”I encourage you to give it a try. My father told me about it a few months back, and I’ve learned a lot about what is going on … Continue reading

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1566 Mass on the Pop Charts

After dumping on the Church of England last week, it’s only fair that I give the Brits credit where credit is due. At least there classical music still is listened to enough that it actually gets on the pop charts … Continue reading

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