Category Archives: Culture

Posts dealing with the state of contemporary Western culture.

One More Post about the Hobby Lobby Case (and Spinal Tap)

I tried. I really did. I resolved not to make a post about the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case. But in the end I couldn’t resist. Don’t judge. You’ve read umpteen posts about the decision, yet you … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Why a “Faithful Film Adaptation” of The Hobbit Would Stink

[This post contains spoilers. Consider yourself warned.] I love J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. I read it for the first time when I was six years old and have returned to it many times over the years. I still have a … Continue reading

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Internet, Meet Cultural Illiteracy

I think I can identify with Jonathan Swift to some extent now. More than two years ago, my blog post titled “The Cult of Childlessness in America” defended people who choose to have more than two children and criticized the … Continue reading

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What Is Marriage?

Here’s how I see the arguments over marriage in our society taking shape. There are two questions up for debate: What is marriage? What role, if any, ought the State to play in recognizing, sponsoring, and/or supporting marriage? To keep … Continue reading

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Understanding the Supreme Court and DOMA

Given this blog’s theme, I feel compelled to post something on the Supreme Court’s striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this week. From what I’ve read, this decision does less than what a lot of people are … Continue reading

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Ayn Rand vs. C.S. Lewis: A Failure to Communicate

A fifteen-year-old book containing sixty-year-old marginal notes is making waves in the blogosphere this week. Someone over on the First Things blog made a post titled “Ayn Rand Really, Really Hated C.S. Lewis,” which dredges up material from Ayn Rand’s Marginalia … Continue reading

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How the Great Books Can Help Christians Avoid Looking Uncharitable and Stupid

I know this story is at least a week old and thus completely off everyone’s radar by now, but I’m up in the middle of the night with a sick child and feel like posting, so there. Recently a server … Continue reading

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Wall Street Journal: “Where Are the Babies?”

It seems as though the Wall Street Journal has taken notice of the West’s demographic problem, an issue sometimes discussed here. The paper’s Saturday Essay for this week is titled “America’s Baby Bust,” and it draws many sound conclusions about the … Continue reading

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The World’s Most Persecuted Religion

During the Christmas season I usually take some time to reflect on the persecution Christians suffer around the world. Of course, Christianity has been for many years and remains the world’s most persecuted religion. For the American media, this story … Continue reading

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Man Up with a Memento Mori

It may be true that people throughout history have had trouble dealing with death, but modern people seem to have an especially difficult time with it. They’re not encouraged to think about their own mortality as a rule, except perhaps … Continue reading

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