Divorce Getting Easier in New York, Hipster Christianity, and More

It’s often said that the Western tradition is the product of three cities: Jerusalem, Athens, and Rome (in that order). Here is an article discussing the relationship between Rome and Athens, and how “captive Greece held captive her uncouth conqueror.”

The recovery of the Western tradition in the broad culture may have to proceed by baby steps. Here is a glimmer of hope, a rediscovery of what Christians always knew but the Freud-influenced culture forgot: guilt can induce us to act morally.

The attempt to remove guilt is a standard procedure of Christophobes. They note that people’s disobedience to God’s commands brings about undesirable effects, so they draw the wrong lesson from the experience. Rather than realizing that it’s better to re-commit oneself to obedience, they attempt to smooth the path of disobedience in some way. Another manifestation of this tendency is in the proliferation of no-fault divorce in this country over the last fifty years. Now it seems that the last holdout, New York (who would have guessed?), is going to join the party. This is presented as a uniformly positive thing by the article’s author. Why, women won’t have to hire people to entrap their husbands in compromising situations anymore to get out of unhappy marriages! By the way, there are some interesting points made in the comment section of the article.

We’ve known for years now that the “seeker-friendly” evangelism model has failed in its attempts to win “unchurched” souls and to keep young people from Christian families in the church. Here is another analysis of this failure by a twenty-something evangelical who has a radical idea: how about preaching the Gospel? (I’d also suggest reviving parental evangelism instead of expecting churches to convert children through Sunday school.)

If you are in London and enjoy sacrilege, there’s a new Steven Berkoff play at the New End Theatre.

There’s a new history of the first 150 years of printing out. It looks interesting, but I have to think the “radical” revision of is being overstated. Did anyone really think that early printers weren’t experimenting with lots of ways to develop successful business models? Certainly anyone who has ever had to do research with early modern printed materials has had to wade through ephemera that were published for the moment and had no real lasting significance.

About Dr. J

I am Professor of Humanities at Faulkner University, where I chair the Department of Humanities and direct online M.A. and Ph.D. programs based on the Great Books of Western Civilization. I am also Associate Editor of the Journal of Faith and the Academy and a member of the faculty at Liberty Classroom.
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