I’m Back. Here’s Where I’ve Been.
I won’t make any assumptions about how many readers noticed I took a three-month break from column writing.
Nevertheless, I want to explain why.
I needed the time to finish the first volume of the biggest project of my life …
Never Stop Making Moral and Religious Arguments
Late last week I wrote a piece making the case that one of the core reasons for sexual trauma on campus was a mistaken ideology that attempts to drain sex of its inherent spiritual meaning and transforms it into a …
How to Read the Bible: Slowly, and Sport with the Words
We would value the written word more if we didn’t have so much of it. Street signs, product labels, instruction manuals, tax forms, blog posts, e-mails, text messages . . . What would Gutenberg say? “That’s not what I had in …
Leonard Cohen’s Defense of Wounded Love
Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
that David played, and it pleased the Lord,
but you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this: The fourth, the fifth,
the minor fall, the major …
Carl’s Rock Songbook, No. 106, John Lennon, “Imagine No Religion”
My previous essays on John Lennon’s “Imagine,” which I posted nearly a year ago showed that its dream of no possessions is impossible, and that its dream of no countries, while within the bounds of possibility, would turn out …
Frozen’s Hidden Biblical Truth: Don’t Trust Your Heart
A beautiful princess, an evil protagonist, melodic tunes, pretty gowns, and — yes — Prince Charming. Disney movies have always included certain staples. But Disney’s new movie Frozen has a striking Biblical truth that differentiates it from its predecessors. …
On Roy Moore and the Suggestion That Joseph Was a Pedophile
“Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter,” said Jim Zeigler, the state auditor of Alabama, defending Roy Moore against allegations of pedophilia. Zeigler has been roundly chastised for the blasphemous nature of his remark.
His statement is …
The Latest Planet of the Apes: The Exodus Story without God Is Bleak
Conservatives may neglect Hollywood, but it retains the power to shock. Example: War for the Planet of the Apes depends on the moral rhetoric used by the Puritans and then Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. This is all about …
Last night, I was talking to a friend of mine from Moldova. We were talking about Russia. I told him about Ildar Dadin, the political prisoner, whom I’ve written about. And Dadin’s wife, Anastasia Zotova, with whom I’…
I got an e-mail today informing me of a delightful new resource available free of charge at the website of the Catholic publisher Baronius Press. It’s a complete side-by-side text of the Latin Vulgate, the Douay-Rheims Catholic translation, and …
Bible Commentaries for Lent
Lent approaches, and one the best Christian disciplines you can undertake during it is to embark upon a serious course of Bible-study. For those of a more scholarly bent, that might be aided by purchasing or borrowing a commentary or …