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Another Week Ends: Hitch, Facebook Blues, Baby Morality, Auden’s Conversion, M:I4, The Replacements, Gorey Animation, and Knowing Yule

1. By now you’ve no doubt heard that legendary journalist/polemicist/personality/Atheist Christopher Hitchens died yesterday. Hitchens was always my favorite of the New Atheists, and not just because he was the funniest. Alone of his colleagues (and I’m sure he hated being lumped in with anyone!), he seemed to object to the Gospel itself, rather than […]

Another Week Ends: Deadly Doing, Horton on Incarnation, Epic Fantasy Appeal, Schizophrenic Hope, DFW Syllabi, Nice Guys, George Harrison and Superman

1. Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Dish produced a stirring little meditation earlier this week which brought together two of our favorites, philosopher Michael Oakeshott and social psychologist Daniel Kahneman, under the dynamo Oakeshott-inspired title “The Deadliness of Doing.” He speaks about Oakeshott’s lifelong project of trying to recover was a way of doing things […]

Another Week Ends: More Forgiveness, Addiction and Maslow; Lying Pundits, Tolerance Cults, Googling Mormons, Santiago Casilla, Elvis, Tom Waits and Cookie Monster

1. On the subject of forgiveness, The Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan posted a comment from one of his readers that gets at what I was trying to say in this week’s article, namely, that any attempt to tack a requirement or condition onto forgiveness (in the case of the HuffPo piece, repentance) robs it of […]

Another Week Ends: Shiny Happy Students, Creative Psych, Coen Bros, Humilation Elation, and Ryan Adams

1. The results of a couple intertwining and potentially encouraging little social science surveys were made public this week. The first found that religious belief correlated with increased happiness, the second with increased education. This could well be a case of numbers being cooked, but hey, I’ll take it. The second one, reported by CNN, […]

Another Week Ends: Of Gods and Men, Unitarian Boundaries, pi Haters, Pinksy on Cowper, Jayhawks, Wilco, Morrissey, FNL, Falling Skies and Brad Bird

1. No doubt you’re familiar with the martyrdom of the monks of Tibhirine in Algeria, who were assassinated in 1996 by Jihadists. It is, without question, one of the most inspirational true stories of the past twenty years – regardless of where you’re coming from on the religious spectrum. You may have even heard that […]

Another Week Ends: Forgiving Mothers, Malick’s Tree of Life, Self-Control Tips, The Cult of Apple, Zach Galifianakis, Gracious Parenting

1. NPR has sure been on a roll this past week. They brought us another extremely powerful and must-read/-listen item this morning, “Forgiving Her Son’s Killer: ‘Not An Easy Thing.’” It tells a story of radical forgiveness involving mother Mary Johnson and her son’s killer, Oshea Israel. Very, very inspiring stuff (and that the church […]

Osama bin Laden and The Closed Circle of the Law

We normally hesitate to comment on political matters. Fortunately, the reaction to the death of Osama bin Laden goes beyond those parameters. Paul Walker, rector of Christ Church here in Charlottesville and main speaker at our Fall conference in Birmingham (10/28-29), has the following wise words: “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let […]

Left Behind (The Rapture Song)

Not sure I get all the references, but this is pretty inspired (MG):

On a more serious but related note, Andrew Sullivan posted a great little piece on “Christian Films” last week. And then there’s the No Wizard Left Behind issue that many of us are thinking about this week.

None Of Us Are Free – PZ Meets Solomon Burke

A classic quote from PZ’s Grace In Practice and yet another great reason to join us later this week(!): One of the reasons we need to embrace the fact of the un-free will is for the sake of its effect on love. A benefit of the un-free will is that it increases mercy in daily […]