June 02, 2009

Spanning the Globe to Bring You the Constant Variety of Posts

The more blogs I read, the more news articles, I am confirmed that God is in very clear and direct communication with his children. I would even say that God provides a sort of theme of the week--ideas that come to me independently from various sources, a conversation here, an article there, and then I read a few blogs and find out that other people are thinking about the same things. - Betty Duffy

[I] learned... just how important John Wesley was to the formation of American Christianity. I had always wondered, for instance, why churches are filled with small groups, and try from the outset to steer you into one. Turns out Wesley started that. - Camassia

I was struck by a similar example of war's power to make us long for peace in Ian McEwan's Atonement where he has something along the lines of (quoting from several years memory, since I don't have the book at hand): How many thousands of children were conceived in mind on the roads to Dunkirk, as countless men offered God their bargains: "I'll marry her as soon as I get home. And buy a cottage, and take care of her, and stay home at nights, and we'll have three children and take them to church every Sunday, if only you'll let me reach the sea alive." - Darwin Catholic

Selective sympathy.- Peggy Noonan on what liberals actually mean when they say 'empathy'

With respect to abortion, the liberal can empathize with the pregnant mother who desires to further her education before having a baby. But there is no empathy for the unborn child simply because the liberal cannot imagine a baby having “desires” of any kind. Perhaps the liberal thinks it is desire which makes us human. - Jeff of "Stony Creek Digest"

The Internet is basically a Skinner box engineered to tap right into our deepest mechanisms of addiction. - Sam Anderson

The Internet is like alcohol in some sense. It accentuates what you would do anyway. If you want to be a loner, you can be more alone. If you want to connect, it makes it easier to connect. - Esther Dyson

With the modern divorce between art and tradition running parallel to the modern divorce between the unitive and procreative goods of sex, fewer and fewer artists and whores may make the necessary connections to reach the ultimate good. - Sancta Sanctis

The economist F.A. Hayek wrote a book titled The Fatal Conceit which, among other things, attempted to explain why intellectuals tend to be socialists. In a nutshell, the reason is that intellectuals tend to overvalue intelligence, preferring to err on the side of infinite perfectibility. No system is too large or complex to be managed and perfected by human intelligence. The intellectual has experienced the power of high intelligence, but he tends to disregard its limits and to deny that intelligence is unequally distributed. He disregards its limits, because if intelligence can be used to solve all problems, the intellectual is always in demand. He denies that intelligence is unequally distributed – against all evidence – because that violates his egalitarian dogma. Therefore the intellectual tends to favor “equality of outcome” scenarios. - Jeff of Stoney Creek Digest

Sotomayor might be a fine jurist but a horrible dresser. Give her some "girl time" with Mrs. Messiah, for cryin' out loud! - tweet from pcstokell

Politically she's like a beautiful doll containing a canister of poison gas: Break her and you die. - Peggy Noonan on Sotomayor

Some people hate big cities, but I find them necessary to my spiritual life - a vivid, throbbing reminder that my world is not the only world and that God's view takes it all in - not from a distance, as the silly song says - but from the inside, loving it, shaping it, being reflected in the unending diversity of people who live, thrive, fail, struggle, die and are reborn in the midst of it.- Amy Welborn in NYC

Everything—the world, history, other people and myself—can be a source of revelation, because through everything we can discern like a watermark, the face of the Risen Christ, the friend who secretly shares with each of us the bread of affliction and the wine of mirth.” - Olivier Clement via Betty Duffy


Jeff Culbreath said...

Believe it or not, sometimes I feel the way Amy Welborn does. But I'll never get the country out of my bones.

TS said...

Yeah I think a mix is perfect. I wouldn't want to live in the city full-time nor in the country full-time.

dylan said...

Thank you -- and thank Betty Duffy! -- for the Clément quotation. What little I've read of Clément, I prize highly.