Culture

A few days ago, whilst being driven around Tampa, I noticed a car bumper sticker telling me to "Just Be Nice." For some reason this irritated me. Indeed it made me feel decidedly nasty. Why was...
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I propose that instead of the noble eagle, the symbol of the United States should be a large, juicy hamburger. Instead of the stars and stripes—a bowl of ice cream. Replace the national anthem with a...
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If anyone really wants to know what the most interesting thing about the Song of Solomon is, I would not tell him, like our dear, late friend Mr. Stratford Caldecott, that it is interesting...
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"Adventure."1 This is the word Benedict XVI uses to describe the Incarnation in his amazing book, The Spirit of the Liturgy. "Adventure" is also the perfect word to summarize the entire book itself....
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With the Battle of the Pelennor Fields won, the Captains of the West prepare to march on the Black Gate. But one warrior has a dreamy, faraway look: Legolas the elf-prince, recounting the story of his perilous journey...
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“Jesus was an illegal immigrant.” So goes what has become an oft cited refrain among those advocating amnesty for thousands of illegal immigrants in the United States. “No,” comes the retort, “The state is called by God...

"I am that gadfly which God has attached to the state, and all day long and in all places am always fastening upon you, arousing and persuading and reproaching you." —Socrates, quoted by Plato, Apology "My work has always...

Because I do not wish to be misunderstood in my opinions on the tragedy of MH17, I preface them with a quote from the father of Conservatism: Edmund Burke. Wrote Edmund Burke to Americans in 1777:...

Marvel Comics has announced that its superhero Thor—you know, the Norse god?—is getting a sex change. Well, not exactly. First off, it is no longer Marvel Comics, it is Disney’s Marvel Comics. Which obviously explains a...
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Sed me Parnasi deserta per ardua dulcis raptat amor. 1 —Virgil Perhaps our modern world is not so far gone as yet, but it is easy for us to imagine the painful longing in Petrarch’s heart...
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It takes courage to speak out against the threatening presence of Islam in today’s world. And it takes courage to defend those who have the courage to speak out. Eight years ago, after Benedict XVI gave his...

Popular culture is awash with the horror genre. Television shows, video games, movies and literature on the occult gush forth seeming to make the ironic point that the more our society becomes scientifically secular the more appetite...
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Darrin Manning’s unprovoked “stop and frisk” encounter with the Philadelphia police left him hospitalized with a ruptured testicle. Neykeyia Parker was violently dragged out of her car and aggressively...
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The Rev. Dr. Daniel M. Bell, Jr. may declare victory in at least one respect: He succeeded in getting a relatively sedentary homebody to consider afresh the perils of war. Dr. Bell’s book, Just War as Christian...