Walking out of the theater after seeing The Greatest Showman, Kara asked me what I thought. I told her I’d like to see it about a half-dozen more times, and then write a mixed review. Of course, I didn’t need to see the movie to know that. We had already listened to the soundtrack more times than I can count, and had watched a few interviews and videos of the actors workshopping their songs. I knew I would love the film, and I knew I would be troubled by elements of it. Continue reading ““Two roads diverged in a wood…””
Once there was a nation that may or may not have been built on Christian values, but certainly contained a lot of Christians. In fact, even the unbelievers in this society were non-Christians, not non-Buddhists or non-Muslims. Their values were Christian (or at least Christian-esque), and their culture took on a certain flavor which was decidedly influenced by aspects of Christianity.
This state of affairs continued for some time, until one day it didn’t. The Old Guard had gotten too old, and the New Guard decided that they had had enough of a mildly Christian-themed America. So they took down the old decor, changed a few slogans, and generally redecorated the place. They threw out the old stodgy puritan morals and came up with beautiful new ones, like Tolerate Everyone and Love Without Discrimination and Don’t You Dare Tell Me I’m Wrong. It was a shining city on a hill, this new utopia. And they all lived happily ever after.
Except they haven’t. Continue reading “Physician, Heal Thyself”
When is bigotry bigotry? According to the new moral majority, only when conservatives are expressing an opinion. The left is apparently incapable of transgressing its new moral imperatives, which is quite convenient when you think about it. It’s a level of blindness and hypocrisy which far exceeds that of their hated enemy, that old-time religion. Continue reading “If you’re bigoted and you know it…”
In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, we’re given some insight into Reepicheep’s character, and some further idea of why we love him: Continue reading “Foolish Heroes”
In Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass, Theodore Dalrymple points to a curious modern phenomenon: the reversal of cultural aspiration. Continue reading “A Faerie Wood Withering”
It seems like almost every episode of Doctor Who has the Doctor saving the whole of reality from some threat or another, but on at least two occasions the threat is deliberately leveled by enemies who are aware of what they’re doing. In “The Journey’s End” and “The End of Time, Part 2,” the Daleks and the Time Lords, respectively, try to put the kibosh on the whole thing. In both cases, it seems the Doctor’s enemies have gone insane.