“While somewhat awkward (and perhaps a little macabre), it would be worthwhile for any ecumenical school administration which fires an Orthodox or Catholic convert to ask in the exit interview, “What does it feel like to suffer such a huge loss for your convictions?” I suspect the answer would help the school deal in a more psychologically realistic manner with the next convert.”
“While progressives have great contempt for the past, they often have a more accurate sense of the past’s worth than conservatives do. Naïve and unrefined conservatives are sometimes willing to sell off huge tracts of the past at cut rates, but progressives who buy up the past never underestimate its worth. Because traditional things are so profoundly valuable, progressives are constantly angling for conservatives to give them up. The person who controls icons of the past also has some power over everyone whose identity is represented by those icons.”
On the evening of Thursday, April 22nd, at 8:00pm EST, I will give a lecture entitled “How Should Christians Watch Movies?” The lecture will include readings from Love What Lasts, my forthcoming book from The CiRCE Institute. As per usual, the lecture will not be recorded.
While there is a good deal of conversation among Christians about how to watch movies, the two most prominent viewing strategies of the last twenty-five years are worldview analysis and what I refer to as the sympathist position, which often goes hand-in-hand with “cultural engagement.” While I think both of these strategies have some merit, I do not believe either is all that classically minded. Instead, I offer a third way which is neither novel nor innovative, and yet is not a viewing strategy I have hear anyone else put forward. It is not grounded in philosophy, but common sense.
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I first encountered Giovanni Romanelli’s Allegory of Fame a few months ago at the Chrysler Museum.
If I put a large framed poster of this on the wall of my living room, such that I saw it every morning while having my coffee and every night while eating my dinner, I think I would work harder, produce more, and waste less time.
“There’s a certain sort of teenager who simply cannot appreciate the fact that adults—specifically teachers and parents—are reasonable, feeling human beings who respond in realistic ways to insult, abuse, slight, and offense.”