Literature

Joy And The Absurd — A Meditation On Buridan’s Ass

Joy And The Absurd — A Meditation On Buridan’s Ass

"Life" Issues, Abrahamic Traditions, Advent, Atheism, autonomy, awareness, book review, C. S. Lewis, Challenge, Change, Character of God, Christianity, Christmas, contemplation, Creator, critical judgment, culture, December, existentialism, Ezra Pound, faith, God, Holy Mystery, Human Condition, Jim Cowles, Kierkegaard, Literature, Numinous, Religion, Secularity, Skeptic, Spirituality, T. S. Eliot, Theology, Thinking, Uncategorized
Full disclosure:  as I have said elsewhere, I never got the “hang uv” being a Christian, and consider the multiple decades I spent beating my head against that particular brick wall as time merely pissed away. I still believe that. But that is only half the truth. The other half is that it is equally true that I could never get, have never gotten, the “hang uv” being an atheist. I am no more successful as a “creedal” atheist than I was as a “creedal” Christian. My admiration for, e.g., Sam Harris, the late Christopher Hitchens, Bill Maher, Richard Dawkins, Julia Sweeney, and Daniel Dennett is undiminished. Nothing I say in what follows should be interpreted as disagreeing with their contention that religious statements should be subject to the same critique as other statements. Religio
Romanticism And Regimentation

Romanticism And Regimentation

"Life" Issues, autonomy, awareness, Bernie Sanders, betrayal, bible, bigotry, Boutique Progressivism, Challenge, citizenship, civics, community, Compassion, conflict, critical judgment, culture, Discernment, faithfulness, Fascism, history, Ideology, Literature, Oswald Mosley, Philosophy, Poetry, Presidency, progressive politics, Secularity, Uncategorized
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” – Matthew 5:48 (KJV) Anyone who has read any of my “Skeptic’s” columns, especially those published after the last disastrous presidential election, will know that one of my favorite targets is a group I refer to variously as “boutique progressives” or “liberal purists”, the latter term borrowed from Bill Maher, who has the same grievance against progressives. What (Bill and) I mean by that are liberals, left-wingers, progressives who insist that a political candidate, in order to be worthy of our support, absolutely must conform to every principle, every jot and tittle, of progressive ideology, without exception. They must, in other words, be ideologically perfect, i.e., the kind of perfection demanded of Chri
“A Little Learning Is A Dangerous Thing” — A Few Desultory Examples

“A Little Learning Is A Dangerous Thing” — A Few Desultory Examples

Art, autonomy, awareness, Challenge, Change, Christianity, conflict, constitution, Cosmology, critical judgment, culture, deconstruction, Enlightenment, Entanglement, epistemology, God, higher criticism, Human Condition, Ideology, Jung, Literature, monotheism, Nihilism, Philosophy, physics, postmodernism, Psychoanalysis, quantum physics, Rationality, Religion, Science, Scripture, Secularity, Theology, Thinking, Uncategorized
A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian  spring : There shallow draughts intoxicate the  brain, And drinking largely sobers us again. -- Alexander Pope I cannot remember when I first fell in love with the English language, but subjectively, it seems like I could have fallen in love with it in utero. (My parents tell me I talked at an exceptionally young age, and both times I took the GRE, I blew the top of the scale off the language-skills section.) So it always irritates me to no end to look at the way people misuse and abuse the English language. (It also irritates me when people misuse foreign words that are imported into English, like the German Weltanschauung and Angst, but these are rants for another time.) Sometimes the frustration cro