Paper Clippings The Blog of The Crossroads Cultural Center

Paper Clippings, more than a classical blog, is a service providing valuable reading material in order to help readers reach a judgment about current affairs. Comments and discussion are more than welcome.

Sunday
Oct082006

Traditional religion

Someone taking a stand against power.

Saturday
Oct072006

Great couple

This ten-year old interview with the Genovese's is still worth reading.

Saturday
Oct072006

Secular megachurches

How to get rich by exploiting people's loneliness in order to create a cyber-mob.

Saturday
Oct072006

From scratch

This piece by Joseph Bottum is too long but does capture some important aspects of recent US church history.

Friday
Oct062006

Two worlds

Spiegel has a report from Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Friday
Oct062006

Keep the flame burning

A story in the NYTimes on the predicament of young evangelicals facing the onslaught of a nihilistic culture. It is hard when so much is predicated on individual will-power and enthusiasm. But, where is the Church?

Friday
Oct062006

Good luck

An update on the desperate attempts to rebuild college curricula in a context where there is no "university" because there is no unifying hypothesis.

Wednesday
Oct042006

No salvation from the UN

Few things magnify moral failures more than bureaucracies. More generally,certain idealistic people should learn from St. Augustine that usually states are just "larger scale robberies".

Wednesday
Oct042006

Dry humor

Some Brahms anecdotes.

Wednesday
Oct042006

Still there

The Zoroastrians are hanging in there. But how does The Guardian dare say that there were "forced mass conversions" after the Islamic invasions of Persia? Didn't they read their own editorials about the Pope's speech?

Wednesday
Oct042006

Stuffy

Not much going on with the masons.

Monday
Oct022006

Original sin to the rescue

It turns out the Iranians hired the Russians to build a nuclear reactor based on the Chernobyl design "on one of the most active earthquake zones on earth." Ah, and they also got scammed in the process.

That finally explains why Putin always seemed so unconcerned about the Iranian nuclear program.

Friday
Sep292006

We don't want to know

A first-hand report from Egypt.

Thursday
Sep282006

A recipe for slavery

This reflects a problem across the board, not just with history. Quite simply, proposing the past is just not part of the way most US educational institutions understand themselves. Quite often the curriculum in the humanities is dominated by "pseudo-science" (psicology, anthropology, sociology, social studies, multiculturalism, diversity theory, feminism, all kinds of moralistic fluffiness etc.) Not much education results.

Thursday
Sep282006

Cultural divide

USA Today reports on the fertility gap between Democrats and Republicans. There is also a link to an article on the "marriage gap."