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.

Tuesday
May012007

God as Father

Protestant converts in Kurdistan.

Monday
Apr232007

Inhuman

Lots of theories keep being produced about the VT mass murderer. Some of the comments by Camille Paglia are somewhat interesting, inasmuch she understands that people's most vulnerable spot is their affectivity (which she confuses with sex).

Monday
Apr232007

Unredeemed I

Spengler reviews the lates posthumous book by Tolkien

Monday
Apr232007

Unredeemed II

A trip to Saudi Arabia.

Sunday
Apr222007

"Where are the grown-ups?"

A good question by Peggy Noonan.

Sunday
Apr222007

Screaming louder and louder

It is true that our culture is swamped with moralism. But the reason is not just an historical quirk, it is what the Pope in Regensburg called "reduction of reason." If morality is separated from knowledge and reason (the human quest for meaning), all that is left is arbitrary power...

Thursday
Apr192007

Interesting

President Bush promises to support school choice.

Thursday
Apr192007

Rapt in awe

More on Einstein's religiosity.

The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle. To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is something that our minds cannot grasp, whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly: this is religiousness.

Thursday
Apr192007

Bottom feeders

There is a symbiotic relationship between madmen and journalists.

Wednesday
Apr112007

Help, friendship and support

Wave of adult baptisms in China.

Saturday
Apr072007

Out of their depth

For some reason, this week both the NYTimes and the New Yorker have long pieces on Benedict XVI.

Thursday
Apr052007

No conflict

Francis Collins on CNN.

Thursday
Apr052007

Useless

We have often wondered about the naive faith in the benefits of technology which has swept the education words over the last ten years. The truth is that spending billions in computing equipment is relatively easy, while forming good teachers is very hard. It is even harder when there is not much philosophical clarity about what it means to educate.

Thursday
Apr052007

Picking up the pieces

An update on the situation in Lebanon.

Saturday
Mar312007

Si vis pacem para bellum

One may not like V.D. Hanson's militaristic rethoric, but it is in fact true that utopian pacifism has never prevented any wars.