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.

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.

Saturday
Mar312007

A good Catholic...

who never had a Catholic thought in his whole life. Joshka Fisher is so representative of the 1968 generation in Europe:
a) A Catholic.
b) Who was taught a completely moralistic understanding of his faith (still today he identifies Catholicism with a Manichean good vs. evil world view).
c) Who thus embraced a utopian ideology completely removed from the realistic Catholic view of the human condition (Glucksmann is right!).

Friday
Mar302007

Double miracle

The NYTimes reports a miracle.

Friday
Mar302007

Just starting

An interesting piece by John Allen from Honduras.

Thursday
Mar292007

Party men

Amir Taheri notices that foreign policy experts in the US are affected by domestic political allegiances to a very significant degree. This probably reflects the fact that the key foreign policy jobs are assigned by political appointment, rather than just seniority in the diplomatic corps. Of course, this can have harmful effects.

Thursday
Mar292007

Stone witness

A beautiful Armenian church is restored in Turkey (but they did not put the cross back on top of it).

Thursday
Mar292007

The cold light of science

It is a sign of how reason has been reduced in our culture that we take seriously psycologists when they "discover" the most obvious things about human nature. Hey, they are SCIENTISTS! They are "studying meaning" from a SCIENTIFIC standpoint! They PROVED that humans want "to feel we're significant beings in a meaningful world." The Chicago Tribune never suspected that before.

Thursday
Mar292007

A remnant

During the last few years, several interesting people have walked away from the ruins of Anglicanism.

Tuesday
Mar272007

Something hidden behind things

A new biography of Einstein.

The scientist('s)...religious feeling takes the form of a rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law, which reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection. This feeling is the guiding principle of his life and work, in so far as he succeeds in keeping himself from the shackles of selfish desire.

Sunday
Mar252007

Playing with fire.

Many wars started from this kind of (mis)calculation.