Paper Clippings The Blog of The Crossroads Cultural Center

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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.

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.