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
Nov142006

Bad news

There is a pattern of interconnected regional wars which may soon coalesce in a general war.

Wednesday
Nov082006

Intermezzo

The "balance" of yesterday's elections was already calculated two months ago by conservative pundit Ramesh Ponnuru. In the end, this may well turn out to be a step towards a McCain presidency, and just a temporary anesthesia for the democratic party as it drowns in a cultural vacuum. If there is a long-term trend in US politics, it is probably that the common people in the heartland feel that their way of life is threatened by the nihilism of the liberal elites. Another is that people fear a developing world war. Obviously both of these play in the hands of the Republicans, since the Democrats are not even prepared to accept that there is a war and that their intellectual guides are essentially nihilistic. The irony is that they have to end up recruiting people like Jim Webb.

Wednesday
Nov082006

I want to be the Queen of England

Speaking of nihilism, here is a potentially hilarious version. Where are Jonathan Swift or Evelyn Waugh when we need them?

Friday
Nov032006

No hope for theocracy

This article points out the simple truth about US evangelicals and politics: since they are no cultural heavyweights, they always get assimilated into the Washington establishment. Then, a generation later another "wave" comes out of the woods...

Friday
Nov032006

Real love

An interesting prison ministry.

Thursday
Nov022006

It doesn't fit our agenda

An under-reported stem cell breakthrough.

Thursday
Nov022006

Mob "justice"

Persecution in Pakistan.

Monday
Oct302006

Hell House

What to make of this?

Thursday
Oct262006

No wonder

In case you didn't know, the two academic disciplines most closely associated with atheism are biology and psicology.

Thursday
Oct262006

Culture wars

Amy Sullivan is onto something in pointing out that many non-Republican people in mainstream America are "culturally" unconfortable with the Democratic party. The comments are also quite representative of what she is talking about: lots of aggressive secular liberals who think one can rely on "science" to live free from the bonds of religious superstition. What kind of schools produced people that are at the same time so ignorant and so presumptuous?

Monday
Oct232006

Reason and Faith at Harvard

A Harvard curriculum committee recommended that every student be required, as part of his or her general education, to take one course in an area that the committee styled "Reason and Faith." The Harvard Crimson, the university's paper, doesn't like the idea.

Saturday
Oct212006

Dead on

The Onion brilliantly summarizes the situation in Iraq and North Korea.

Friday
Oct202006

Searching for unity

Alasdair MacIntyre wants to "de-fragment" American Catholic universities. The least convincing part of his argument is when he says that what is lacking is the will to change. What is really lacking is the awareness that faith is the "integrative and unifying" factor that can give unity to our understanding of reality (see "Why the Church," Ch. 10). But this must first of all happens as an experience.

Thursday
Oct192006

A serious man

Another interesting conversion story.

Thursday
Oct192006

Inspirations

The question is: who is inspiring whom? Because certainly somebody feels inspired...