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.

Monday
Mar272006

A country in denial

This piece on the situation in France rings true. European decadence is also visible in its educational system.

Sunday
Mar262006

I have full awareness of what I have chosen

This guy does not sound particularly crazy.

Sunday
Mar262006

No fathers

This piece about marriage among African-Americans makes you think that the notions of freedom and civil rights can become very hollow if they are separated from the deeper question of the education of a people.

Friday
Mar242006

Consistory,

The Boston Globe has some nice pictures of Cardinal O'Malley

Thursday
Mar232006

Good statistics

The Weekly Standard correctly notices the cultural significance of monasticism.

Thursday
Mar232006

Martyrdom

The New Republic has a good piece on the terrible situation of Christians in Iraq. One wonders though whether the greatest danger is not external, but the temptation for the Church to assume a purely defensive posture that neutralizes what is really its only asset: that it carries something radically different to a world dominated by violence.

Tuesday
Mar212006

How forceful

The US intervenes in favor of Abdul Rahman asking that his trial be handled in a "transparent way" (followed by a "transparent execution"?)

Tuesday
Mar212006

Always bigger

John D. Barrow won the Templeton Prize.

Thursday
Mar162006

Defying the stereotypes

The Economist is intrigued by Sen. Brownback.

Wednesday
Mar152006

Projection

Jeff Jacoby tells it as it is.

Sunday
Mar122006

Progress I

It appears that Gary Wills has finally written something we can agree with:


"Wills rejects the familiar distinction between the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith. If the first Christians had not been radically tranformed by the resurrection - if Jesus had simply been a passing mystical figure - then you and I would not be thinking about or reading about Jesus at all....`The only Jesus we have is the Jesus of faith. If you reject the faith, there is no reason to trust anything the Gospels say.'"

Sunday
Mar122006

Progress II

An update on Bush's initiative to support faith-based social works.

Saturday
Mar112006

Enforced mediocrity

ABC's John Stossel has got himself into trouble with the Teachers's union by stating some completely obvious truths.

Saturday
Mar112006

Wrongful

A NYTimes article on the issues involved in pre-natal detection of birth defects

Friday
Mar102006

Dis-educator

A new book on John Dewey, the man who probably shaped more than anybody else education in the US. The reviewer seems to miss the fact that what Dewey eliminated is not "moral" education. Our schools are full of mindless moralism. What is missing is the possibility for young people to develop critical thinking by being inserted in (and verifying for themselves) a living tradition. The tragedy of liberal education is that when you stop proposing a way to judge, you stop educating.