Paper Clippings The Blog of The Crossroads Cultural Center

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Wednesday
Oct312012

Always rebuilding

A story about the main seminary in Boston.
Wednesday
Oct312012

Institutional weakness

An interview with Ross Douthat.
Monday
Oct292012

Unintended consequences

An entertaining interview with Camille Paglia. The question is: why did the sixties' yearning for freedom lead to a statist political culture?
Sunday
Oct282012

Four myths on euthanasia

A very clear and informative piece by Ezekiel Emanuel.
Monday
Oct152012

“He’s a man of incredible moral strength” 

Apparently if you are into orgies you should join the free-masons. You will also be happy to find out that “Libertines are people like you and me: people who have a normal life.” (Warning: numerous sexual references)
Sunday
Oct142012

Induced amnesia

An excellent comment by Philip Jenkins on how the media have to erase the past in order to create "stories" in the present.
Thursday
Oct112012

The meaning of faith

An essay by Jonathan Ghaly.
Thursday
Oct042012

Leviathan

Patrick J. Deenen on the modern state and religious freedom.
Tuesday
Oct022012

Freedom to love

Heart's Home in the New York Times.
Friday
Sep282012

How do you raise sane human beings?

David Brooks identifies a major problem (if people fall apart nothing else in society will work) and proposes yet another ludicrous scientistic solution (psychology! Yeee, that will do it! It's "scientific" isn't it?)
Thursday
Sep272012

Declinism

There is some truth to Mark Lilla's criticism of those who reconstruct our history as one long process of decline since the 12th century, but it needs to be qualified. There was certainly a consistent development of ideas from the Reformation to the Enlightenment to us. The point is that it was not inevitable, it was not all that happened, and our task is not to go back to a mythical past, because a tradition has to become alive in the present.
Wednesday
Sep262012

Narrowly defined success

Rod Dreher gives a balanced assesment of Mitt Romney's worldview.
Sunday
Sep162012

Education as an examination system

Or, college as a certificate of social conformity.
Thursday
Sep062012

Victimization Studies

On the unstoppable expansion of pseudo-scholarship.
Thursday
Sep062012

And the sky is green

The British government argues that being fired for wearing a cross is not a form of religious discrimination.
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