My friend Mark Silk takes on some of his commenters at his blog over his suggestion that Christianity needs to learn to adapt. The money quote: "It's a nice question whether Christian leaders should have run the risk of undermining the progress of the Gospel by vigorously opposing slavery when slavery was an intrinsic part of the social order."
In the first pages of Scripture, we learn about man’s capacity for evil. We learn about recrimination and judgment. We learn about our persistent fallen nature and the way sin spreads from generation to generation. Most of all, however, we learn that there is something mysterious about sin. Not mysterious in the sense that the forensic technicians who have been sorting through the human wreckage at Sandy Hook Elementary School should stop their work. They will trace the trajectories of the bullets, identify the dead, analyze the entire scenario.
While George Weigel, Archbishop William Lori, Robbie George and that crowd have been busy trying to baptize the American founding, more serious intellectuals have been pointing to the deeper difficulties with the "Fortnight for Freedom" mentality.
The Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli, is representative of a new brand of Catholic ideologue who is deeply hostile to government and, just so, seems to be decidedly clueless about history. Check out this speech he gave to the Christian Life Summit in which he blasts the Catholic Church and its bishops because "They’ve helped create a culture of dependency on government, not God.
The President should fix the
Over at Religion & Politics, Professor John Carlson of Arizona State University recalls President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize and looks at the moral underpinnings of the President's worldview when it comes to foreign policy. This is a must-read essay.
The Onion on the Holy Father's outreach to young people. This is truly funny, and the Onion is not really making fun of the Pope here.
Last night, Rachel Maddow began her show with a segment on the plans some Republicans are hatching to award their state’s electoral college votes by congressional district. Currently, all but two states, Maine and Nebraska, award all their electoral college votes to whoever wins the popular vote in the state, a winner-take-all system.
Harold Meyerson at the Washington Post this morning on why Lansing, Michigan is a lot like Beijing these days. Brilliant.