Culture

The Sixth "Sola" that Cripples the Church

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The lively debate Martin Luther was hoping to generate with his 95 Theses quickly got out of hand and changed the world forever.  Obviously the time was right: when events are primed to happen, they happen.  Within decades the Reformation was firmly established on the “Five Solas” developed over the next half-century of Reformation teaching, […]

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When Is Sexism Not Sexism?

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Sexism and misogyny are rampant in our culture, says Hillary.  Her #1 proof is, she’s not president. If you’re not convinced by that, how about this: as she explained to Rachel Maddow, her audience viewed her superficially.  Instead of listening to what she was saying, the chatter was consumed by what she wore and how […]

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American Expectationalism

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When the American colonies erupted in revolt against the Stamp Act (1765), poor King George could not understand.  Weren’t these subjects well-treated?  Did they not prosper as a result of benign neglect? As for this taxation they were incensed about, part of it was to cover the expense of defending them, and what was their […]

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He's No Gentleman

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Have you ever heard this?  “God is a gentleman.  He would never . . . [insert something a courtly deity would never do, usually related to busting in where he’s not wanted].”  I don’t know where this idea came from, but it’s supremely silly. It might be seen as gentlemanly to sweep back the waters […]

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Schrodinger's Baby

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James Franco may be a little goofy but he has wide-ranging interests, like philosophy.  Or at least, that’s what one might gather from his YouTube series, Philosophy Time, in which he and Eliot Michaelson talk deep with various academics.  This video of their interview with Princeton Professor Liz Harmon was making the rounds a few […]

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That Hideous Strength: Denouement

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Denouement is not a common word in everyday conversation, so for a long time I didn’t know how to pronounce it.  It’s day-noo-MAHN (go easy on the final n).  This is the resolution of the story, or (according to my dictionary), “the events following the climax of a drama or novel in which such a resolution […]

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That Hideous Strength: Climax

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To catch up with the reading, see the Introduction, Setup, and Development. Climax?  Isn’t it a little early for that?  Most of us have the idea that the climax is a high point of the story (as the word would seem to suggest), after which nothing is left but tying up loose ends.  But there’s […]

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The Abolition of Man, Part Two

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Last weekend, all eyes turned to Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia–“Mr. Jefferson’s university”–where violent right-wingers faced off against violent left-wingers.  A similar clash occurred in Seattle that same day, an event completely overshadowed by the Charlottesville ugliness, and Portland saw more of the same the weekend before.  Shaking my head over the videos […]

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That Hideous Strength: Development

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If you’re just joining us, you might want to get oriented with the Introduction and Setup. Almost all the main characters have been introduced and the potential conflicts are in place.  Now development: that phase of a novel that builds tension and raises the stakes.  All the major plot elements will be rounded up and […]

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