God is No Thing: Coherent Christianity, Rupert Shortt, Hurst Publishers.
There is a strain of English Christianity that sees faith as entirely reasonable and sensible, like packing an umbrella when the weather looks inclement. 289 more words
In our own time, the concept of happiness has moved from the private sphere to the public one. 507 more words
A friend pointed out Newt Gingrich’s Sharia Deportation Test to me:
I took the quiz. Result: I was told that Newt Gingrich is going to have me deported. 957 more words
We must also keep in mind, as I have written elsewhere, “the perversity of human desire, the prevalence of illusion and idolatry, the scandal of suffering, the dull persistence of oppression and injustice, the scarcity of public virtue, the insolence of power, the fragility of goodness and the formidable power of appetite and self-interest.” […] There are certain negative features of the human species which cannot be greatly altered.
– Terry Eagleton, On Evil (2010)
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[A] purblind postmodern dogma holds that difference and diversity are always to be commended. No doubt this is often the case. But the blunt truth is that if the human race had been made up almost entirely of gay Latinos, with just a few heterosexual deviants thrown in here and there to keep the species ticking over, a great deal of mayhem and massacre would almost certainly have been avoided.