Religion & Other Curiosities
Two Germanies, Or Maybe Three
German public opinion is veering away from the original spontaneous welcome to the masses of migrants. There are three sectors of the public: a minority still affirming the legendary “welcome culture”; another minority vocally hostile; and a large group in the middle not firmly committed either way.
Religion & Other Curiosities Hiatus
Normal posting will resume in November.
St. Vitus’ Dance and the Rational Actor
Institutions, which are typically based on rational assumptions, are dams holding at bay the howling frenzies lurking in human souls. All institutions are fragile. Sometimes the dams break.
Compassion and Interests
A moral vision is important, but it helps greatly if you can appeal to hard interests as well as to conscience.
Church Picnics and the Communion of Saints
It is unrealistic to force people who have nothing in common in this world to enjoy relaxed sociability, and yet that has become the norm among American religious communities.
Editing the Past
ISIS is destroying Palmyra in order to murder history, in a manner of speaking. The past is not all that unchangeable—whether by eliminating its physical remains or by rewriting the “narrative.”