One of the most important insights of the recently deceased Roger Scruton was that this obligation to create beauty applies as much to our buildings and city streets as to painting or literature. Scruton came to this realization out of his deep conviction that the task of conservatism is to make ourselves at home. In … Continue reading The Permanent Symbols of a Settled Form of Life
Art’s premise is that you have to enter into this process over and over in order to get anywhere, and there’s not some product that’s going to rescue you. - Christian Wiman in Faith & Leadership, "Christian Wiman: Making Art is an Expression of Faith"
Contrary to popular belief, though, workaholism isn’t so much about the actual hours that people work but more about how people experience work–including the physical and psychological consequences it has on them. An interesting peculiarity of workaholism is its ability to simultaneously boost employee engagement, and impair health and well-being. In other words, workaholics are more … Continue reading Spiritual Workaholism?
Among U.S. adults who attend religious services a few times a year or more often, almost half (45%) say they’re not sure whether the clergy at their congregation are Democrats or Republicans, and roughly a quarter (27%) say their clergy are a mix of both. When congregants think they know the political affiliation of their … Continue reading Pastor, How’d You Vote?
For over 200 years, humanity has made incredible leaps and bounds in improving economic growth, material abundance, and human health, driving up many of the key factors in human well-being, while simultaneously driving down child mortality, violence, war, poverty, ignorance, immiseration, and a plethora of other negative indicators. However, progress forward isn’t progress completed. As … Continue reading Rationally Optimistic
- "Stupid Meaning of Life" via Existential Comics Existential Comics is consistently funny, and this is a perfect rejoinder to Sartre. "Hey buddy, I really like this idea! You'll totally hate where I go with it, but why do you care?"
A painting that for years hung over a hotplate in a Compiegne kitchen has been identified as a 13th century tempera-on-panel by Cimabue. Its owner, a woman in her 90s, knew nothing about it. She thought it was a Russian religious icon and had no recollection of how or when she’d gotten it. Even … Continue reading I Also Put Priceless Art Above the Hotplate
The goal of faithfulness is not that we will do work for God, but that He will be free to do His work through us. – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, "December 18: Test of Faithfulness"
The quotes belong to William Blake and the illustrations are Kleon's. The result is wonderful.
Evangelical elites are clearly as out of touch with the populist evangelical base as is the case in society in general. And lambasting populist evangelicals as hypocrites or dimwits will simply perpetuate the divide. - Carl Trueman, First Things, "Evangelical Elites Are Out of Touch" This is Trueman's clinching line, reacting to an editorial by … Continue reading Concerning Evangelicals Everyone is a Dunderhead