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PowerLinks 10.31.13

Just How Useless is Orthodox Environmental Thought? Fr Michael Butler Does Orthodox environmental thought stand on claims made by non-Orthodox, Western activists and scientists? Praise be to Soros for investing millions in Baltimore Terry Mattingly, Get Religion What I think is missing here — in light of Soros’ beliefs as an atheist — is a story that truly explores precisely why he wants to get involved in this kind of, to be blunt, urban ministry. Continue Reading...

Gaia’s Vengeance: The Caustic Cliché of Environmentalism

In this week’s Acton Commentary, Ryan H. Murphy asks, “Why don’t we bat an eye when extremists hope a pagan god will smite SUV owners?” TV Tropes, a Wikipedia-style website, catalogs many clichés of fiction, including this, which the site calls “Gaia’s Vengeance.” Some variation on this theme can be found in major Hollywood movies like The Happening, The Day After Tomorrow, and Avatar. Continue Reading...

Poet Christian Wiman: Getting Glimpses Of God

Former editor of Poetry magazine Christian Wiman struggles, like many of us, to make sense of suffering and faith. His struggle is poetic: God goes belonging to every riven thing. He’s made the things that bring him near, made the mind that makes him go. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.30.13

Religious-Discrimination Claims on the Rise Melanie Trottman, Wall Street Journal Complaints Include Dress Codes, Working on the Sabbath, Handling Alcohol Humility — America’s Greatest Virtue? Emma Elliott Freire , AFF Doublethink Online American humility is not an oxymoron. Continue Reading...

The Real Lesson of Prohibition

In 1919 Congress passed the Volstead Act enforcing the Eighteenth Amendment, prohibiting, for almost all purposes, the production, sale, and distribution of alcoholic beverages. There are two erroneous things everybody has learned from Prohibition, says Anthony Esolen: “First, it is wrong to try to legislate morality. Continue Reading...

Get Your Hands Dirty: ‘Engaging Heavy Reading’

Today at Ethika Politika, John Medendorp, former editor of Calvin Seminary’s Stromata, reviews Jordan Ballor’s Get Your Hands Dirty for my channel Via Vitae. He writes, Although Ballor’s book is very accessible, the reading is by no means “light.” I would call it “engaging heavy reading.” While the concepts are clear and the analogies riveting, Ballor has a way of putting so much into a sentence that it can take some time to work through his ideas. Continue Reading...