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Beauty and the Beer Holder in the Built Environnment

Katedra2 March 25, 2015
Rock Island, IL The combined Feb. 23 and March 2 issue of the New Yorker (2015) has some gems in it. I neglected a whole pint of beer reading Mary Norris’s “Holy Writ: Learning to Love the House Style.” It’s…
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The Letter to Iran and Bipartisan Hype

Tom-Cotton March 24, 2015
Sioux Center, Iowa.   Most Republican members of the U.S. Senate have signed a public letter to the Iranian government warning that any agreement with President Obama that is not approved by the Senate is likely to be transitory and counterproductive…
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Game’s On!

ncaa-basketball-floor March 18, 2015
Rock Island, IL John Oliver has a take-down of NCAA Division 1 basketball that is funny in its way and probably more right than wrong. I’m not one to suppose that if you’re winning you’re cheating (unless you’re playing my…
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Group Decisionmaking and Individual Responsibility

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Part of the pushback against the notion that groups can make decisions comes from the fear that we already use groups to absolve ourselves of individual responsibility. James Buchanan made this the central plank in his argument for the inevitability…
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From the Multiversity Cave: Augustine and Amare

Augustine March 16, 2015
This post is part of a series that will explore what prominent thinkers can teach us about today’s public multiversity, the modern university with its many colleges, departments, and other administrative units that play multiple functions and roles in our…
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Poetry as Poison

feather March 11, 2015
Ingham County, MI Take the time to reread A.E. Housman’s “Terrence, This is Stupid Stuff,” a poem that pits beer against poetry, partying against self-inflicted suffering. That’s not quite right. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that the poem…
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Saving Church for Adults

Church service March 10, 2015
Grand Rapids, MI Recently, in a posting entitled “A Culture of Millstones,” Katharine Dalton has lamented the too-colorful language her children are exposed to in church – words like whore, prostitute, pole-dance, and sleeping around.  Apparently some pastors, four in…
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Do Groups Make Choices After All?

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Mike Munger was recently on EconTalk, where he is a very regular guest. This time the subject of discussion was his latest book Choosing in Groups. Munger is an excellent political scientist and philosopher, but I wanted to challenge…
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Booth Tarkington after the Great War, ‘That Disquieted and Questioning Time’

bilde March 5, 2015
In this excerpt from America Moved: Booth Tarkington’s Memoirs of Time and Place, 1869–1928, Tarkington reflects on the changes he observed in America following the end of the Great War. Not many of the soldiers who came back to…
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The Church Localversal Part 4: Oz

WizardofOz March 3, 2015
The water doesn't give a damn what you think.
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Apocalypticism for Porchers

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If it’s your thing — and it’s certainly not everybody’s thing — it’s not a bad time to be an apocalypticist. A few weeks ago, Pope Francis once again implored people to read Robert Hugh Benson’s novel of the Antichrist,…
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Building Houses on Sandy Ground

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In the summer of 2004, I packed all of my worldly belongings into a small U-Haul trailer and made the trek from Central Texas to the Florida Panhandle. I was going to begin a two-year clerkship with a federal judge…
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The Academy Awards as a Religious Experience

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The stylish crowd that walked the red carpet to the Oscars likely had not donned their Sunday best earlier in the day for a trip to church. Even so, the show still offered a look at religion as Hollywood sees…
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The Church Localversal, Part 3

CathedralOfThePines February 24, 2015
Brokenness is a traveling condition.
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History as Manifesto

February 23, 2015
Dillon, MT Having a personal and professional interest in what people think history is for, I read The History Manifesto with great interest. Jo Guldi (Brown) and David Armitage (Harvard) are having a “think big” moment about History, in an…
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On Dying Where You’re Planted: The Rooted Pastor

February 20, 2015
Manchester, CT I am grudgingly accepting that you don’t choose the place; the place chooses you. I’ve moved around a lot during my time on the planet, first as luggage, then as the guy with the luggage. But I’ve been sitting…
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