Culture, High & Low

The Bombadil Option

November 13, 2014
Manchester, CT “Old Tom Bombadil is a merry fellow, Bright blue his jacket is, and his boots are yellow. None has ever caught him yet, for Tom, he is the master: His songs are stronger songs, and his feet are
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Oneself as Another in the Controlled Burn: A Dispatch

post-21012-Squirrel-flame-thrower-GIVE-ME-deNV November 12, 2014
Low flames and smoke and visions of the eschaton.
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Catholic Corruption That Begs for Martin Luther

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  The story of government-induced corruption and other such ills of centralization is nothing new for the Front Porch Republic. Thus, the developing story of how such issues are now haunting the Roman Catholic Church in Germany (and, as a…
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A Little Home Cooking

November 11, 2014
Richmond, VA I do not think it outrageous, every now and then, to despair for the future of cooking in this country. Not all the time, no, for there are still encouraging signs that many people are willing to undertake…
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Papal Permissiveness via Annulment Reform

Pope_Alexander_Vi (1) October 25, 2014
Phoenix, Arizona. The Front Porch Republic’s theme of “limits” clearly encompasses contemporary topics about the boundaries of human marriage and the degree that a church can alter such boundaries via creative developments of its doctrine. Thus, it is appropriate to…
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Smitten With The Mitten: Beer in SW Michigan

October 23, 2014
Holland, MI Most “beer ranking lists” have Michigan somewhere in the top 5 of best beer states. I don’t need a list to tell me that I already know Michigan has an embarrassment of riches on this score, and it…
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Appropriate Skepticism and Papal Authority

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Belief that the Holy Spirit invariably leads the Roman Catholic Church to what is true requires one to suspend reasonable skepticism about the typical dysfunction and fallibility of humans and human institutions. Moreover, it seems appropriate for individual Christians (even…
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C.S. Lewis, Insomnia, and the Charientocracy

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… which bleeds at a touch but scratches like a wildcat ...
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Against Diversity—And For It

The_REAL_Rainbow_Babies (1) October 8, 2014
When I’m a dead white male I will have achieved the apotheosis of repugnance.
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The Little Way of Raymond Chandler

October 7, 2014
Or, “Shaken and Stirred: The Cosmopolitan, the City, and the Regime of God” Queens, NY The following essay was presented at FPR’s annual conference in Louisville on September 27. What I’m going to try to do today is convince you…
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The Loss of a Culture of Personhood and the End of Limited Government

October 6, 2014
Philadelphia, PA The idea and practice of limited government begins with Christianity.  Pagan antiquity could not imagine such a thing, because there was no distinction between religion and governance.   For the pagan, there is an overall order to all…
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Texting: Why I Resolve to Avoid It

October 1, 2014
Recently I travelled to Louisville to attend the Front Porch Republic conference. The experience was memorable in several ways—not least of all in the outstanding presentations and remarkable fellowship. It also occasioned for me reflection upon a now common means…
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Archimedean Points, Above and Below

Archimedes_lever September 24, 2014
“To the famous Archimedean boast:  ‘Give me whereon to stand and I will move the world.’.  Rabelais answers: ‘I move with my ship; and the waves of the world give way.’”    –John Cowper Powys One could choose a less fruitful…
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Life in the Kolache Belt: Reflections from the Intersection of Food, Faith, Farming, and Fracking

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In some ways, the little farming community of Hallettsville where I have spent a writing sabbatical still resides in a simpler time. Czechs and Germans came in the 1800s and brought a culture that remains surprisingly stable. My Dworsky forebears,…
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What Would the Father of Nationalism Say About Scottish Independence?

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[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] On Thursday, voters in Scotland will go to the polls and either choose “Yes,” meaning that they want Scotland to become an independent state, or “No,” meaning that they want Scotland to remain in the…
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Please Block the Way: Campaigning Against Courtesy

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Japanese rail commuters ride train station escalators the way you might expect: those who are in no hurry stand to the right, leaving a ‘passing lane’ for those who walk or run up or down the escalator. The East Japan…
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