One the inspirations for Front Porch Republic (if not, unfortunately, an active participant in FPR itself), Rod Dreher of Crunchy Con fame, has taken up a new gig: he is the editor of a new online publication, Big Questions Online (or BQO, as it apparently will mostly be known), a venture put together by the John Templeton Foundation, where Rod now works. Do check the new e-zine out. It’s an impressive debut, with a broad and deep range of thinkers and writers discussing the deeper questions (about science and religion, markets and morals) behind the public issues and idiosyncratic debates of the day. It looks, if might be so bold, somewhat like what FPR might have looked like, if 1) the folks who organized FPR hadn’t had a clear (if debatable and multifaceted) agenda in mind, and 2) they’d also had a lot of money to spread around. Perhaps FPR can aspire to such someday…or, on the other hand, perhaps our decided “amateur” (in the classic sense) approach to talking about matters of public import will continue to serve us well. In any case, it’s wonderful to have yet another source to consult when looking for intelligent considerations of the ideas, ideologies, and beliefs which, whether acknowledged or not, underlie pretty much everything which takes place in the public square. I’d suggest you bookmark it accordingly.