Imagining Our Children into Non-Existence

One of the consolations of the religious mindset is the release from the illusion that we can control our destinies. The release from this illusion, the believer knows, is also a relief from the pressures associated with our attempts to control our lives. Even the irreligious can come to learn this, and one of the best educations in the disillusionment of control is parenthood. Technology, however, increasingly saps parenthood of the capacity to teach this lesson. Just look at this article in the New York Times. Read

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Society Gone Wild

If you have ever found yourself up late at night staring at the television, you’ll likely be familiar with Joe Francis’s work. Joe Francis is the brains (?) behind “Girls Gone Wild,” that lovely, $40 million a year series of videotapes or DVDs that provide a historical record of the varieties of undergarments worn and removed by mostly drunken old girls and young women of the early twenty-first century.

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What Keeps Me Up at Night

The paragraphs have the nice measured tone of a University of Chicago law professor, but they are of the same cloth as the recent allegations that American politics is listing toward theocracy. There are many such accusations, with some of them now bloated to book-length. The most popular of these books is Kevin Phillips’ American Theocracy. These types of arguments have all kinds of built-in assumptions that the authors know better than to reveal. But if you reflect, or even merely linger, over the paragraphs above, you quickly can see how ludicrous the concerns are. Read

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