11202249_ori Macbeth & the Culture of Life

It may seem absurd to leave after seeing director Justin Kurzel’s new adaptation of Macbeth and to think, “Now that’s pro-life.” That is because, true to the Shakespearean original, the film abounds with violence and blackened, gory blood. The eponymous character’s name rhymes with death, and his tragedy traffics in it. A cast of fresh corpses... [Read more...]

maxresdefault Culture-War Vertigo? Free-Solo Fear? Mind the Rock

Alex Honnold is a 29-year-old rock climbing prodigy. He is the only climber ever to have completed the Yosemite Triple. That’s 7,000 feet of sheer wall in one day. His climbs are absolutely stunning. Take just one example: Moonlight Buttress, called “Moonlight” for short, a climb with 700 feet of splitter finger crack—that’s climber lingo... [Read more...]

1798 ---  by William Holland --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS What is Culture to the Christian?

Those on the outside have the most to complain about. The political party in the minority criticizes the governance of the majority. The losing team bemoans unfair odds and an unbalanced field. The little guy speaks of what he would do differently if only he were in charge. And, increasingly, we Christians grow frustrated with the decline of culture.... [Read more...]

8581_Pluralism-Photomontage-628x309 Our Daily Culture Shock

Alienation, nervous excitement, homesick melancholy, wonder, anxiety, isolation—the experience of culture shock is nothing if not complex. The lone tourist, the exchange student, the refugee, and the immigrant are the most susceptible, but perhaps you feel a tinge of it yourself right now. Are you home? [Read more…]  Read More →

Luca_signorelli,_cappella_di_san_brizio,_poets,_dante,_entrata_nel_purgatorio Pilgrim Nostalgia

Nostalgia, Greek for the pain of homesickness, is my constant companion. I imagine that such is the case for many, if not all, immigrants, exiles, and refugees. Men and women who serve tours in the military, work in diplomacy, or drive a truck day and night probably carry it with them too. The time of the setting sun, like nothing else, evokes the sentiment.... [Read more...]

the-triumph-of-death.jpg!HD The Smiling Face of Terror

The Muslim holy season of Ramadan this year has been marred by major terrorist attacks by radical Islamic militants all around the world, from our own nation, to Turkey, Iraq, and others. Reading an article about the bombings in Bangladesh, however, caught my attention in a particular way. The details of each mass shooting or bombing carry such horrendous... [Read more...]

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