Month: January 2017

CultureJournalismLife

Abortion Over The Atlantic

The first thing readers should know about Moira Weigel’s essay in The Atlantic is its original title. When the piece went live early Tuesday morning, that title was “How the Ultrasound Pushed the Idea That a Fetus Is a Person.” But by 1PM on the east coast, the article bore a new moniker: “How the…

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Safe, Legal, and Everywhere

Photo of the day: Here's what I wrote last year about the slow, underhanded, but very real disappearance of the center in the pro-choice camp. What’s happening for the abortion lobby is that its political myths are falling apart. “Safe, legal, and rare” was a carefully crafted slogan, built to elicit both protective instincts…

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LifeMusingPop culture

The Thrill Is Gone

Some scattered thoughts about that Sherlock finale....[warning: possible spoilers ahead] To me, the whole of season 4 has been a scattered, hokey, delight-scarce mess. "The Final Problem" epitomized that characterization. Yes, it was interesting, in the same way that lots of lousy books get finished by virtue of sheer, morbid curiosity. But there was just…

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BooksJournalismLife

Who Framed Christopher Hitchens?

One of my favorite books from 2016 was Larry Taunton's The Faith of Christopher Hitchens, which I reviewed for Mere-O. I found it to be a gripping spiritual biography of an atheist. No, the words "spiritual biography of an atheist" are not self-contradictory. Atheists have spiritual lives, whether they cop to the fact or not.…

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Flattery Politics

What’s the value of a populist policy platform if the campaign is obsessed with celebrity glitz and glamour? Why was the Democratic convention a parade of celebrities? Why are you turning over your social media accounts to Lena Dunham, to post things about how white men are finished, when you desperately need to shore up…

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BooksCultureLifeTheology

Thoughts on Christian Publishing

On Twitter, Jared Wilson flagged this list of the bestselling Christian books of 2016. I've seen previous iterations of this list, and each one that I've seen looks frighteningly alike. The gentlest way to say it: the Christian publishing industry is utterly dominated by therapeutic self-help literature. What's more, the sheer amount of non-literature on the…

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