Culture War – “If you want a naval war, you have to build ships, and if you want a culture war, you have to build a culture. And whether it is Rome or any other city, it is not done in a day.”
‘Lullaby for a Nameless Child’ – Powerful: “Too small to run, too weak to fight/Too young to know a warning/Like thieves they caught you in the night/And stole away the morning…”
Indiana: A Religious Liberty Bellweather – An excellent piece by Rod Dreher on the controversy over Indiana’s religious freedom law.
007 ‘Spectre’ Official Teaser Trailer – Two words: Christoph Waltz.
Not That Bright – A good reminder from DeYoung: “You don’t have to bear the burdens of the planet, just bear witness to the one who can. You don’t have die for the sins of the world, just introduce people to the one who has.”
“The good deeds of men are always accompanied by an all defiling, all destroying pride that whispers, ‘My name be hallowed.'”
Top Brew – My internet-buddy Joe Darnell recently launched a podcast dedicated to all things coffee. I’m the blog’s managing editor, which basically means I get to read about delicious coffee and drool over it before any of you blokes do. By all means, check it out.
American Sniper – This is a powerful, powerful film. Ignore those dismissing it as a jingoistic shoot-em-up: it’s nothing of the sort, and they’ve clearly missed the point.
Wanted On Voyage – I don’t pre-order things. But I did pre-order George Ezra’s newest album, because it sounds too friggin’ good. It’s currently available on Spotify.
Mt. Fuji – Brilliant description of Tolkien’s incalculable impact on the fantasy genre.
Woman’s Parents Accepting of Mixed-Attractiveness Relationship – The Onion at its best: “Janet Stevens went on to say that, if the two ever got married, she would love their children no matter how average-looking they are.”
“The contents of someone’s bookcase are part of his history, like an ancestral portrait.” – Anatole Broyard
At Home in Mitford – “He loved the sound of any laughter, but hers was a laughter that ignited something in his spirit.”
Challies on home schooling: a credibility problem – “What has transpired here,” writes Joel McDurmon, “can be a wake-up call for all Christians, especially those dedicated to the golden calf of tax-funded, government schools.”
Designed for Closeness, Fellowship, and Companionship – A fantastic excerpt from Wilson’s book My Life for Yours.
Uplift and Sunshine – “The Founders knew we were not exceptional, and drafted a Constitution that did not trust us, not even a little bit. The subtext of the Constitution is not ‘beware of the English crown,’ and it is not even ‘beware of the commies from the Soviet Union.’ The subtext of the Constitution is that we are constantly to beware of boobus Americanus and the inveigling mountebanks they elect. We are particularly to watch their beady little eyes (Art. I, Sec. 2), their greasy palms (Art. III, Sec. 1), their sweaty foreheads (Art. II, Sec. 4), and their glowing promises filled with Uplift and Sunshine (Art. IV, Sec. 4).”
Snowpiercer – This looks to be interesting, at the very least.
“There is a great hunger for beauty in our world, a hunger that our popular art fails to recognize and our serious art often defies.” – Roger Scruton
Shock Report – “Back then, they called him Molech and they killed in primitive darkness. Today they call him Choice and they kill in clean, white rooms.”
Teach Him a Code of Honor – An excerpt from A Landscape with Dragons.
Aronofsky’s Noah: a panoply of Jewish paganism – Fascinating: “All this wrangling with God, but of course, Aronofsky doesn’t even believe in God. For him and his partner, ‘God’ is a literary construct used to explore the human condition. And thus, in the end, we find that all we have is our choices and our values and our mercy. And that’s what drives this apostate Jewish tradition, and what drives Aronofsky’s Noah.”
Christian Discernment and Candace Cameron as a Model of Modesty – My Mom hits this one out of the park. Just sayin.
Why Is This Issue Different? – DeYoung writes, “I received an email yesterday afternoon to this effect: Could someone please give a short, simple explanation as to why the issue of homosexuality is not like Christians differing on baptism or the millennium?”
Wolverine The Musical – ‘Who Am I?’ from Les Mis like you’ve never heard it before.
Sympathy for the Devil – Possibly the best piece on Noah I’ve read yet.
“We should not think that those who will not listen to what Scripture says will listen to anything else – so why resort to gimmickry?” – D.A. Carson
Darren Aronofsky’s Noah – A balanced and thoughtful review from Greg Thornbury: “We grew up in a world that makes Noah nice. ‘Noah’ is not nice.”
Simple Obedience – “Simple obedience is what He asks for. The strength to do one thing that’s… simply hard. Only obey. And sometimes that’s the hardest thing in the world.”
Whores for Purity – Bingo.
Hey, Beautiful, There’s a Cross in Your Cleavage – “There are a whole lot of girls out there who call themselves Christians but who dress like Jezebel… I wonder what kind of father they had (or, rather, didn’t have). I find myself astounded at their puckered lips and their bums turned towards the camera, their come-and-get-me eyes, their mid-pleasure-breath-y mouths with heads cocked back so that Dracula can target their aorta, and their imaginative treatments of trees and and kitchen islands.”
Because It’s Old – An excerpt from Brave New World.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Reviewed over at CinemaBlend. I confess I haven’t been this excited for a film since 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Marvel is upping the ante.
Paul: Why Can’t Obama Unilaterally End NSA Spying? – “The interesting thing is he unilaterally instituted this program without congressional authority. Now he’s saying he has to wait for congressional authority to undo it. I think he could unilaterally stop the program if he were serious about it.”
“A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.” – Lemony Snicket