C. M. Sturges: Woe To The Little Boys

Some of you know about John Taylor Gatto, the highly regarded, highly experienced, highly qualified educator who is also very outspoken about what is deeply wrong in the American educational system today. Mr. Gatto did not write the link that is referenced below, but he is quoted prominently — I think his opinions are very much worth paying attention to.

The further discussion by the writer of the post — C. M. Sturges — includes, but is not limited to, the use of Ritalin to control the behavior of school boys.

The link was recommended by Anthro, a commenter here. I urge that it be carefully read by fathers, educators, and church leaders (and anyone else). Its title, “Woe To The Little Boys,” is more truth than hype. Our young boys in America are in a very bad situation, and I for one don’t see a workable way out for many of them.

http://apocalypsecometh.com/woe-little-boys/

Joseph Ratzinger And The End Of Modernism

     Dr. Jeffrey Mirus, formerly a professor at Christendom College, and now the president of Trinity Communications, has written an article titled, “The End of Modernism: Joseph Ratzinger’s Dialog With Love,” which you can access at this link:

http://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/articles.cfm?id=599

     In this article, Dr. Mirus flatly proclaims that “Modernism is theologically dead.”  And about Joseph Ratzinger, he says:

     “Joseph Ratzinger was among those who most deeply perceived the real solution to the Modernist dilemma, for he recognized that the Word of God is ultimately a Person, disclosing Himself in history, speaking and awaiting a response, joining humanity to God in the Incarnation, and facilitating a pattern of Revelation and response which carries the human person through death and into eternal life.”

     Joseph Ratzinger, as you are probably aware, served the Roman Catholic Church as Benedict XVI, and is now living in retirement as Pope Emeritus.  Before his election to the papacy, he was best known as the cardinal who helped John Paul II produce the current Catechism of the church.

     As most of you know, I am not a practicing Catholic, but I have been interested in, and impressed by certain aspects of Catholic theology for a long time, and I have read (with enjoyment and a sense of enrichment) several books by the recent popes, including the currently published Catechism.

     Given the “sound bite” treatment (and “suspect celebrity” treatment) that recent popes have received in Western media, I appreciate commentary, such as this article, that treat matters at a deeper level.

Justin Raimondo: The Times They May Be A-Changin

     Actually, Mr. Raimondo says the times they ARE a-changin, and I, for one, hope that he is right, in the way that he means.  But I think he may be too hopeful.

     For those who might not know, Justin Raimondo has been libertarian and consistently anti-war in his political views for his entire life, as far as I can tell.  

     Full disclosure:  he is also gay, so if that is a deal-breaker for you, you need not trouble yourself to read farther.

     Further full disclosure:  since I have posted this link, I do NOT think that that is a deal-breaker.  I am happy to give the time of day to anyone who prefers efforts for peace over continuous drumbeats for “preemptive wars” (read: utterly unjustified, unjust, and aggressive wars), that have been supported and executed by “straight” people with “traditional values” who should know better.

The Times They Are a-Changin’

     Comments pro and con are entirely welcome.

 

Matt Redman: Church, Worship, Fatherhood

Matt Redman is a writer of Christian worship songs. I don’t know much about him, beyond what can be learned from this comment and the related video. The context of the video is an interview, including a discussion of why men have trouble connecting to certain types of worship songs.

http://dalrock.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/the-elevation-of-romantic-love-and-the-wisdom-of-a-beta-orbiter/#comment-95511

But this one quote stands out:  

“The church has been under-fathered and over-mothered.”

Your comments are much appreciated, on either the ‘manosphere’ comment, or the contents of the video itself.

Modernism and Post-Modernism

Friends,

I have recently posted this short item at Sycamore Three:

http://www.sycamorethree.blogspot.com/2013/10/one-cheer-for-post-modernism.html

In this post, I departed a little from my usual tone of voice in discussing a topic, where I try to make a case for what I am saying; in this case, since I am attacking an idea, or a complex of ideas, I write more like the foreman of a jury, or a judge, rendering a verdict — the evidence having already having been presented elsewhere, the reasonable doubts having already been considered, and the time for a judgment having come.  My verdict is against Modernism, and I commend, with one cheer, the Post Modernists for having done one thing right — they have testified against Modernism, which I hold to be guilty of many of our current ills.

On the other hand, “Post Modernism” is usually considered very uncongenial to what is often held to be a “Christian world view.”

I welcome any commentary here, and the development of ideas and counter ideas.  It may be that there are “fifty righteous” in the City of Modernism — or even forty-five, as Abraham hoped — and the City should be spared for their sake.  

Thanks in advance for any participation in this discussion.