Monday, September 29, 2008

Christ and "politics"

Jesus refused to concede that those in power represent an ideal or acceptable definition of what it means to be political. He did not say ‘You can have your politics and I shall do something else more important.’ He said, ‘Your definition of politics, and social existence, is wrong.’

- John Howard Yoder

Monday, September 22, 2008

Polkinghorne on evolution and 'creationism'

John Polkinghorne has a short article on Times Online. With 2009 offering both the 200th anniversary of the birth of Mr. Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his The Origin of Species, there has been a bit of buzz in the media lately on there favorite non-political (sort of) debate: that on evolution and creation. Polkinghorne, a particle physicist and Anglican theologian, weighs in here briefly on those very topics, as well as addressing the recent resignation of  Professor Michael Reiss from his position in the British Royal Society.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

G. K. Chesterton on Austen

From The Victorian Age in Literature:
[George Eliot's] originals and even her contemporaries had shown the feminine power in fiction as well or even better than she. Charlotte Bronte, understood along her own instincts, was as great; Jane Austen was greater. The latter comes into our present consideration only as that most exasperating thing, an ideal unachieved. It is like leaving an unconquered fortress in the rear. No woman later has captured the complete common sense of Jane Austen. She could keep her head, while all the after women went about looking for their brains. She could describe a man coolly; which neither George Eliot nor Charlotte Bronte could do. She knew what she knew, like a sound dogmatist: she did not know what she did not--like a sound agnostic. But she belongs to a vanished world before the great progressive age of which I write.