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Dumbledore

. . . is gay, huh?  I must admit that 1) it’s not all that shocking, and 2) this doesn’t change anything about the books themselves (especially since this doesn’t feature in the plot).  I recommend John Granger’s post that explains why it’s not all that shocking, and why the Harry Potter books are no […]

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Culture

“Enjoy your Halo!”

Today I was sitting in a certain fast-food restaurant that may or may not have its roots in the Scottish immigrant community of the United States, and I heard a parting phrase that I had never heard before. One employee of this establishment was leaving at the end of his shift, and another employee, who […]

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Culture

The Abolition of Man

I was assigned to read C.S. Lewis’ Abolition of Man this week for class, and enjoyed it immensely. For someone who grew up reading his work (I started as a child with the Chronicles of Narnia, as most did, and in junior high graduated to his Space Trilogy. Shortly after that, I read Mere Christianity, […]

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Culture Quotes

Quote 3 – C.S. Lewis on Instincts and Values

“Telling us to obey instincts is like telling us to obey ‘people.’ People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war. If it is held that the instinct for preserving the species should always be obeyed at the expense of other instincts, whence to we derive this rule of precedence? To listen […]

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Church Culture

Georgia Multiculturalism

I have GOT to get used to this whole blogging thing. I’m slipping already. Anyway, I read this article in the New York Times online the other day, about a Baptist church adapting to the growing multiculturalism of its neighborhood. It’s encouraging to hear of this example, but I wonder how many other churches are […]

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Culture History Quotes

Quote 2 – The Roots of Sociology

“The consequences of the shift from agricultural [premodern, traditional] to [modern] industrial societies on social norms were so large that they gave birth to an entirely new academic discipline, sociology, which sought to describe and understand these changes. Virtually all of the great social thinkers at the end of the nineteenth century – including Toennies, […]