Immoral Relativism

“Child Bride: Through the Looking Glass” by Sharooq Amin

Influential (and cultural relativist) early 20th century anthropologist Ruth Benedict once wrote:

“Mankind has always preferred to say, ‘It is morally good,’ rather than “It is habitual,’ and the fact of this preference is matter enough for a critical science of ethics. But historically the […]

Thursday Open Thread

In my Humanities course yesterday we started talking about the Enlightenment… laying the foundation with Locke and Montesquieu which of course lead to a brief presentation on the importance of the concept of natural law and natural rights.

Wednesday Open Thread

Last night in my international law seminar we discussed obligations towards foreign nationals and the 1994 Singapore caning of widdle Michael Fay for vandalizing cars was discussed. 13mm thick rattan cane, 1.5m long and he was sentenced to 9 strokes and they negotiated that down to 3.

Monday Night Mashup: The Trooper Believer

Iron Maiden meets The Monkees in one of the better mashups I’ve seen.

The Politics of Wonder Woman

Over at the nerd/pop culture blog io9, there’s a list up called 6 Heroes Who Had Their Asses Thoroughly Kicked By Wonder Woman. It’s an entertaining read, and makes a pretty convincing argument that Wonder Woman is one of the strongest and most underappreciated superheroes in the DC verse (more on that later). However, […]

Sunday Open Thread

Hagia Sophia was completed on this date in 527 AD

There were giants in the earth in those days…

Extremism In The Defense of Liberty Is Not Extremism

I’d like to expand on something Rufus said the other day, about conservatives not being extremists when you consider what principles this country was founded on. This is one of the biggest lies the Left likes to push: that modern, mainstream conservatism is some kind of far-right fringe. They do this not only to […]

The Fading Cross: Christianity in European Cinema #CriterionBlogathon

(This is my entry for the Criterion Blogathon, which looks at films in the Criterion Collection.)

There’s no question that the 20th century, particularly the second half, was when Christianity saw a major decline as a political, social and cultural force in Europe.

It’s not hard to understand why: with two generations largely […]

Friday Open Thread

From an essay by G.K. Chesterton entitled “The Efficiency of Police” The Illustrated London, April 1922