Month: March 2009

Thoughtlessness and Moral Failure

Arendt came to the striking conclusion that thoughtlessness – that is, the failure to think reflectively about the world around us, our actions, and their possible consequences – can be a moral failing of the highest order. (“Blueberries, Accordians, and Auschwitz, Geddes,” Culture, Institute for Advanced Cultural Studies, University of Virginia, Fall 2008)

My mentor, Rick Davis, continues to write a series on Moral Courage over at his blog. Re-reading an article in Culture published by the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Cultural Studies left me considering the need for theological reflection all over again.

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Collapsing Statistics and Self-Identification

Last week several different outlets offered a take on the recently released ARIS research. For access to USA Today graphs of the data click here. The information compelled The Christian Science Monitor to include a piece written by Michael Spencer, a.k.a. iMonk. If you are not reading iMonk then you should be. Go over and subscribe to his RSS feed and pay attention.

After reading a few of the opinions on the matter, and having read iMonk’s piece when it came out on his blog, I could not help but think what we witness in the numbers is a “trailing indicator.” In other words, drawing lines from 1990 to 2008 is well and good but rather than help determine the cause it simply points to a decline. Maybe we should have been listening to the “fringes” much sooner.

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Friday Photo on Monday

Shooting some photos for the Digital Photography class and found this on the sidewalk. I guess we human beings are prone to commodifying just about anything.


Amazing Grace – Jason Milam

Jason plays acoustic guitar each week at Snow Hill. Here he puts together a nice version of Amazing Grace. Enjoy.


Saturday I took my two sons – yes I can count them both even if one will not be offical for a few weeks – to see Watchmen. For quite some time in the aftermath of the viewing I thought to myself, “Odd. Weird.” I could not quite put it out of my mind though. So I pulled out my copy of the novel and began reading. More than half-way through I thought I would offer a quick note. I really like the novel if that is OK to say. So far the movie tracks fairly well with the novel. However, reading the novel it is far easier to pick up the layered story the flashbacks don’t quite communicate. Maybe more when I am done.