Of Books and Music

I have two new pieces up: a reflection on Graham Greene's "The End of the Affair" and what it tells us about modern Christian beliefs about sex and marriage, at Christ and Pop Culture; and a review of Edward Dusinberre's "Beethoven for a Later Age" at The Weekly Standard.


Once in a while it is well to remember that the cross was originally a torture device rather then a jewelry fashion.

On the other hand it became just that: the emblem of kings and nations. Perhaps we can remember that as a symbolism for whenever we are asked to do that when we take up our cross it will be made something beautiful.
Actually you don't have to be "hardly the poster boy for marital fidelity or obedience to Church teachings" to resent The Rules.

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