Monthly archive December, 2011

After the Referendum:
Sudan Negotiates National and Religious Identity in the North

By Alex Thurston The secession of South Sudan in July 2011 posed an existential question for (North) Sudan: what will be the political and cultural basis of the nation, which is in some ways a new country itself? In December 2010, shortly before the referendum on Southern secession, President Omar al Bashir gave his answer: “We’ll change...

Anorexic Republicans, Starving Our Body Politic

From Eric L. Santner's essay "The New Idolatry: Religious Thnking in the Un-Commonwealth of America," currently posted at The Chicago Blog:
...one might think about the similarities between the attitude of Republicans to taxes and that of anorexics to food. For both, less is always better, and nothing would be best of all. Republicans have...

Catholic Attitude

My mail item of the week award goes to New Oxford Review, based in Berkeley California, for their stunning subscription mailer.  The oversized envelope shows a 6 inch image of a Catholic Crusader, circa, well, the Crusades.  To his right is the one inch, all capital letters, "CATHOLIC ATTITUDE."  I've got it pasted to...

Daily Links: Don’t Call It a Comeback

Media in the West love the narrative that godless, Communist Russia eventually fell to the relentless, holy hand of capitalism (to be specific, the one at the end of Ronald Reagan's right arm).  Now that communism is gone, lookee there!  Russians are flocking to view Our Lady's Belt. Visitors are required, because of the outrageously...

Taking Tocqueville and Darwin for a Ride

By Nathan Schradle If something like a “Global Civil Society” ever becomes a reality (I’m picturing a giant face made of thousands of tiny robots, like in the Matrix Revolutions… only hopefully slightly less hell-bent on the destruction of the human species), it may want to give a huge shout-out to the year 1831....

Give Us This Day Our Daily Links

Minority Rights are a "Special Privilege;" Next to Newt's Godliness; Tebowing the Spotlight; Catholic Attitude; Because Your Military Rulers Said So; The Sui Juris of Citizenship

For Liberals: An Academic Candy Coating for the
Bitter Pill of God

Amy Levin:  Those who find religion scholars to be an insular grouping of armchair academics out of touch with the “real world” (a term said scholars enjoy deconstructing), might have been surprised to hear some of the panels at this year’s American Academy of Religion (AAR) Conference in San Francisco. Though the conference followed...

One Verse at a Time

Ashley Baxstrom: There are trending topics, and then there are trending topics. Like the kind that will last 86 years rather than a week. Bonus staying power if they’re holy! Beliefnet reported a project called "#TweetTheBible,” started by some guy named Anthony J. Thompson and his friends, who basically joked that St. Paul would totally...