Monday, August 5, 2013

    1. Give backwardness a chance!
    2. A finely callibrated crap detector
    3. R.I.P. Robert Bellah


Artur Rosman was born in Warsaw, but is secretly Krakovian. He is husband, father of three, and translator of several books (Polish to English, always looking for more work!).

He is presently writing a dissertation on theology in the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz at the University of Washington in the Comparative Literature department.

Artur also likes long walks on the beach and candlelight dinners.

Artur also is author of the blog Cosmos The In Lost: Wherein a dynamic catholic backwardness reigns. Sunday, he pondered The Problem of the Good:

I hereby declare myself a Rabelaisian Catholic, because the taint of the Puritan untainted makes me feel dirty. Let me go even further: all those Catholics (and others) who  complain about the compromised bishops, big crisis of the church, the cabal of the clergy, and so on (ad nauseaum) are anathema to me. I embrace my historical continuity with bad Catholics of all stripes, times and ages.

It would feel extremely uncomfortable (like in the back of a Volkswagen) if everyone were as unalloyed as both the New York Times Catholics and Neo-Conservative Catholics make themselves out to be.

Observance in the breach deserves our admiration much more than untroubled dissent.

As screwed up as our progressive world is, backwardness just might be worth a try.


Another blog I recently began following is JustOneMinute: Following The Arc From “Yes We Can” To “You Sit Thinking, ‘You Know, Maybe. I Don’t Know.'” (sic) His crap detector is better than mine, and I think mine can be really good at times.

In my defense, I did not quote, contra Goldman Sachs, the $5 billion figure, and it appears the only thing in doubt is how badly the scam has hurt aluminum prices, not whether it has.


Never meet people whose books you read. Otherwise you’ll remember Derrida’s clammy handshake every time you pick up one of his books.

(Artur Rosman quoting his former professor, Douglas Collins) Or, in Artur’s case, he’ll always remember Robert Bellah for his stupid and sub-Christian e-mail of 2006. My personal favorite (not!) excerpt:

As for eternal life, that is now. If we don’t see eternity in a grain of sand, when will we ever see it. As for resurrection, as Tillich said, dead men don’t walk. But Christ was surely resurrected in the consciousness of his disciples and is more alive today than the day he was crucified, in the faces of all those who follow his example and who keep him alive.

Many wonder workers have resurrected the dead. I never understood those who think the truth of Christianity hinges on the physical resurrection of Jesus. If that is the test then a lot of nutty religions are also true. Eternal life is here and now.

I’m fairly certain I was aware that Bellah was no orthodox Christian. I don’t even believe he considered himself conservative, though conservatives came to lionize him.

But he was one heckuva sociologist of religion. May he rest in peace despite it all.

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“The remarks made in this essay do not represent scholarly research. They are intended as topical stimulations for conversation among intelligent and informed people.” (Gerhart Niemeyer)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.