Saturday the 16th

  1. My original (sort of) insight
  2. Lives matter, but evil ≠ problem
  3. Potemkin Xianity
  4. Profile update

1

It came to me weeks or months since I’d read anything about a new, voluntary, but barbaric and deeply disturbing fad in the civilized world. But it was just hours after seeing indignant editorial-letter virtue signaling over its third-world analog.

Preparing to blog on the connection, I Googled the topic to see if anyone else had seen it.

They had. I don’t care to wallow in barbaric and deeply disturbing fads unnecessarily, so you may follow such of these links as you have the stomach to.

2

Yes, I’m upset at the killings in Nice, as I was at the killings in Orlando, Baton Rouge and St. Paul. I’m also upset at the mass-murder of Christians for the crime of being Christians in Africa, Pakistan and the like (typically reported on page B4, below the fold, as befits the negligible cachet of Third World Christians).

Terrorism and murder are evils, not problems. I’ve said it before: if there’s no solution, there’s no “problem.” Best we can do is reduce a few vulnerabilities, remain vigilant, and pray for revival.

UPDATE: Vacationing Sunday, I went to Matins and Liturgy at the Orthodox Church there. The (visiting) Priest minced no words in his homily: The terrorist attacks and mass murders are Demonic. He’s playing for all the marbles and if we aren’t light of the world as Christ called us, he’ll win them.

3

Christianity in America is strong in pockets, but mostly its strength is only apparent. It is a façade that will come tumbling down when social conditions are right. This is something that most of us Christians will live to see. This is something that few of us Christians will have prepared for.

And when it happens, our bishops, leading pastors, and senior laymen will be like the GOP Establishment in the Age of Trump, left to wonder what in the hell happened.

(Rod Dreher, echoing Michael Brendan Dougherty, but transposed up from GOP politics to Christianity)

4

I have updated my profile for this blog.

Notable changes: I’m not sure I can call myself “conservative” any longer without qualifications. But I’m sure not a liberal in common parlance, either.

I guess I’m Transideology. You may worship and valorize me now.

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If blogging isn’t light-to-nonexistent next week, then I’m an idiot.

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“In learning as in traveling and, of course, in lovemaking, all the charm lies in not coming too quickly to the point, but in meandering around for a while.” (Eva Brann)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.