Author Archives: readerjohn

About readerjohn

I am a retired lawyer and an Orthodox Christian, living in a collapsing civilization, the modern West. There are things I'll miss when it's gone. There are others I won't. That it is collapsing is partly due to calculated subversion, summarized by the moniker "deathworks." This blog is now dedicated to exposing and warring against those deathwork - without ceasing to spread a little light.

Democrat face-plant

I generally avert my eyes from Trump, so crazed is he. Peggy Noonan can’t, and saw something unexpected — maybe epic. Continue reading

Posted in Bread & Circuses, Demographics, Duly noted_stay tuned, liberalism, Political Matters, populism, progressivism, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Caveat Emptor

David Bentley Hart is no Orthodox theologian. Continue reading

Posted in deathworks, History, Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Sundry flakes | Tagged | Leave a comment

Cultural Liturgies

We are bad at enough stuff and have a history sufficiently marked with sorrow to create fertile ground for repentance. We lack the humility to greet it. Continue reading

Posted in American Folk Religion, Bread & Circuses, Civil Religion, deathworks, Naked Public Square, Secularism | Leave a comment

Montana’s Blaine Amendment case

Will the Supreme Court’s Espinoza decision commit “conservative judicial activism”? Continue reading

Posted in Dignitary harm, Discrimination, Legalia, Religious freedom | Leave a comment

Notable, quotable

Yes, the Wall Street Journal got “Notable & Quotable,” but they’re still regular English descriptive words. [W]hat still escapes most of us who “opt out” of Facebook and the like: making a loud declaration of our deletion of social media … Continue reading

Posted in Miscellany, Uncategorized

Impeachment

Admonishing the Senate, including Indiana’s Junior Senator Mike Braun. Continue reading

Posted in deathworks, Political Matters, Senate | Tagged

Liturgy, mimesis, humus

If there’s no formula for becoming holy, then how can you pull off a symposium on holiness? Continue reading

Posted in Ecclesiology, Ecumenism, lifeworks, Liturgy, Orthodoxy, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Sacramental Tapestry

Miscellany

Surveillance capitalism creeps me out. I don’t control my lights, door locks, or anything else by speaking commands to my 1st-generation Amazon Echo. Indeed, I shut the microphone off about a year ago and I only use it like a … Continue reading

Posted in "Spiritual" (maybe Religious), Capitalism, Consumerism, Damn rackets, deathworks, Fasting, Food, Playful, progressivism, Small is Beautiful, Sport, Technology

Shame on Mike Braun

There’s little I despise more than the powerful attacking free speech by impugning others’ loyalty. Continue reading

Posted in deathworks, Foreign Affairs

A real deal Christian on the left

Would that all become Orthodox Christians, but better by far to follow the Shane Claiborne path than to leave all semblance of Christianity. Continue reading

Posted in Evangelicalism, Free-range Christians, Intrigued, lifeworks, Political Matters, Religiopreneurs