Category Archives: Capitalism

Jesus, loser

I think Christian Smith pretty well described Moralistic Therapeutic Deism when he coined the term, but Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon’s definition is now my favorite: The function of Church in society is to keep spiritually healthy and morally upright those … Continue reading

Posted in American Folk Religion, Asceticism, Capitalism, Consumerism, Damn rackets, Jeremiad, Orthodoxy, Religiopreneurs

Reconsidering

Young people are showing a strange attraction to socialism, as are many Christians who might have been expected to sustain [Michael] Novak’s philosophy of virtuous capitalism. The U.S. lacks leaders who combine prudence and moral vision. (Robert A. Sirico, What … Continue reading

Posted in Capitalism, Corporatism, Distributism, Economia, Small is Beautiful

Liars can figure

When the latest jobs report comes out Friday, look beyond the top-line number. For months now economists have suggested that the low unemployment rate—4.1% as of last month’s report—implies that America is at or near full employment. Yet the labor … Continue reading

Posted in Capitalism, Economia, Political Matters

Thursday, 10/26/17

In which I twice quote Michael Brendan Dougherty Tweets and also lament the downward trajectory of religious freedom. In this blog are many categories. Continue reading

Posted in Abortion distortion factor, Capitalism, Civil Religion, conservatism, Gaying away the Pray, Health Care, Marriage (real), Naked Emperors, Pinch of Incense, Political Matters, progressivism, Religious freedom, Speech & Press, statism, Sundry flakes, The best lack all conviction, the worst are full of passionate intensity, Transvaluation of Values

Sort of a Sabbatical

Sunday was busier and more tiring than usual, but the real reason I don’t have much blog today is that I’m still chewing on one of Saturday’s blogs and related articles I’ve collected over the past decade-plus. This can stand … Continue reading

Posted in "Spiritual" (maybe Religious), Capitalism, Economia, History

When Capitalism lost First Things …

There have been murmurs — if I could recall from where, I’d link them — that the current editors at First Things have been sounding awfully friendly to socialism — “socialism” being the knee-jerk response of people too suave and … Continue reading

Posted in Capitalism, Damn rackets, Economia, Family, Plutocracy, Religious freedom, Speech & Press

Mind-benders

There’s plenty of mindless stuff on the web, to be sure, but drop your line in some holes and you’re likely to get a catch you can barely reel in. I got two of those, Wednesday, one geopolitical, one economic, … Continue reading

Posted in Capitalism, Damn rackets, Distributism, solidarity, statism, subsidiarity

Friday, 8/18/17

Grand Rapids’ Lutheran Work Ethic? Fortunatdly, not all seven items today are so risible. Continue reading

Posted in alt-right, antifa, Calvinism, Capitalism, Corporatism, History, Journalism, Orthodoxy, Plutocracy, Political Matters, Russia, Salvation, Selma Envy

Lucky in his enemies

Just two shortish items today. Continue reading

Posted in Built Environment and Infrastructure, Capitalism, Consumerism, Globalization, Small is Beautiful

The Hank Hanegraaf teachable moment

1 Ed Stetzer’s Christianity Today blog on the conversion of the Bible Answer Man to Christian Orthodoxy has been eating at me. Here’s the part that bugs me, in what I consider the relevant context: The early church was indeed more … Continue reading

Posted in Capitalism, Christendom, Consumerism, Evangelicalism, History, Jeremiad, Liturgy, Orthodoxy, Religiopreneurs, Thrown down gauntlet