The creators of the iconic British science fiction show Doctor Who were not only long on imaginative whimsy but well-supplied in business savvy. The title character, a time-traveling alien with two hearts and a soft spot in both of them for adventurous Earth women, possesses the ability to regenerate himself after death—taking on a new body and personality traits but retaining his knowledge, memories, and so on...
On the wall next to my desk is a small framed piece of calligraphy, a gift from a friend with a talented hand, with this passage from Psalm 127:
Lo, sons are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the sons of one's youth.
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them!
He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate...
When he wasn’t ideating Morlocks and alien tripods, H. G. Wells took a moment to snark that “Belloc and Chesterton have surrounded Catholicism with a kind of boozy halo.”
There’s something to that: Along with their other accomplishments as authors, speakers, and defenders of the Faith, Hilaire Belloc and G. K. Chesterton invented—or at least perfected in their time—the jolly melding of Church and tavern that celebrated God’s presence in creation from tabernacle to tankard.
It may be the devil, or it may be the Lord,
but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.
— Bob Dylan
Let’s play a little game. I’ll give you four news items and you tell me what they have in common. Please answer in complete sentences, fill in ovals completely with a No. 2 pencil, and show your work.
1. Belgian archbishop Andre Leonard...
In one of the places I used to call home, I have a friend who serves in the state House of Representatives. She’s a libertarian-minded lady, and over the years I have supported and admired her efforts to promote legitimate freedoms while putting a check on illegitimate growth of state power.
Not long ago we found ourselves in rare disagreement, however, when she voted in favor of same-sex marriage.
In our correspondence she offered two different but related versions of her...