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July 24, 2013

Two days ago, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that all British users of broadband Internet would have pornographic content blocked at the source. Those wishing to access such content will have to opt in.

Such censorship is a novelty for the modern West, where the enshrinement of freedom—or license—has trumped old notions of public morality. Our obscenity laws are gone or disregarded, our entertainment codes...

July 10, 2013

Just hours after the U.S. Supreme struck down the Defense of Marriage Act on June 26, a comedy website (which shall remain unnamed and unlinked-to) offered readers a “Guide to How the Gay Marriage Ruling Affects You,” the monotonous shtick of which was that, unless you are a homosexual who wished to marry, it doesn’t. Are you straight? Married? Religious? “This decision does not affect you in any way.”

Certainly nothing new or surprising about the assertion that “gay marriage won’t...

June 26, 2013

Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) is a mixed bag for me. By which I mean, it’s as if you took a whole bunch of things from music and religion that I don’t like and mixed them together in a bag.

One prominent exception, however, is Rich Mullins. I remember the exact time and place I first heard one of his songs—“The Other Side of the World,”...

June 19, 2013

In a twist on Robert Frost’s old saw about vers libre poetry, a priest friend of mine once remarked, “Being spiritual but not religious is like playing tennis without a net.”

This strikes me as very apt. There does seem something unsportsmanlike about claiming the consolations of spiritual living without binding oneself to a God or creed. It’s all dessert, no dinner.

And, like eating a gummi bear soufflé every night, it’s not very healthy, either. “Spirituality” (...

June 12, 2013

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...