Tom Cruise Explains the Mississippi Republican Primary

Remember when we found out that Tom Cruise was crazy? For those who don’t, here’s a refresher: Note that he didn’t go crazy here. In actuality, he had been crazy the whole time. We just discovered that he was crazy after he fired his longtime publicist — a Hollywood pro who was good at keeping a lid on the eccentricities of her clients  — More …

Congratulations, You Are Rich

Feeling poor? Well, cheer up! Economics professor Don Boudreaux explains how, compared to most of the rest of human history, we are crazy, filthy, first-round-draft-pick rich today, and he explains how we got that way. We are so prosperous today, that we have studies to figure out the cause of poverty, rather than the cause of prosperity.

Or Rather, What to Do When People Keep Telling You You’re On the Wrong Side of History

Michael Hanby uses some very long words and very deep thinking to advise on “what to do when you are on the wrong side of history.” I recommend reading the whole thing (and if you’re like me, maybe reading it two or three times before you get it). But if you don’t have time, here’s the gist: Don’t let yourself More …

Why Do We Even Buy These Bows?

Throwback Post: Hail to the Redskins

(Note: In honor of the egregiously political decision to rescind the Washington Redskins trademark for the word “Redskins,” I’m reposting something I wrote on the subject a few months ago. The world has gone insane. Upside: now that there’s no trademark, I can use this swell graphic.) The NFL as we know it is doomed. From Andrew Johnson at the Corner: National Football More …

What Will Those Crazy Christians Do Next?

Gasp! Hold onto your corset, grandma! Politico “exposes” those religious nuts that run Hobby Lobby! The Greens are sponsoring scholarly study of the Bible and hosting forums such as a recent panel on faith’s role in shaping early America, which they hope to package for national broadcast. Most provocatively, they’ve funded a multimillion-dollar effort to write a Bible curriculum they More …

Cradle Robbing Worked for Me

Hi, I’m Jason, and this is my wife Rachel, who is 13 years younger than me. After the show, I’ll be available in the lobby for high-fives. On a related note, Chelsea Samelson at Acculturated asks, “What’s wrong with dating older men?” For most of human history, it was normal and even expected for a younger woman to wind up More …

Saying “I Love You” Without Knowing What It Means

I didn’t have time to write this up on Father’s Day because I was busy playing with my kids. That’s right — that’s how good a dad I am: even on a holiday that’s supposed to give me a break because of all my good fathering, I’m still bringing my patriarchal “A” game. But this was my first Father’s Day More …

God and Logic

I kind of agree with this, and also kind of disagree: Barnabas Piper says God is not logical: We try to add up the causes to equal the effect or lay out the events in sequence so that they make sense. But God doesn’t always make sense. He is a puzzling being who often leaves us baffled and frustrated. God More …

We Fooled Ourselves

Justin Taylor posts an interview with Greg Forster about his book Joy for the World: How Christianity Lost Its Cultural Influence and Can Begin Rebuilding It. He makes some good points in there, including his warning to Christians not to accept cultural definitions of things (sex, for example) just because we think we have to accept them to be part of the cultural More …

Are Crazy Religious Stories Good for Our Brains?

Connor Wood at the Science on Religion blog thinks that yes, yes they are: To put it simply, the mind’s causal stories tend to assume that whatever has happened in the past will determine what happens in the future. In the crisp realm of Newtonian physics, this is generally a good assumption. But in the unmanageably complex sphere of personal More …

There is No Third Way

Albert Mohler delivers some hard truth to any Christians who think they can just keep their heads down until the whole gay marriage thing fades away: A church will either believe and teach that same-sex behaviors and relationships are sinful, or it will affirm them. Eventually, every congregation in America will make a public declaration of its position on this More …

D-Day Timeline

So, did anything big happen on this date? Yep. 0630 hours—Omaha Beach At H-Hour, 0630 in the morning the 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions land the first waves of troops under heavy fire resulting in massive casualties. The first waves are relentlessly cut down by German machine gun and mortar fire. Company A of the 116th Regiment of the 29th More …

A Quick Thought on the Phil Mickelson Insider Trading Case

I like Phil (he’s left-handed, I’m left-handed; we have so much in common!) so I hope he hasn’t been up to anything shady. But even if I wasn’t a fan I’d be inclined to defend him, because insider trading is an arbitrary crime used by prosecutors in an arbitrary way. As I’ve said in the past: It’s long been my position that More …

The Ongoing Denial of Reality: Gender Edition

Here’s that Kevin D. Williamson article everyone has been talking about, about that Time magazine cover story on transgenderism everyone has been talking about: The infinite malleability of the postmodern idea of “gender,” as opposed to the stubborn concreteness of sex, is precisely the reason the concept was invented. For all of the high-academic theory attached to the question, it is More …

Debating Abortion in a Post-Christian Culture

From the Stand to Reason blog, a length talk on the subject from Scott Klusendorf:

Prisoners of Sex

Ross Douthat writes an excellent column that’s a lot less like a late-night Cinemax movie than the title suggests. It’s actually a sobering piece about the culture that produces those movies and oh, by the way, also produces, every once in a while, an Elliot Rodger: The Santa Barbara killer’s pulsing antipathy toward women, his shame and fury over sexual More …

Stand Up for Apathy! Or Don’t. Whatever.

At long last, we have reached the day for primary elections in the state of Alabama. Finally, we can put an end to the relentless bombardment of creepily deceptive and/or creepily vainglorious campaign commercials that made me long for more wholesome, straightforward TV ads from ambulance-chasing lawyers and herbal Viagra knock-offs. At least until the general election commercials start up next week. More …