The Cult of Affection

here is a kind of love that considers the beloved under the light of a shared history.  I am not certain that it has a name, but I’ll call it affection, a love that C.S. Lewis said was responsible “for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in...

Why Our Superhero Movies Suck

ur modern superheroes have sex. Super sex, I suppose, but otherwise they do it according to the basic ethical norms of liberalism: with consent and without any hangups about marriage. It’s hardly surprising — our superheroes are reflections of our ideals, and...

An Idiotic Hierarchy

I needed to make restitution for my sins. So I exposed my body to that combox anti-Catholicism that spits out the word “hierarchy” like it’s Greek for “storm troopers” or “really bad STDs.” I learned two things. First, one...

A Theology of Indie Rock

Indie-rock [1] musicians have a wonderfully strange fascination with the Church. I don’t mean to dunk them all in baptismal water — their overt flirtation with The Holy Catholic Faith ranges from “strained,” to “profound,” to...

A Kierkegaardian Analysis of Typhoon

All I really want to do with my life is convince you that the indie-rock group Typhoon are a) awesome and b) channeling the philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard, but to do this I first have to explain humanity’s desire for goodness and the concept of despair....

Dear Gordon Gee

Dear Gordon Gee, I understand you are still under fire for referring to Catholics as “those damn Catholics.” The Huffington Post, in particular, is indignant that you did not apologize sooner. The Huffington Post is, of course, full of shit, and thus, in...