All posts by Andrew Selby

More fun at naturalism.org…

Check out the “Naturalism and Spirituality” page. The first line strikes me as a bit funny and ironic: Although naturalism may at first seem an unlikely basis for spirituality…(You can read the rest for yourself.) Naturalism actually doesn’t seem to...

/ April 12, 2005

Easter Prayer after reading Augustine’s “Confessions”

Lord, you are good and your promises never fail. I bless you most precious God, maker and sustainer of the universe. I am learning much through Augustine right now. He fell away from you and must return, but can only...

/ March 26, 2005

Pagan vs. Christian in the Schiavo Case

One of the issues at the heart of the debate is the battle for the inherent sanctity of life. Americans are now asking themselves: is a life of suffering worth listening? The fact that we are now asking this question...

/ March 24, 2005

Terri Schiavo Case – Bush gets involved

This case is really getting to my heart – I haven’t become this spirited about an issue for quite some time. Michael Schiavo, Mrs. Schiavo’s husband, is allowing her to slowly die since he removed her feeding tube. So far,...

/ March 21, 2005

“Their Eyes Were Watching God”

Oprah Winfrey was intimately involved in bringing this novel by Zora Neale Herston to television, which aired March 6, 2005. It follows the life of a young black woman, Janie, (Halle Berry) through her relationships with three different men. She...

/ March 7, 2005

Interesting thoughts at RealClear Politics…

Dennis Prager wrote an article arguing that liberal “values” are based on feelings while conservatives have reasons for their values. He is using sweeping generalizations that are nevertheless helpful so long as we continue to engage arguments by the left,...

/ February 22, 2005

Pushkin, Fate, and Modern Man

Alexander Pushkin is often referred to as Russia’s national poet. Basically, as Virgil was to Romans so is Pushkin to Russians. A major theme in his legendary “novel in verse”, Eugene Onegin, is that of fate. The main character, Eugene,...

/ February 18, 2005

Being skeptical or suitably critical and E.T.

Circular asked me what defines skeptical in response to a comment I made to his post on E.T. Your question is a very deep and important one. The line between being “suitably critical” and being “skeptical” is difficult to draw....

/ February 8, 2005

Review of “As You Like It”

William Shakespeare’s adorable comedy As You Like It will be brought to life at the Ahmanson Theatre from the present through March 26th. Sir Peter Hall, winner of multiple Tony-Awards, directs the Theatre Royal Bath with the lead of Rosalind...

/ February 6, 2005

Literary Criticism and Epistemology

For some time I have been bothered by the phenomenon of 20th C. literary criticism of all varieties: Marxist, feminist, post-colonial and the other smatterings. It just rubs me the wrong way. After remembering Rodrick Chisholm’s insightful article, “The Problem...

/ February 1, 2005