Responses to Bombadil

Many thanks for the links and the feedback on the Bombadil piece. I realized when I was writing it that it’s a tendentious position, and that most would disagree with the interpretation. As I mentioned, I submitted it here and...

/ May 19, 2005

On Why we Like Tom Bombadil and Probably Shouldn’t

I’m going to enter unfamiliar territory for Mere-O: Lord of the Rings. I am no expert in the matter–in fact, I have just finished only my second read through. Yet below is an article that I have written for the...

/ May 17, 2005

“Kicking and Screaming”

Blogging’s been a bit light for me lately. I’ve been fighting off a cold and a complete lack of content. However, last night’s trip to the Irvine Spectrum to see Kicking and Screaming provided a good opportunity to get back...

/ May 12, 2005

A Definition of the “Religious Right”

What is the “religious right?” All of a sudden western media is paying attention to this powerful, but oft-neglected group – with which, incidentally, I identify myself. Despite the increased coverage, little has been done to carefully define this term....

/ May 11, 2005

“Kingdom of Heaven”

In the wake of the Passion, Hollywood began searching for material that would be marketable to the hordes of hitherto neglected “faith group.” Kingdom of Heaven, which has been advertising in the conservative World Magazine, presumably is one of these...

/ May 2, 2005

Egalitarian Histories and the Claims of Scripture

The next couple days I’m going to revist a couple recent posts where people have left insightful comments that I would like to fully respond to. I’m going to begin with this post regarding PZ Meyer’s post about giving “proper...

/ April 26, 2005

More on Education…

For me, education is the most tantalizing subject, so I have to jump in. If you haven’t read Matt’s last post entitled, “King for a Day”, please read it before this one. Matt, I agree with you that education really...

/ April 24, 2005

King for a Day

Mark at Pseudo-Polymath is dreaming about what he would do if he were king. His first item of business? Education. An excerpt: However beyond that (with one exception below) the only thing We would require of our primary education system...

/ April 24, 2005

Californians: Contact Your Senator about the Judicial Nominations Filibuster

Just take a second and drop an email to Senators Boxer and Feinstein. Let them know that the filibuster is undemocratic because the minority are tyrannizing over the majority – the same majoritarian rule that lies at the heart of...

/ April 22, 2005

Trent, Reformation, and the Spirit of Our Age

With all the news coverage of the passing of Pope John Paul II and now the election of Pope Benedict XVI, I have begun to hear more people abuzz with talk of ecumenism and the possibility of unity between Roman...

/ April 22, 2005