Wild and Wasted Virtues

The modern world is not evil; in some ways the modern world is far too good. It is full of wild and wasted virtues. When a religious scheme is shattered (as Christianity was shattered at the Reformation), it is not merely the vices that are let loose. The vices are, indeed, let loose, and they […]

A Big Electric Blanket?

Push back against the age as hard as it pushes against you. What people don’t realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross. — The Habit of Being: The Letters of Flannery O’Connor, ed. Sally Fitzgerald (New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1979), p. […]

Dégénérations

My rough translation from French to English: Your great-great-grandmother, she had fourteen children; Your great-grandmother had almost as many; For your grandmother three were enough; And your mother didn’t want any: you were an accident. As for you, my girl, you change partners all the time. When you do something stupid, you get out of […]