New today: Jason Byassee reviews American Sniper, Dennis O’Brien reviews Roger Scruton, blogging the lectionary for Ash Wednesday

February 15, 2015

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 110:1-4; Exodus 19:7-25Hebrews 2:1-4

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Charles Todd Quintard (Episcopal calendar), Esprit FléchierNicholas of Japan

New today from the Century

Sheepdog or sheep? by Jason Byassee. Every war movie is in essence a pro-war movie, even when it tries to be against war.

Dennis O’Brien reviews Roger Scruton’s book The Soul of the World. Roger Scruton’s basic theme is this: “Science cannot tell who I am, let alone where, when, or how.” But I-you moral dialogue is not rooted in science.

Blogging Toward Wednesday: How I learned to love mercy, by Nanette Sawyer. Once I knew that there is some fundamental goodness in me, that I am in fact lovable, that the image of God in me is real, then I was able to recognize my failures as well.

Yglesias on the would-be "mayor of America," by Steve Thorngate. Jeb Bush's strategy in the buildup to the 2016 presidential election relies on the idea that the federal government is like a local or state government but bigger. It's more like an insurance company with an army.

Sealed with a kiss, by Nadine Epstein. My mother taught me to add “x” and “o” — a kiss and a hug — after my signature. It never crossed her mind that these symbols had anything to do with religion.

That'll preach . . . someday, by Jeff Nelson. As much as my son likes to tinker with Legos himself, he wants me to be involved; to try to capture some of the old inspiration that these gave me to make something new.

In the news

Pope Francis adds new cardinals, calls for a church that isn’t afraid of the margins

Neo-nazis no-show their annual march in Dresden. Is Pegida to blame?

Will the leaders of Yemen's coup negotiate with the UN?

In the CCblogs network 

Scholar or apologist? Why not both? by James F. McGrath

To the planter of trees, by Beth Merrill Neel

“The devil lost one of his best soldiers,” by Ryan Dueck


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