Daily Archives: June 22, 2008

The Way We Never Were: A Book Review of Susan Jacoby’s “The Age of American Unreason”

I recently read Susan Jacoby’s book, “The Age of American Unreason.” The book is suffused with nostalgia for a time in America when the life of the mind was more valued than it seems to her to be today. Her … Continue reading

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Lord Byron’s pro-war poem?

This untitled poem was written by Lord Byron in 1820:   When a man hath no freedom to fight for at home, Let him combat for that of his neighbors; Let him think of the glories of Greece and Rome, … Continue reading

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Quote of the day–with a picture link

Susan Neiman, in her book, “Moral Clarity,” writes of America with regards to the Enlightenment: Fragonard’s painting of Ben Franklin, commanding both lightening and justice in a cloud of biblical and Roman references, left no doubt about where the power … Continue reading

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Image for the day

  Detail from a garden scene, on an ancient interior wall, near Rome, circa 100 CE:

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The Holocaust and the Problem of Suffering

In response to a previous post of mine, a reader commented: The holocaust raises doubts about God, in what way? Evil people did evil things. The fact that it happened doesn’t cause me to doubt God. As one that believes … Continue reading

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