Social Contract, New Book, and Fellowship 9/11: Random Monday Musings
* Grace reveals, in a scathing yet brilliant "social contract", the idealogy that infects many of our co-workers, family, and friends:
"Since we are too intelligent and enlightened to tolerate mere Christianity or any other traditional religion, we will offer instead our own religious beliefs, which are that good and evil are almost interchangeable, stuff is good and basically there isn't anything to believe in. And you can believe us on this. In fact, we insist that you do. Your religion leads to peace of mind, human dignity and theosis; ours promotes spiritual decay. You see the problem..."
Not counting our own sinfulness, there are days when I think that even Islam takes a back seat to radical secular materialism as the most dangerous adversary of the Church in our time. "Brave New World" has always been the more accurate prediction of our cultural future than "1984" ever was.
* I wouldn't be suprised to see this classic as a required text in my next literary theory class.
* Fellowship 9/11shows us a Middle Earth kept in constant fear by 'Orc Alerts' and lulled into accepting a piece of legislation, the Patriot Scroll, that infringes on basic civil rights. It is in this atmosphere of confusion, suspicion and dread that Aragorn, backed by the secretive 'Fellowship Group,' makes his headlong rush towards war in Mordor - and Fellowship 9/11 takes us inside that war to tell the stories we haven't heard, illustrating the awful cost to soldiers and to orcs and to their families." --Props to Jan