Thursday, April 16, 2015

Items of Interest: Week of Low Sunday 2015

The DeBoer Tendency: How Progressives Belittle Violence Against Jews
by John-Paul Pagano (Tablet Magazine). The five stages of anti-Semitism denial, as it relates to racism and the concept of ‘privilege’.

Why Religious Liberty Arguments Aren’t Working
by Jennifer Roback Morse (Crisis Magazine). «Religious liberty arguments are not compelling enough to induce our fellow citizens to sacrifice something they value, namely, sexual liberty...We need a different strategy: argue against the Sexual Revolution because it has hurt people.»

A scientific look at the damage parents do when they bully their gay kids
by Jennifer S. Hirsch (Washington Post).  Just what are the policy prescriptions this writer is endorsing? She doesn't actually enumerate them, but if this is a common view, parents should be very afraid.

The Seraphim above: Some Perspectives on the Theology of Orthodox Church Music
by Fr. Ivan Moody.  Abstract: Some outstanding contributions notwithstanding, much recent scholarship in Western European languages concerning art and the sacred has been quite prolific but has generally avoided discussion of specifically liturgical music, a particular problem when dealing with the sacred music of the Orthodox Church. The present discussion aims at establishing some bases for furthering this discussion, drawing not only on recent commentators but especially commentary on the question of liturgical singing by the Fathers of the Church.

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