The New Primitives

The New Primitives

When a man ceases to believe in God, observed Chesterton, he becomes capable of believing in anything. It looks like we may now have reached the “anything” stage of human history. As faith in Christianity recedes in the West, a strange thing is happening. Having...
Sauron Comes to Middle England

Sauron Comes to Middle England

Tolkien, the new biopic about the master storyteller’s life, has come under criticism for giving the impression that Tolkien’s service in World War I was the decisive influence on his work. In fact, Tolkien was far more influenced by other factors—in particular by his...
Fool’s Paradise:  The Appeal of Jihad

Fool’s Paradise: The Appeal of Jihad

“As for the righteous, they shall surely triumph. Theirs shall be gardens and vineyards and high-bosomed maidens for companions.”  ∼ Koran 78: 31-33 According to the principle known as Occam’s razor, the best explanation of an event is usually the one that is...
Hijab Jihad

Hijab Jihad

When I read articles about jihad attacks in other countries, I occasionally come across readers’ comments to the effect that the jihadist would be in for a big surprise if he tried to pull off a jihad attack in rural Pennsylvania or rural Mississippi or (insert your...
Will Sri Lanka be a Wake-up call for the West?

Will Sri Lanka be a Wake-up call for the West?

Church leaders have rightly condemned white supremacists, but seem not to have noticed that Islam is, historically and ideologically, a supremacist religion. I haven’t yet seen Hotel Mumbai, but I was surprised to learn of its release last month. The surprise was on...