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Here’s a rather sensible post on the subject from a rather surprising place, the Washington Post.

Comment on "Free‌ Range‌ Kids" by Andrew on Monday, March 30, A.D. 2015


I apologize for the delay; I have not been on my account for many days. I just checked and found your comment. By coincidence, there is a short relevant recent post from the Orthosphere, a site that I read: “Doubly Mendacious Shepherds.”

The American people are complicit in the seemingly endless lies that inform our public discourse. We accept the lies because we are (1) dishonest ourselves, (2) too cowardly to resist the falsehoods, or (3) both. Hence, we are a craven and lying people.

For an example, let us consider the late Lawrence Auster. A healthy, honest people would have honored such a man—universities would have invited him to lecture, press shows would have interviewed him, and the papers would be full of editorials discussing matters that he addressed in the same robust spirit. In our twilight civilization, however, he was cast to the fringes—his person and his ideas having been long banished from “respectable” circles.

In other news, the Grey Lady’s resident sane opinion writer (Douthat) has now begun using the term cisgendered in his essays. And the average NYT reader doesn’t even pause to marvel.

Comment on "Peter Thiel on the Competition Myth" by Joseph from Arimathea on Saturday, February 28, A.D. 2015

In which ways are Americans a “craven and lying people”?

Comment on "Peter Thiel on the Competition Myth" by Anna on Saturday, February 21, A.D. 2015

90% of Western corporations facilitate anti-Traditional activities. A far cry from the honorable trade guilds of yesteryear. Such companies often have indoctrination ‘seminars’ about how they can ‘help the community’ by forwarding garbage like this ad campaign. SJWs are one of America’s biggest lobbying organizations.

Comment on "Like a Girl" by Mark Citadel on Saturday, January 31, A.D. 2015

“wondering what happened to the American spirit of freedom, inquiry, and expression that is supposed to inform our institutions of higher learning”

Hmmm, was he saying the same thing about the rigid heretical Modernist doxy that infects colleges and forces all students to either be silent, or accept abortion, sodomic marriage, and licentiousness in all its forms? I doubt it.

Comment on "When Artists Fear Their Audience" by Mark Citadel on Wednesday, January 28, A.D. 2015

I’m very excited for this movie to come out!

I thought you might also enjoy this animated short about the life of St. Seraphim.  It’s in Russian with Greek subtitles, but you don’t really need to understand the words perfectly to follow the story.

Comment on "Animated Diveyevo" by Andrew on Tuesday, January 20, A.D. 2015

Thank you, Mark. Good luck on your journey, fellow wayfarer.

Comment on "One Woman's Crusade against Litter -- Russkie style" by Joseph from Arimathea on Wednesday, October 1, A.D. 2014

I am adding you to my Blogroll, my friend. It is good to find Orthodox reactionaries to engage with around the Orthosphere.

Glory be to God

Comment on "One Woman's Crusade against Litter -- Russkie style" by Mark Citadel on Tuesday, September 30, A.D. 2014

Cornmeal, right? I don’t think I’ve ever tried mush or the carnivore version, scrapple. I’m sure I would like it, though.

We use steel-cut oats in our Goetta. I’ve heard that pinhead oats used in the Cincinnati area are different than steel-cut oats but I don’t know if that’s true.

Comment on "Vintage Cincy" by Bruce on Wednesday, July 16, A.D. 2014

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
It’s good to see that there’s conservatives who believe in, well, conservation.

Comment on "Wild Europe" by Bruce on Wednesday, July 16, A.D. 2014


Goetta is one of the few things that I miss after having become a vegetarian in the 90’s. I remember waking up to its aroma on cold school mornings. Deliciously spiced, warm, filling goodness with an enjoyable texture—it smells and tastes like breakfast should!

Does your family eat mush, too? Yum.

Comment on "Vintage Cincy" by Joseph from Arimathea on Tuesday, July 15, A.D. 2014

By the way, we still (occasionally) eat Goetta in my family.

Comment on "Vintage Cincy" by Bruce on Monday, July 14, A.D. 2014

I knew where you meant. Still, it would be quite cool to live in Avalon. Consider my patron saint!

Comment on "Vintage Cincy" by Joseph from Arimathea on Tuesday, May 6, A.D. 2014

Oops. I meant North Avondale.

Comment on "Vintage Cincy" by Bruce on Friday, May 2, A.D. 2014

My grandfather grew up in the North Avalon neighborhood. My great-grandfather sold the house there in the 1960’s I believe.

Comment on "Vintage Cincy" by Bruce on Tuesday, April 22, A.D. 2014

Such a strange coincidence.  I was just thinking about that postcard a couple of days ago.  😊

Comment on "Put Food to Good Use" by Andrew on Monday, December 30, A.D. 2013

What a great insight!

Comment on "Development within the Church" by Ian on Thursday, December 5, A.D. 2013

Awesome!  I loved it so much that after hearing one time, and then not again for 15 years, it was still so stuck in my head that I had to track it down.  So beautiful!  😊

Comment on "Now the Green Blade Riseth" by Andrew on Tuesday, May 14, A.D. 2013

Dear Bruce,


I am not sure what the Anglican position or reasoning was when they relaxed their canons on contraception. I am also no expert on the Church’s historical teaching on the matter, as it has never much interested me. For some reason, I just don’t care much for the issues of sexual morality that apparently fascinate most thoughtful Christians. I have always been perplexed by the obsession with contraception among traditionalist Latins. Let the whole theological edifice go up in flames, but hold the line, by Jove, on condoms! That is not to say that I don’t object to barrier or chemical contraception. It’s just that the topic seems to me to have a much lower level of importance than more fundamental and prior issues—like metaphysics (which inevitably “trickles down” and affects everything else). In this way, I couldn’t disagree more with Dr. Charlton.

However, I find it alarming how certain modernist Orthodox teachers exploit and abuse the Church’s economy and pastoral approach to moral correction. Instead of seeing the wisdom of the Church’s traditional shepherding character, they present economy as a justification for jettisoning whatever moral rule they happen to find inconvenient or “archaic.” Such gives the legalist Latins a reason for their inflexibility, where they see a pastoral approach to correcting sin as wishy-washy gobbledygook. That is a shame. The Church’s methods are medicinal, and a good physician must recognize when a certain course of treatment will be more harmful to a patient than the affliction from which he suffers. The Moscow Patriarchate’s statement appears to keep this in mind. The high road is clear, but sometimes we need to pave certain lower paths for the survival of weaker souls.

It is interesting that the Roman Church draws such a line in the sand for certain aspects of sexual morality. Perhaps, the Roman authorities agree with Dr. Charlton that the attack on family life is the center of modernity’s demonic character, and they have fortified their positions accordingly. I believe that C.S. Lewis notes somewhere the different emphases—and levels of ecclesial discipline—regarding various sins throughout the history of the Church. A millennium ago or so, gluttony was treated as an abomination. Today, we casually group it among the seven deadly sins without paying much attention to it. Yet, when there is widespread famine, gluttony is a worse sin than in a society where even the poor look like manatees. Maybe, the sexual revolution and the crisis of the Western family present a need for more absolute dealings with sexual morality. Such is in accord with the West’s more political approach to Christianity, wherein it is worth it to sacrifice pastoral sensitivities in dealing with individuals for the sake of the common good.

Comment on "Personhood in Theology and Anthropology" by Joseph from Arimathea on Saturday, May 11, A.D. 2013

It sounds like they’re where the Anglicans were in 1930.

Some people tell me that contraception-as-a-sin was a universal teaching of the Church until recent times i.e. there was agreement on this among Papists, the EO and Protestants. Do you have any idea if this is true?

Comment on "Personhood in Theology and Anthropology" by Bruce on Thursday, May 9, A.D. 2013
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