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Husbands, Love Your Wives... S'il Vous Plait

Husbands, Love Your Wives… S’il Vous Plait

Ephesians chapter 5, especially beginning at the 22nd verse has been popping up in my life lately almost on a daily basis for different reasons. As a result I keep thinking about the short film “Bastille” from an anthology of films called Paris, Je T’aime (Paris, I Love You), which my wife and I saw at an independent theatre several years ago. I find this short film to be a very “French” exposition of what self-sacrificial love might look like for a husband attempting to love his wife “as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that…

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We (Don't) Need To Talk About Pierre: The Benefits of French Parenting?

We (Don’t) Need To Talk About Pierre: The Benefits of French Parenting?

Judging from the amount of forwards to my inbox, Pamela Druckerman’s “Why French Parents Are Superior” has some relevant things to say. The article is another in a line of Wall Street Journal humdingers about parenting, and also the first time I’ve come across the brilliant new term, ‘kindergarchy.’ The gist of Druckerman’s argument is that French parents produce more well-behaved kids (or at least more self-controlled ones) because they are less worried about saying No to their children, that they believe that one of the parents’ primary tasks to teach the child about patience, and that temperament is not…

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Harlem's Church Tourism

Harlem’s Church Tourism

Over at Slate, a fascinating look at “the Bizarre Tourist Trade at Harlem’s Sunday Church Services”, which, as the author suggests, begs a few questions: 1. Is this phenomenon an encouraging one or not? That is, should we be excited that folks who never go to church are going (regardless of their reasons)? Or is it simply a(nother) depressing comment on the state of (post-, post-, post-) Christianity in Europe? 2. How authentic is the “authenticity” that’s attracting the tourists? Is that a merely codeword for squirmish racial curiosity? 3. To what extent is the Hawthorne effect at work here?…

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Paris When It Sizzles: The Fourth Most Interesting Thing That Ever Happened (In The History of Christianity)

Paris When It Sizzles: The Fourth Most Interesting Thing That Ever Happened (In The History of Christianity)

Episode 14 of PZ’s Podcast! This week’s podcast tells the story of Jansenism, a religious movement in Seventeenth-Century France. Jansenism divided the country, angered the ‘Sun King’, and ended disastrously for its heroines (and heroes).

In the later part of the Counter Reformation, the Jansenists were Roman Catholics who sought to go back to the teachings of St. Augustine concerning divine grace. The lay brothers (i.e., les Messieurs), priests, and sisters of the movement, who worked from two convents known as Port-Royal, included Sister Angelique (Arnauld) and Mother Catherine-Agnes (Arnauld); Jean Racine, the playwright; Blaise Pascal, the mathematician; and…

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Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied France

Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied France

I’m going to come out in my first Mockingbird post ever and just say it: Inglourious Basterds was the best movie of 2009 (Yes, better than Hurt Locker). Say what you will about Tarantino’s violent films, but Basterds is about as masterful of a film as any made in the past decade because it posits a fresh answer to the age old question: are Nazis the exception to the human condition or are they more normal than we’d care to admit. [Spoilers ahead!]

When you watch the movie, you see, the joke is on us the viewer. Basterds…

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The Curse In All Its Beauty!

Today, I received this video and I think it is beautiful. However, at the same time I can’t help but think of the curse:

“The Lord God said to the serpent, Because you have done this cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field on your belly shall you go and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel.

To the woman he said, I…

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