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Forgiveness and Death, Remembering Paula Cooper

Forgiveness and Death, Remembering Paula Cooper

Wow, strap in—this is a heavy one. Last week, an article in The New York Times provided some insight into the life and times of Paula Cooper, with whom journalist Amy Linn had made personal contact last spring. When she was fifteen, allegedly drunk and high, Paula robbed 78-year-old Ruth Pelke and stabbed her 33 times with a […]

Suspicious Communities and Hopeful Vicars in BBC's <i>Broadchurch</i>

Suspicious Communities and Hopeful Vicars in BBC’s Broadchurch

I am still recovering. This hasn’t happened in awhile. For a variety of reasons our family was home all summer in the delicious humidity which is Annapolis. I’m pretty sure I watched more BBC in two months than I have in my entire life. Yet nothing gripped me enough to write. Until now. Until Broadchurch. […]

Murder Your Spouse and Other Practical Tips for a Happy Marriage

Murder Your Spouse and Other Practical Tips for a Happy Marriage

“The word of the cross for marriage is the word of perpetual absolution. It is the word that forgives the existence of the other.” Paul Zahl, Grace in Practice In the next two weeks, I will be attending two weddings. Because I will merely be a guest at both weddings, I have no legitimate basis […]

All Aboard the Murder Train: Sigmund Freud Visits <i>The Cabin in the Woods</i>

All Aboard the Murder Train: Sigmund Freud Visits The Cabin in the Woods

Another wonderful one from new contributor Charlotte Getz: If you haven’t seen Joss Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods yet, then you might be like me – you don’t just watch a scary movie, scream, and then roll over and go to sleep. No. You ingest it. Your skin soaks it up like toxic rays that, […]

Nine Year Old Psychopaths and the Limits of Compassion

Nine Year Old Psychopaths and the Limits of Compassion

If you haven’t read Jennifer Kahn’s lengthy piece about child psychopathy in The NY Times Magazine, “Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath?,” it’s eye-opening to say the least. Perhaps not recommended for parents of small children…  Ms. Kahn profiles a few of what are officially classified as the “Callous Unemotional” or “C.U.’s”, children whose […]

A Problem to Ourselves? Robert Bales and the Astonishing Mixture of Virtue and Depravity

A Problem to Ourselves? Robert Bales and the Astonishing Mixture of Virtue and Depravity

Holy Smokes! Talk about low-hanging fruit. Another unbelievable, doubletake-inducing column from David Brooks in the Times this morning, this time dealing with Robert Bales, “When the Good Do Bad,” in which he articulates the Mockingbird anthropology with remarkable accuracy (and courage), using none other than John Calvin, G.K. Chesteron and C.S. Lewis to back him […]

The Green River Killer and the Bearded Old Man

The Green River Killer and the Bearded Old Man

Word of warning: this is grisly and definitely not for the faint of heart. But as an episode of tangible forgiveness – initiated in response to sin and only sin (of the most heinous kind) rather than some outward display of repentance or even remorse (or any kind of merit) – it’s simply too powerful […]