What Rebecca Solnit is arguing in her excellent Orion Magazine article this month is that environmentalists have become the caricature the right paints of them. They often really are a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi-Eating, Volvo-Driving, New York Times-Reading, Body-Piercing, Hollywood-Loving, Left-Wing Freak Show. And, Solnit adds: they hate country music, without actually knowing country music. [To … Continue reading An Environmentalism for Us All
A Different Shade of Green(originally published in PRISM magazine, Jan/Feb 08) Fear is a powerful motivator. If you can inspire fear, you can get people to do almost anything. (If you can also inspire loathing, you can get them to do anything.) Evangelicals and environmentalists have a good deal in common. Fear, accompanied by an … Continue reading Fear Not!
Journalist G.K. Chesterton once quipped (in Orthodoxy), that original sin was "the only part of Christian theology which can really be proved." Approaching theology, as Karl Barth famously suggested, with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other, certainly finds the hypothesis of total depravity unfalsified. Yet by the end of the … Continue reading “Dominion” means dominion
America's social safety net is woven out of volunteers. A new study from the Corporation for National and Community Service called "Volunteering in America" shows that in places where commuting times are burdensome, volunteerism takes a hit. Metro Atlanta, where I live, is below average in the number of volunteer hours and in the percentage … Continue reading Hidden Costs of Commuting
The Frederick (Maryland) News-Post published this article over the weekend about the declining numbers of people headed outdoors in Pennsylvania. It's the same across the nation. The current generation of youngsters may well be the least-active, the heaviest, and the first in decades to experience a decline in life expectancy relative to their recent ancestors. … Continue reading Leave No Child Inside