42 and Us

by (@TheIRD) April 25, 2013

By George Weigel Baseball and movies don’t often play well together. William Bendix as a Marine who dies happy in Guadalcanal Diary because he’s just heard that the Dodgers have won is an icon of 1940s Americana; the same William Bendix as the Bambino in The Babe Ruth Story is a sad business, to be consigned to the (bad) […]

Shaking Hands with the Devil: The Intersection of Terrorism and Theology

by (@markdtooley) March 14, 2013

by Mark Tooley (@markdtooley) Shaking Hands with the Devil: The Intersection of Terrorism and Theology By William Abraham (Highland Loch Press, 200 pages, $34.95) One of United Methodism’s most distinguished theologians has written a powerful new book on terrorism that challenges the unthinking pacifism dominant among many Protestant and evangelical elites. “If terrorists come knocking […]

Book Review: The Cube and the Cathedral by George Weigel

by (@TheIRD) January 3, 2013

For those of us devotees of Downton Abbey perhaps we should pause and consider the line that was drawn in the sand when the world pivoted and the Edwardian era came to an end. That was the era of gloved servants, silver salvers, “dressing” for meals, weekend hunts and the pecking order of the downstairs […]

Trash on the Hudson

by (@TheIRD) December 21, 2012

By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) Bill Murray would seem an unlikely Franklin Roosevelt. But the promos for Hyde Park on Hudson show him surprisingly persuasive, amid the charm and beauty of FDR’s upstate New York estate. There he famously entertained the King and Queen of England in 1939 as part of his stagecraft for persuading Americans […]