Tag: satire

I’m not Charlie, and I’m not Sure I Aspire to Be

I won’t rehearse the details of last Wednesday’s attacks on the office of Charlie Hebdo, a Parisian satire magazine.  Those anyone can find with a Google search.  I do write, however, because I’m not sure how to think about many public figures’ reaction to the events, which have become a rallying cry for free speech, free…

Stop the Platonist-Shaming!

It’s not for myself but for my students, and my students to come, that I must speak out.  Questioning conventional wisdom in public is not something that makes a person “immoral” or “atheist” or a “corrupter of youth.”  Too long the cultural momentum has been unquestioned, and it’s time to set some things straight.  Christian…

Toward a Christian Conception of Satire

I have more questions than answers in today’s post, I’m afraid, so I’m counting on your comments to help move me through this topic. It came about through a simultaneous reading of Sinclair Lewis’s 1922 novel Babbitt and the late stages of John Updike’s Rabbit Angstrom tetralogy (1961-1990). The attitude these two authors take toward…