Thursday, June 24, 2010

You know you're in Egypt when...

...the most reliable place to watch the World Cup is McDonald's.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Let us not mock God with Metaphor

My uncle, a man unsentimental to the point of cynicism, pulled a worn copy of this Updike poem out of his wallet last Christmas for me to read. It is a timely challenge of the current trend of religious relativism and the “I’m spiritual, not religious” mentality. Either Christ rose, and Christianity is true, or he did not.

SEVEN STANZAS AT EASTER

Make no mistake: if He rose at all

it was as His body;

if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the molecules

reknit, the amino acids rekindle,

the Church will fall.

It was not as the flowers,

each soft Spring recurrent;

it was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled

eyes of the eleven apostles;

it was as His flesh: ours.

The same hinged thumbs and toes,

the same valved heart

that–pierced–died, withered, paused, and then

regathered out of enduring Might

new strength to enclose.

Let us not mock God with metaphor,

analogy, sidestepping transcendence;

making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the

faded credulity of earlier ages:

let us walk through the door.

The stone is rolled back, not papier-mâché,

not a stone in a story,

but the vast rock of materiality that in the slow

grinding of time will eclipse for each of us

the wide light of day.

And if we will have an angel at the tomb,

make it a real angel,

weighty with Max Planck’s quanta, vivid with hair,

opaque in the dawn light, robed in real linen

spun on a definite loom.

Let us not seek to make it less monstrous,

for our own convenience, our own sense of beauty,

lest, awakened in one unthinkable hour, we are

embarrassed by the miracle,

and crushed by remonstrance.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Read Claire's Book Review

Claire is too modest to post this herself, but she wrote an excellent book review for The Washington Times during her summer internship there. Way to go Claire! That's how Rovers do it.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy Father's Day...to a Donor Dad?

All right, I know I'm one day late, but a family friend forwarded this WSJ article to me. Someone conducted research disproving Cornell psychologist Peggy Drexler's claim that single, middle-class, educated moms whose children have sperm donors for fathers can raise their children as well as two middle-class, educated biological parents. A new study was conducted on a random sample of 485 young adults conceived by donor insemination and 563 young adults conceived by a biological mother and father in "the old-fashioned way." Some of the responses from the first group sound disheartening, to say the least:

"That was when the emptiness came over me. I realized that I am, in a sense, a freak. I really, truly would never have a dad. I finally understood what it meant to be donor-conceived, and I hated it." -Katrina Clark, in a contribution to the Washington Post

And half of the 485 young adults conceived by a single mother and a sperm donor "report[ed] that they 'feel sad' when they see 'friends with their biological fathers and mothers.'"

Sunday, June 20, 2010

You know you're in Egypt when...

...it's 108° F and no one is wearing shorts.