Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Religion as the Basis of Democracy

5 Comments:

Blogger KeynesianPacker said...

Do you truly think there is a positive correlation between religion and democracy?

12:00 AM  
Blogger Walter-marie Miller said...

Couple things, some housekeeping stuff, that I've been meaning to mention for awhile.

1. Sure would be nice if there was a way to get email updates for new Warrior posts. Is there?

2. Lots of times criminal defendants, in cases where their lawyers think they're going to lose, will have long, drawn-out pre-trial phases. It seems, with the long wait period for the matter against McAdams, that the administration's behavior mirrors those same stall tactics a defendant employs in the hopes of avoiding an unwanted outcome.

3. I get the sneaking suspicion that people at Fox News do follow the Warrior. It's not beyond the realm of possibility. For the simple fact that McAdams is readable. His whole brouhaha with the university wouldn't have been possible if he wasn't, by himself, able to build a blogspot blog into the most powerful publication at Marquette based on content alone. I'll hear stuff on Fox News that makes me pause and think, "....Huh....that was on the Warrior..."

4. I hadn't known about a city-block long Administration building being built. What a joke.

5. I wanted to recommend reading Father Gawronski: http://www.magisspirituality.org/writer/raymond-gawronski/ If any trustee ever reads this, Father Gawronski would make a fantastic Marquette president.

6. I've been thinking over the pervasive taste for politics in university faculties ever seen seeing Indoctrination U.

Fancying oneself politically-inclined sits very well with people. It's universally acclaimed. The politically-inclined man will think himself laudable, and he will encounter others who think of him such as well.

For that, all you ever have to do is offer comment.

You never have to be truly an author, you can always be a commentator.

It's easy in that way and, to my mind, in every other way.

It's wine and cheese and relaxation.

And in that, I think we've found a connexion: Being politically-inclined goes hand-in-hand with the fully-blossomed American fondness for complaint. Both are terrifically easy and both are - I think: wrongly - very well thought of. Thomas Merton makes quick remark about when it is that you stop concerning yourself about what you have to get, and start with what you have to give. Politics and complaint is all about what you have to get.

7. I had wondered if McAdams' reserve readings were still available online? I certainly wouldn't mind printing myself a copy of, at the very least, the Public Policy reserves, maybe the Public Opinion reserves as well, if I find myself flush with the cash at some point.

8. I also noticed, and this is stretching it as far as housekeeping matters go, but worth mentioning while I'm dealing with loose ends, that KeynesianPacker and McAdams had gone back and forth about Gilder. I was pleased to see that I do have a volume of Gilder in my library Wealth and Poverty and I'll have to report back about him.

3:33 AM  
Blogger John McAdams said...

Do you truly think there is a positive correlation between religion and democracy?

Between Christianity and democracy, yes.

10:05 PM  
Blogger John McAdams said...

Sure would be nice if there was a way to get email updates for new Warrior posts. Is there?

I think you can "follow" the blog on Google. But I don't know how at the moment.

10:07 PM  
Blogger Kirby Olson said...

Buddhism would just say it is what it is about anything, and go back to peaceful chanting. At least that's what happened to China, and then Tibet. There are Christian activists in most of the Asian countries, including inside of North Korea itself. It hasn't reached critical mass yet, but when it does, they too might have democracy. Honestly, I think that Lutheranism works better than Catholicism, though.

1:08 PM  

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