This is what insanity looks like.
‘Humans yearn for places of respite, opportunities to be free from the ugly madness of the corporate world. We need to know there are still some precious sites left intact, ecosystems whose richness, scale and enduring health afford us hope for the future, even if we never get the chance to visit them ourselves. For our own sanity and honour we want to believe there are some habitats we won’t destroy, places so special they’ll never be offered up to the maw of industrialisation. Not now. Not ever. I believe Ningaloo is one of those places’.
– Tim Winton, ‘Saving Ningaloo again’.
‘America — with its decaying infrastructure, its third-world public transit, its shrinking labor market, its evaporating middle class, its expanding gulf between rich and poor, its heartless health insurance system, its mindless indifference to a dying ecology, its predatory credit agencies, its looming Social Security collapse, its interminable war, its metastasizing national debt and all the social pathologies that gave it a degenerate imbecile and child-abducting sadist as its president — remains the only developed economy in the world that believes it wrong to use civic wealth for civic goods. Its absurdly engorged military budget diverts hundreds of billions of dollars a year from the public weal to those who profit from the military-industrial complex. Its plutocratic policies and libertarian ethos are immune to all appeals of human solidarity. It towers over the world, but promises secure shelter only to the fortunate few’.
– David Bentley Hart, ‘The New York Yankees Are a Moral Abomination’. The New York Times, 14 July 2018.
[Image: Gustave Doré, ‘Pantagruel’s meal’ (1854)]
‘We will no more be able to shield our eyes from class struggle, which began in the previous century within the nation and now has gripped all continents, gripped them indeed as a deadly conflict between the privileged and those who have been exploited for centuries. What disguises itself as the free market system and which promises to enrich all, is in reality the continuation of imperialism and colonialism by means of a capitalistic system. It survives by the third world delivering raw materials and taking back our finished goods, among which – and this is especially abominable – are weapons of every sort. Thus the slums grow, which are the underside of our prosperity, and for three quarters of humanity our earth becomes a hell, in which hunger, murder, and prostitution reign and everyone struggles with the other for survival’.
– Ernst Käsemann, 1988
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- Charles Marsh reflects on Bonhoeffer’s time in America.
- Slavoj Žižek’s lecture on Apocalyptic Times.
- Jean-Luc Nancy on Communism.
- The ABC launch an exciting-looking new sight – Religion and Ethics – with pieces by Rowan Williams on resident aliens, Stanley Hauerwas on greed, Paul Griffiths on death, Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im on Islam and human rights, David Novak on Judaism, punishment and torture, and others.
- Emma Wild-Wood on the journal of CMS Evangelist, Apolo Kivebulaya.
- Maria Nugent on the meaning of texts in Aboriginal people’s oral traditions.
- Tarkovsky films now free online.
- Sarah Coakley rethinks the sex crises in Catholicism and Anglicanism, Part 1.
- Archbishop Rowan Williams’ closing sermon at General Synod.