“New Year—New You” and the Inherent Unfairness of Our Quest for a “Just World”

Confession It’s a new year, and I am currently fatter than I’d like to be. I may not match your idea of what fat is or isn’t, but the calculus behind my statement is an entirely internal one. I am fatter than I would like to be. The simple task of putting on my shoes … Continue reading “New Year—New You” and the Inherent Unfairness of Our Quest for a “Just World”

Religious Freedom Day, 2018

President Trump declared January 16, 2018, Religious Freedom Day, citing in his proclamation prominent cases in which the current administration has sided with conservative Christian proponents who invoke the cause of religious liberty to exempt themselves from observance of certain anti-discrimination laws. Even religious advocates for the separation of Church and State have warned that … Continue reading Religious Freedom Day, 2018

The secret Satanism of Babette’s sensual feast of earthly delights

Every year at New Year's, my wife and I take in a few tried and true movies to get us inspired to live the good life in the coming twelve months. One of those films is the 1987 Danish movie Babette's Feast. While most commentators on the film—including the Pope himself!—have chosen to see in the … Continue reading The secret Satanism of Babette’s sensual feast of earthly delights

Why Babette’s Feast is really about Satanism and a really inspirational film for any New Year

For longer than the decade we’ve been officially married, my wife and I have shared a handful of filmic traditions around New Year’s. Some of those traditions—like watching the 1997 comedy Spice World that centers on the smash nineties’ pop girl-group sensation the Spice Girls—will forever remain acquired tastes. I wouldn’t recommend them to just … Continue reading Why Babette’s Feast is really about Satanism and a really inspirational film for any New Year