Author Archives: Jon Garvey
Here’s a quote from an Unherd essay by Jacob Howland: Ideology is a highly communicable social contagion that infects people who are morally immunocompromised.
Of all the confusions befuddling the people of Britain (mirroring those in the rest of the Collective West), one that seems to be most widely criticised is the wanton destruction of our literary culture in schools and universities.
A fascinating article by Professor of Politics at Birbeck College, Eric Kaufmann, entitled Progressivism, Sexuality, and Mental Illness deals with the report that 21% of “Generation Z” Americans now identify as LGBT.
The Mail online headline today is “Glasto turns political,” as various “angry stars” protested the US Supreme Court’s decision on abortion. But it actually is better seen as finally coming out fully as a festival of a specific religious cult, that has become the established religion of Britain and the entire West.
I ought to say something about the reversal of Roe v Wade, since the laws and practices regarding abortion have been a conflict in which I’ve been actively involved since, I suppose, 1974.
A two-part essay by the excellent Nick Hudson, of PANDA, is available here and here. Nick discusses how the disastrous worldwide COVID response stems, in large part, from epistemic failure.
Let’s take some time out from geopolitics to give a few new thoughts on my contention (far from unique) that the way to understand the Genesis 1 creation account is as (a) a non-historic place-setter for the rest of Genesis and, indeed the Bible; (b) a phenomenological, rather than a theoretical, account; and (c) a temple-building text.
Once again, the BBC’s Springwatch has been drawing attention to the horrors of climate change, generating guilty fears which don’t really stand up to scrutiny.
There is nothing intrinsically wrong in belonging to a minority. Hump readers, after all, constitute a tiny one, albeit widespread across the world, and even as representatives of those with similar views, we are endorsing minority opinions. That does not make us wrong: I read today that only 4% of Indians are Christians, and they suffer significant persecution, and largely come from the lower echelons of society. Yet I would consider them to be those closest to the truth amongst the billions, and therefore enviable.
Here’s quote from the newsletter of my publisher today, which I haven’t seen before: “There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.” John Calvin