Take It On Faith

Thank goodness for Stanley Fish. Not 'thank God,' 'thank goodness.'I never thought I'd say that. Fish has made me uneasy since the day I first saw him on a panel at a Modern Language Association convention some thirty years ago. He demolished an opponent--not by force of reason but by mere stage presence, by cockiness … Continue reading Take It On Faith

"Just the Facts, Ma’am"

Joe Friday may never  have said that on Dragnet, but maybe he should, today.  On October 17, 2004, The New York Times published a piece by Joe Suskind that contained these paragraphs with a now-infamous quote from a 'senior Bush advisor':In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White … Continue reading "Just the Facts, Ma’am"

We Can Have (and Believe in) Both!

In the Preface to Androcles and the Lion, George Bernard Shaw notes the ability of people to hold contradictory ideas as true at once:As the gospels stand, St. Matthew and St. Luke give genealogies (the two are different) establishing the descent of Jesus through Joseph from the royal house of David, and yet declare that … Continue reading We Can Have (and Believe in) Both!