[ExI] NYT ninny

Michael LaTorra mlatorra at gmail.com
Tue May 13 18:19:49 UTC 2008

On Tue, May 13, 2008 at 11:53 AM, Damien Broderick <thespike at satx.rr.com>

> At 11:35 AM 5/13/2008 -0600, Mike LaTorra wrote:
> >"That's bound to lead to new movements that emphasize
> >self-transcendence but put little stock in divine law or revelation."
> >
> >A step in the right direction, wouldn't you say?
> Sort of, but my reading was that he deplored this as unSaved poor
> man's "truth"--damning with feigned praise. (But I don't know
> anything about which church or temple or mosque he attends, so this
> is inference.)
> Damien Broderick

And perhaps it is a valid inference; I don't know. Brooks has acknowledged
his Jewish roots in past columns, but he seems to lack much zeal, seeming
closer to most of my Jewish friends who are culturally or ethnically but not
religiously Jewish. What Brooks is, most unabashedly, is one of the few
house conservatives among New York Times columnists. So I take his
admonition to the theologians about bolstering their biblical arguments to
deal with the revelations from brain science to be more along the lines
of political advice for those in his ideological camp rather than being
sectarian religious advocacy. But again, I'm speculating here. We could ask
Brooks directly, but I doubt that we'd get a direct answer; that would be
impolitic of him.

Mike LaTorra
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