The whole notion, which shows up with dogmatic insistency in A Brutal Unity, that conscience is something that can and should be sacrificed will appear to many Christians as an incomprehensible foreign intrusion into what we take to be the very essence of Christian existence.
There are questions, of course, about what constitutes a matter of taste. But few of us would really disagree that once you do find that mystical territory of taste, rational argument doesn’t enter into it.
Humility, unseeing, holds out its hand to be led, and of it is said, "Cursed be he who places a stumbling block in front of the blind man." Charity, seeing, chooses, as it were, to move less in its progress, in order not to desert humility.
Last week, the Department of Education released guidelines outlining exactly who qualifies for loan forgiveness. It turns out that employees whose work is related to "religious instruction, worship services, or any form of proselytizing" don't fit the bill.
There have been a great many articles about the King James Version of the Bible during and since last year's 400th anniversary, but to my mind none more eloquent and convincing that the one by Robert Pogue Harrison, Professor of Italian (!) Literature at Stanford, which appears in the Feb. 9 issue of The New York Review of Books.