Meanwhile…

I’ve got a bunch of work to do, but if you don’t, here are two sites that deserve further consideration. The first is an essay in pictures of the March for Life in D.C. Notice the diversity and the serious joy which is so in contrast to the pro-death marches.

The second is an essay by Edward Oakes at First Things on “Reason and Pop Atheism.”

Timotheos

“Will Someone Take Me To a Pub?”

A Ballade Of An Anti-puritan

G.K. Chesterton

They spoke of Progress spiring round,
Of light and Mrs Humphrey Ward–
It is not true to say I frowned,
Or ran about the room and roared;
I might have simply sat and snored–
I rose politely in the club
And said, `I feel a little bored;
Will someone take me to a pub?’

The new world’s wisest did surround
Me; and it pains me to record
I did not think their views profound,
Or their conclusions well assured;
The simple life I can’t afford,
Besides, I do not like the grub–
I want a mash and sausage, `scored’–
Will someone take me to a pub?

I know where Men can still be found,
Anger and clamorous accord,
And virtues growing from the ground,
And fellowship of beer and board,
And song, that is a sturdy cord,
And hope, that is a hardy shrub,
And goodness, that is God’s last word–
Will someone take me to a pub?

Envoi
Prince, Bayard would have smashed his sword
To see the sort of knights you dub–
Is that the last of them–O Lord
Will someone take me to a pub?