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Marilynne Robinson

Written by: James W. Huston Published: December 21, 2014

Marilynne Robinson.  Where do I begin.  I suppose when I first asked, “Who?” when I read a review of Marilynne Robinson’s Death of Adam in National Review.  I’d never heard of her, and there she was being hailed as one of the great minds of America, with a particularly acute, logical and . . . shockingly . . . Christian perspective.  Well I knew all that wasn’t possible, so I ordered the small hardcover book to prove it to myself.

Little did I know that the praise she received in the review was, if anything, an understatement.  I was floored by her insight, her analysis, and, frankly, her wisdom.  And her willingness to call things as she saw them, wherever the logic led. Who else in America can get away with a discussion of evolution by calling the concept of “survival of the fittest” a tautology?  If those who have survived are determined to be the fittest by the fact that they survived, then that is simply a tautology.  Survival of the survivors, it should be, which tells us nothing.  Just so.  But who has the nerve to say that in today’s world, and who but her can get away with it without being ridiculed by the evolution establishment which brooks no dissent?

I read on.  I read interviews of her by the New York Times and others which noted her affection for Calvin and the disproportionate presence of books by and about him in her bookshelves.  John Calvin?  It is considered a character flaw to even mention John Calvin today.  He believed in predestination which is an illegal thought in many quarters (never mind that so did Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, and Edwards—it is Calvin who is branded with the concept).  Who can this unique person be?  To me, much like Richard John Neuhaus, her objective was to reestablish the role of religion, Christianity in particular, and Calvinism in specific, into the discussion of the proper society.  What a thought.

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Arsenal and the Transfer Saga–Ozil’s twin brother

Written by: James W. Huston Published: September 3, 2013

Watching Arsenal claim to have lots of money to spend on transfers every year is painful, primarily because they never actually spend anything. That changed this year at the last hour when they bought Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid. He is very talented, no doubt, and should make quite a contribution.  But every time I look at him, I can’t help but think of Peter Lorre from Casablanca:

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Damien, by Lamb’s Players: A Review

Written by: James W. Huston Published: April 8, 2013

Having  been season ticket holders for the Lambs Player’s Theater in Coronado for many years I have seen numerous performances of all types of plays and musicals.  But none of them was better than Damien.  I confess to not looking forward to a “one man” show, a la Hal Holbrook.  Nor was I excited to see a play about a priest who worked with lepers.  My fears and concerns were misplaced and caused me to feel guilty, that I hadn’t trusted the artistic director and producer of the Lamb’s Players to put on a production worthy of Broadway.  Actually above Broadway–they would be unlikely to put on a play as edifying as Damien.

For those who don’t know the story of Father Damien, or like me had heard of him but couldn’t say more than he helped the lepers on the island of Molokai, he was a Belgian who felt called to the priesthood at a young age, much like his brother had been.  But the authorities in the church thought he was too tempestuous, too opinionated and outspoken to be a priest.  Perhaps he could serve as a missionary, or other office that didn’t call for ordination.  But when his brother, who was to go to Hawaii, was taken ill, Damien volunteered to go in his place.  To get there he went over the head of priest in charge of his order in Belgium, and was selected.  His supervising priest raged that he was not ready and would do more harm than good.

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COMBAT COUNTDOWN on The Military Channel

Written by: James W. Huston Published: October 16, 2012

Starting tomorrow evening, October 17th,  the military channel will be broadcasting Combat Countdown, a new series in which I will appear as an on-air commentator. The series features the best combat weapons around the world, and compares them in different categories, like speed, or power.  So it’s not for example which is the best tank, but which weapon system in its category dominates in a given area. It will be broadcast at 9:00 p.m.  Here’s a link to the Military Channel site that tells about it.   http://military.discovery.com/tv/combat-countdown/

Here is the list of broadcast dates and titles:

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CONCERT REVIEW: CROSBY STILLS AND NASH–SAN DIEGO SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

Written by: James W. Huston Published: October 2, 2012

September 30, 2012

I’ve been a fan of Crosby Stills Nash and Young since high school.  My favorite album for a very long time, and it may still be, is 4 Way Street, their live album released in 1971.  I’ve always wanted to see CSN in concert, and last night I finally did.

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