Nearly two months since I last posted a Daybook, or anything else, here. The end of last semester was very difficult for me, the holidays were exceptionally busy, and January was, for various reasons, an exhausting and exasperating month. But here we are again; let us return to it.
Today, the Church remembers the Martyrs of Japan, killed on this day in 1597. But just as important as those 26 are the small community of believers who held to a rudimentary belief in the faith for 250 years after the late 16th-century purges, without scriptures or clergy.
O God our Father, who art the source of strength to all thy Saints, and who didst bring the holy martyrs of Japan through the suffering of the cross to the joys of life eternal: Grant that we, being encouraged by their example, may hold fast the faith that we profess, even unto death; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Readings for Today
- The Death of Expertise, and the Death of Democracy(?)
- The Death of Expertise, and the Death of Mainline Protestantism(?)
- The Story of Finding the Sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird
- Churchill, Robert E. Lee, and the Ugly-and-Beautiful Consequences of Anachronistic Romanticism contra Capitalistic Modernity
- The Disappearance of a 19th-century Term: “Brown Study”
- Civil Libertarians and Social Conservatives: Troubled Allies Against the Nanny State
- An Emerging Conservative Consensus Against the Prison State?
As someone who came of age during the 1990s, one of the most items of popular culture for me was the NBC sitcom Saved by the Bell, a show that gave 11-14 year olds a fantasy version of high school that we later used to explain, criticize, and make sense of both our late childhood and the successes and failures of our adolescence. Late-night host Jimmy Fallon has cultivated the nostalgia of folks my age for some time now, often by pulling in jokes surrounding SBTB; he has long promised a “reunion,” and it finally happened, of sorts, last night. And the results are just as charming and even winsome as you’d hope: