Weekly Reading – December 12, 2014

The usually unusual rundown:

  • And the World Gets Crazier,” Unam Sanctam Catholicam – I am not a regular reader of Catholic blogger Simcha Fisher; this post critiquing her latest article does a very good explaining why. Neo-ultramontanism is a frightening thing made less by the sheer silliness of its orientation and the hyperbole of its rhetoric.
  • Judge Richard A. Posner, “What Books on Law Should Be,” Michigan Law Review (MLR) – This brief foreword to the MLR’s annual book review issue has some gems in it, including Posner’s blatant acknowledgment that “[m]odern judges are the product of modern American culture, which is philistine,” and “in this philistine age, new, high-quality fiction dealing with the law is bound to be rare.” Indeed.
  • Me, “Is It Time To Leave Filling Judicial Openings to the Experts?,” Bridge – Though the article is focused on Michigan’s judicial politics, my argument is applicable to a lot of other jurisdictions as well, or so I would hope.
  • John Rao, “He Who Lives By Modernity Dies By Modernity,” The Remnant – Everything John Rao writes is so good that I want to read it twice. This time Rao delivers a wonderful reflection on the anniversary of the Syllabus Errorum and the birth of the Church’s modern social doctrine.
  • Eric Jobe, “Exodus: Gods and Kings Review,” Departing Horeb – Eric Jobe has done a great service by saving me from wasting $9 at the box office. Thank you, friend.