Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead, expose them.
Welcome one and all!
The title for this blog is taken from letter written by Catholic author Flannery O’Connor near the end of her life, “Be properly scared, go on doing what you are doing, but take the necessary precautions.”
It seems to me that this is the right balance for Christians in our era–go on doing what you are doing, don’t dissolve in panic …but take the necessary precautions.
Precautions include being responsibly informed and battle ready for the culture war. The general idea here will be to play the observant child to the naked emperor. Help me explore the illogic of those cultural blips that are based on fuzzy logic or wishful thinking, not on objective reality, and often in utter disregard for truth.
Catholics–all Christians –ought to seek truth. We are people who understand that truth is ultimately the greatest charity, the greatest mercy. Be Properly Scared will examine those cultural and political policies that reflect an errant culture’s emotive wish rather than an objective respect for human nature and the given order. A reasoned rant, if you will.
I’ve just read a paper by a favorite philosopher. His article is based on a Chesterton conversation. The Chesterton phrase that made me smile was, “An abominable darkness of brain,” and I’d use that as a tagline if there was a way to add it to this template. How apt. Our era slides deeper toward the darkness–a darkness of mind and spirit–that we call the Culture War. Our goal is to shine a light on that “abominable darkness of brain.”
As for the banner across the top of the blog, a setting sun, it is a visual representation of the finite nature of time. Today is the day to do something.
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