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Clips and Comments: Pandemic Edition (+Reno) - Issue #170

I hope to have at least one normal issue for you this week, though I cannot promise anything at this
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Clips and Comments: Pandemic Edition (+Reno) - Issue #170
By Matthew Lee Anderson • Issue #170 • View online
I hope to have at least one normal issue for you this week, though I cannot promise anything at this point. My reasons are twofold: First, I have been dealing with extensive seasonal allergies, which have left me more tired than usual. I had plans to volunteer this week at my local Salvation Army: practically, I am not sure I should hazard the risk of doing so, given that my allergies have made me almost asthmatic and have left my immune system seriously weakened. Talk about weighing the relative goods of life and caring for the impoverished. Which brings me to my second reason.
I spent much of my writing time over the weekend attempting to distill my central frustrations with the current mini-controversy about how to balance life with economic prosperity. That resulted in a new 4,000 word essay at Mere Orthodoxy (rejoice that it is not in your inbox). I propose that leaders must make some decisions about ‘how many’ lives to risk in responding to this, and that those writers who attempt to dismiss the question as illegitimate obscure the terrible authority God has entrusted government with to protect the common weal.
I don’t myself answer the question–which I am sure will pointed out to me by anyone eager to criticize me (if they read it, that is). I have my own thoughts as to what such an answer should look like. But, candidly, so few people read my work that the time it would take to show my work is not for now proportionate to the end: it would require me neglecting other responsibilities, which I cannot in good conscience do. Which is why my essay is more a plea for sobriety and seriousness from our professional Christian commentariat, whose full-time job it is to carry on a public conversation about matters of grave political and moral import.
At any rate: I have written the essay, and hope you will spend a few minutes of your day reading it. I meant it to be helpful: I tried to not only distill why Reno’s approach to this issue has been so frustrating, and even unserious, but also why his basic concerns (framed rightly) are reasonable.

Public Reasoning in a Pandemic: Responding to Moore, Reno, and Littlejohn
Don't Miss This Conversation
Communities of Faith and Covid-19
Worthwhile Tweets in a Crisis
The first one is, I imagine, about how every parent feels right now. When you click on the second one, you have to click ‘show this thread’–but it is worth it.
Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi
Parenting during a quarantine is easy. It’s having the media second guess you every night before bedtime that's the hard part. #ParentalPostgame https://t.co/cGmcq5Xzaa
Sage Boggs
OK, buckle up. I wanna talk to you about Triscuit. https://t.co/Tg7334OSbc
Retractions
I worried last week that this crisis has exposed the lack of statesmanship among our politicians, and of seriousness from our theological and moral leaders. The former is still true, but the latter deserves some qualification. If the commentariat has had a rather underwhelming month, the clergy have been far better. Which is a helpful reminder to me: the lack of sobriety from writers is an indictment of the way in which Christian discourse online occurs, but not itself an indictment of the church.
This thought was prompted by seeing Kelsey Dallas’ report that 88% of American churches have totally shut down their services. 88%! Dallas, who is one of the best religion reporters out there, strangely opts to focus on the remaining 12%. But getting 88% of American Christians to agree on anything, much less act together, is a miracle.
Or it’s a sign of how worldly our churches have become. You be the judge!
Prayers and Cocktails for Coronavirus
Inside the Story of How H-E-B Planned for the Pandemic
I miss basketball. So here's Steph being Steph.
Stephen Curry Full Highlights 2008 NCAA R1 vs Gonzaga - 40 Pts, 30 in 2nd Half, 8 Threes, INSANE!!
Stephen Curry Full Highlights 2008 NCAA R1 vs Gonzaga - 40 Pts, 30 in 2nd Half, 8 Threes, INSANE!!
From the 'bad news' department.
Michigan coronavirus cases explode but states outside of the hotspots can't get supplies
Relatively Good News!
It seems plausible that covid-19 is affected by the weather, as the West Coast has managed to contain it in a way that the East Coast has not.
PoliMath
I keep saying that we need to STOP looking at the COVID data in the US as a whole and here is why.

These are the COVID cases of 2 regions. The west coast is orange, the NYC area (NY, NJ, CT) is blue.

2 weeks ago, the west coast had twice as many cases as NYC https://t.co/Mc6QZ9aEsw
Fear of an Invisible Threat | The New Republic
What better way to lament in the midst of a pandemic than Faure's requiem?
What better way to lament in the midst of a pandemic than Faure's requiem?
On unrelated subjects
What Men Can Learn From Mary, Mother of Jesus
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