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November 10, 2012

One answer to our present questions: "Renewing hospitality"

Unhealthily gloomy (or triumphalistic) about Tuesday's election-results, and what they tell us about our divisions, disagreements, and challenges?  One suggestion, Anna Williams suggests, at First Things, strikes me as a really good one:  "More dinner parties."  Count me in.

Posted by Rick Garnett on November 10, 2012 at 09:57 AM in Garnett, Rick | Permalink

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Nice article, thanks for the information.

Posted by: sewa mobil jakarta | Nov 11, 2012 11:20:17 AM

I clipped this article out of Esquire Magazine nearly 23 years ago and have relied on it often. The Rust Hills Plan to Save Civilization. About how to give a dinner party. Lots of perfect advice. Couple drinks before dinner, but not too much. No appetizers -- they are appetite killers. No fussy frou frou dessert, rather something homey and gooey. A real key: don't let others get up to help clear the dinner plates, it breaks up the circle -- really true. How to set a simple table. Butter, salt and pepper at both ends -- all w/in reach. Everything set up beforehand.

http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/9002121683/rust-hills-plan-save-civilization

Posted by: Anon | Nov 11, 2012 1:36:11 PM

I am all for hospitality, although there are certain issues, such as respect for the Sanctity of every Human Life, and respect for the Sanctity of Marriage and the Family, that one can not agree to disagree about, and still remain a follower of Christ.

Posted by: N.D. | Nov 11, 2012 9:11:54 PM

Professor, I will say something akin to what I said in the First Things comment box. I am, frankly, afraid that such calls confuse niceness with charity and leave us whistling Dixie while others go about building a case for having us effectively excluded from civil society. Our statements about what is right and wrong, good and evil ring rather hollow when we're willing to ignore them over good beer or chianti. There should be some sort of consequence for the type of conduct we have witnessed and will continue to witness from secularists, even if that consequence is only an individual's refusal to give the scandal of inviting into his home someone who publicly advocates making orthodox Catholics third-class citizens. The alternative merely communicates that we accept our marginalization.

Posted by: Titus | Nov 12, 2012 12:11:43 PM

"Our statements about what is right and wrong, good and evil ring rather hollow when we're willing to ignore them over good beer or chianti. There should be some sort of consequence for the type of conduct we have witnessed and will continue to witness from secularists, even if that consequence is only an individual's refusal to give the scandal of inviting into his home someone who publicly advocates making orthodox Catholics third-class citizens."

Hilarious. (And Titus's comment at First Things is even more over the top.)

"Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, 'This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.'"

Silly Jesus!

(And if orthodox Catholics are going to be third class, who gets to be second class? Is there a flowchart somewhere?)

Posted by: WmBrennan | Nov 14, 2012 10:21:41 AM

Brennan -- I agree with you (which is why I posted what I did), but let's not imagine that the "good Lord I would never socialize with a *conservative*!" attitude (the "flip side" of Titus's statement), even among Catholics, is not distressing prevalent.

Posted by: Rick Garnett | Nov 14, 2012 10:43:11 AM

I would certainly condemn such uncivil behaviour from the liberal side as well.

Posted by: WmBrennan | Nov 14, 2012 12:00:51 PM

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