Friday, February 17, 2012

American idols
Dr Fleming:
These latter-day Americans must be among the most pious and reverent people who have ever lived. They adore celebrities while they are alive and virtually worship them when they are dead. The honors the ancient Greeks paid to their semi-divine heroes and medieval Christians to saints and martyrs are now lavished upon entertainers and athletes. Christmas may have been reduced to a shopping spree and Easter to an excuse to give ducks and rabbits to children, but we still have a liturgical cycle that includes the Grammys, the Oscars, the Emmys, and the Super Bowl.

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