…Damon Linker now has a blog (hat tip: Rod Dreher). This should be fun to watch as he takes on the FT crew while also possibly making wild and unfounded statements about religious conservatives in America. Best of all, what does Linker call his new blog? What else? “The Apostate.” So, irony aside for a moment, the choice Linker poses seems to be between the supposed fanaticism of the Neuhaus crowd and apostasy. Not exactly a tough choice for most believers.
The name of Linker’s blog reminds me, on a completely different, personal note, of the name of a short story I wrote back in high school. It was not a good short story (it was a very abstract story that was supposed to be critiquing the conformity of individualists, or something like that–no, really, it was), but I thought the title was one of those clever, late modern conservative “I’m really more subversive than you subversives are” uses of language, which was The Apostate of the Heretics.
My creative writing teacher didn’t get the joke in the title, partly because she didn’t know what apostate meant, which I found a little hard to believe. I’m not sure if she got the joke when I explained what it meant. Then again, when I wrote another story based loosely on the 21st chapter of the Gospel of St. John and used St. Peter’s Aramaic name, Cephas, in the dialogue, she didn’t know who Cephas was, so I guess being an English teacher at a high-level private school requires you to know some things more than others.