A Sad Little Film: Star Trek II Again

Star Wars fans beware. By the time J.J. Abrams is done with your childhood, it will be even smaller and less impressive than reality always makes going home again. If the tree you built a house in was not nearly as high as you recall, in the hands of Abrams that tree would be torn [Read More...]

If Left Alone: What My Grandchildren Will See

Christians are a minority when it comes to sex outside of marriage. The Christian church teaches that sexual activity outside of marriage is a sin, but most Americans think it is morally acceptable. The good news is that if the immoral majority will leave us alone, the Christian minority is large enough to prevail over [Read More...]

Out of Many One

States and the federal government should abandon any mandated common educational core: even common cores I like. I am the sort of person who might be expected to support federal or statewide “common core” standards: I am the founder of a “great works” program and the chief academic officer of HBU: the school with the [Read More...]

Dear God: Facing Tragedy

Somebody someplace will use the tragedy in Oklahoma to make a philosophical point. Somebody someplace will repeat slogans. Those of us who love God will cry out to Him in our pain for friends and hurting people. We know God exists. We know He is good and we know everyone will die. But we hate [Read More...]

Hope: Ten Things To Hope

The President is in trouble. How do we know? International news organizations, disposed to like the President, are beginning to worry about him. And yet what American would wish for another failed President? By a failed presidency, I do not mean policy or decisions. I never voted for this President and I oppose his agenda, [Read More...]

Primary Mark Sanford

If you love Mark Sanford, primary him. Mark Sanford is unfit to serve in Congress and it is shame that the voters of South Carolina were faced with such dismal choices in the last election: a vacuous leftist versus a verminous righty. Of course, Republican primary voters brought it on themselves by not voting in [Read More...]

Jesus: On Pascha

Forty-two years ago, almost exactly, I went to my Dad and asked to be introduced to you. I was a boy, but I knew the difference between my thoughts and your Voice. Your voice in my heart cannot be confused with my own, because that sweet voice is nobler, purer, more charitable than any thought [Read More...]

“Think for yourself!” And other bad ideas.

Al Geier, the closest person to Socrates I know, was leading class at HBU a few weekends ago and someone (it could have been me) said, “We need to think for ourselves and encourage others to do the same.” He looked at someone (it could have been me) and said, “No. We need to think [Read More...]

The Bell of Saint Linda

My daughters are particularly insightful. When they met met the person who runs the Provost’s office at HBU, they knew that they had met a most excellent person and began to refer to her as Saint Linda. Really, since she is very much alive, she should be called Saint-In-the-Making Linda, but their message to me [Read More...]

“Cheer Up!” And Other Obnoxious Advice

Tenth grade was bad enough without adding forced cheerfulness. She arrived when I was in tenth grade and was very, very smart, virtuous, and lovely. I sent her a note, because that was what I did in tenth grade when overwhelmed by holiness or hormones. She turned me down for some very good reasons: I [Read More...]