Beauty and the Beast: A Deeply Flawed Film

When I first saw the animated Disney film Beauty and the Beast, I knew that the girl singing must be one of the bad sisters in the story. After father lost his money they: . . . did not know how to spend their time; they got up at ten, and did nothing but saunter [Read More…]

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Hear Every Idea You Can: on Charles Murray

Charles Murray was invited to speak at a college and his speech was shut down violently. This is dangerous in a Republic. A viewpoint bubble may already exist in mainstream campus life.  This can be deadly to liberal arts education, but even worse for civil discussions. If you begin to think there are no good arguments for [Read More…]

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That Lightening Flash: Sure Before You Know

God speaks. He is there and He is not silent, but hearing God is the Alpha of a process through the Logos until reaching the Omega; knowing Truth. We are sure before we know, but only when we know can our feelings be vindicated. There came a time when I was unsure what to do next [Read More…]

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The Long Discussion: Such Larks!

Socratic discussion is my life’s work and I am going to dialog with a religious skeptic today. Of course, I dialog with religious skeptics most days, I am a teacher with all sorts of students. As a follower of Socrates, I am also skeptical myself, properly understood, about everything including my own religion! This is [Read More…]

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Faith, Understanding

I have an idea: let’s see and understand. Oddly, people keep pretending they can begin with no assumptions and then reason their way to Truth. The desire to find the truth is highly commendable, but to find the truth, we have to begin by looking for it. We do not start from no place, but some place [Read More…]

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Malory and Machiavelli: Just Now We Need Both

Just as Malory was ending, Machiavelli was beginning and that is as good a summary as any about the choices in politics. Where Malory ends, Machiavelli begins, but a stable body politic will have both. Too often we dismiss Malory as a mere dreamer of a golden age, of Arthur and Camelot, while Machiavelli is [Read More…]

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The Mentalist is a Good TV Show Like Life is a Good Cereal

Sometimes a man wishes for great television and sometimes he just wants to enjoy some sound entertainment. The best of all cold cereals, Peanut Butter Crunch, is too  good for daily use, it is for the Holidays. However, Life cereal combines just enough sugar and oat goodness to endure the breakfasts of February. Life is [Read More…]

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What Love Says to Perfect Love

Faith is the voluntary response of our souls when God reveals Himself to our inner being. We know. It is intellectual, emotional, and physical! Of course, then (as Plato pointed) out, reason and experience can help us understand what God has shown us, but it is in the very nature of God, His goodness and [Read More…]

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American Slavery Was Particularly Bad: We Should Have Known Better

Change that comes too quickly can do more harm than good. Ask the Russians of 1917. Sadly, this general truth can be used by bad men to justify no change. Washington knew slavery must go, but he chased his runaways and lacked the moral courage to free his slaves in his lifetime. In an otherwise great [Read More…]

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