Grifters in the Temple (Bad Easter Part II)

Christianity attracts grifters like a church picnic in Houston attracts mosquitos. Like mosquitos, the church grifters go where food is to be found and their lifeblood is money and power. The grifter, Harold Hill in the Music Man is an example, makes his living through sideshow fraud. He also has a big dream and a [Read More...]

Irritated by Palm Sunday (Bad Easter Part I)

Easter celebrates the conquest of death by Life.* This is the day we remember that God became man so man could become like God. This is the greatest party and a foreshadowing of the party to come. But I am a philosopher by nature and we are cynical souls and so begins a series on [Read More...]

Review of “Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory”: Nobody Expects Jerry Walls

Jerry Walls is always doing or saying something unexpected. In some, this is a mere eccentricity, but in Walls it is the fecundity of a restless first-rate intellect. He is so reasonable, but not in a grinding way, in a passionate way. Jerry Walls loves to think and so he leaps into an argument and then argues carefully. [Read More...]

A Modern Saint on Religion and Science

Brooklyn, yes Brooklyn, has a saint and he wrote on religion and science. For those who think the only interesting thing about Brooklyn left when the Dodgers went to Los Angeles, the life and thought of Raphael is a corrective. In December of 1895, Raphael spoke to a group of men on science. His talk [Read More...]

Do we want an adventure?

Bilbo Baggins almost passed on adventure. Who could blame him? Gandalf was excellent at fireworks, but very secretive about this plan. The dwarves showed up for an entirely unexpected party and the only thing certain about the quest was that the odds were against success. The dragon Smaug was able to point out more than [Read More...]

Is the PCUSA still Christian?

Given the recent decision to bless vice, the status of the Presbyterian Church USA is difficult. Is it Christian? The PCUSA has removed itself from the line of historic Christian churches and we can only pray for her recovery. Talking to the Presbyterian Church USA will now be interfaith, not ecumenical dialog, yet discussion must [Read More...]

Temar Boggs and Chris Garcia: Well Done Young Men

Temar Boggs and Chris Garcia saw a girl being abducted by a stranger. Boggs says he did what “anybody else would do,” but I think he is being generous to the rest of us. Temar Boggs is not just a hero, but a modest young man. When they saw evil, Garcia and Boggs chased after [Read More...]

Finding Truth: A Review and Some Comments

Nancy Pearcey* makes the complicated so clear a reader can forget how insightful she has been. Don’t be deceived: her new book Finding Truth is an intellectual powerhouse. You might not notice because it is also readable. Intellectual poseurs will be disappointed, but the rest of us rejoice. Pearcey is not arguing for Christianity to pagans in [Read More...]

Dear Nate: Sinners Happy to Sin Welcome to Dinner, Not Welcome to Communion

Dear Nate, Both of us agree sin is bad. For Christians this is not, perhaps, the most remarkable of agreements or insights. We also agree that there is a difference between a sinner who is sorry he sins and one who thinks his sin is awesome or justified. We come as we are to become [Read More...]

Andy Jackson: Deserving of Dishonor

Andrew Jackson was a maniac, racist, and perpetrator of a lawless attempt at genocide. Andy Jackson was a war hero (War of 1812) and if there is a monument to his deeds in that battle, he earned it. There is a memorial to Benedict Arnold’s heroism in the Battle of Saratoga after all. Leave his [Read More...]