Terrifically Terrible Prayer

Let’s not talk politics. Let’s talk prayer and not prostituting prayer in the service of partisan politics. Whatever the merits of Donald J. Trump as a candidate, he should repudiate a prayer given at this convention. On the first Monday of the convention, not-so-orthodox Pastor Mark Burns gave the worst prayer I have ever heard. [Read More…]

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The Worst Argument For a Bad Candidate: Irrational Hope

How was he doing? “Tolerable,” was the old man’s response. If you are a Christian in government, that is your goal. How is your candidate? Tolerable. Sadly, Americans do not always get to choose between tolerable candidates. Imagine having to choose between a Democratic former Secretary of State with deep moral problems and an erratic [Read More…]

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Bad Arguments Make Good Men Do Bad Things

Bad arguments make good men do bad things. Even a very good man can outthink himself and justify bad choices. This is particularly tempting when we wish to do something or the choice is what most people in our social group are doing. Kids just say: “Everyone is doing it.” Grownups say: “It is the [Read More…]

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Hated for Our Virtues: France, USA, and the World

God save France and the West. If enough people hate France enough to die to kill Frenchmen, then stopping them will be very hard. One reason this will be a long war is the cause of the hatred. We are not just hated for our vices, but for our virtues. You could hate the West [Read More…]

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Thinking as a Woman is Necessary to Think Well (Theaetetus)

Sometimes one has to say something so obviously good and true that saying it sounds foolish or even condescending. Yet even the best of us ignore the truth, so at times it needs to be said . . . especially when most of us are not the best of us! Reading a great author, somebody [Read More…]

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Knowing Isn’t So Easy (Theaetetus)

Everyone knows until some smart guy comes and confuses them. Sometimes he is just a pompous ass out to score clever points, but other times Socrates is showing us that we are the asses. We think we know something we do not. The faux-Socrates spends his time showing regular folks their ignorance, but the real [Read More…]

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Breathless Waiting: from Abstaining to Chastity

To love absolutely one must learn to say no to love. This is not a paradox since everyone can “love” more than one thing or person at once. To love one person is to give this beloved time and psychological energy making them unavailable to that other beloved. If I give myself to pizza totally, [Read More…]

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I am not Howard Roark or Mark Studdock

I am told that Ayn Rand did not like CS Lewis. Yet having read Fountainhead over this Saturday*, I am convinced she should have given him  more credit than she did. Her Fountainhead shares a theme with his That Hideous Strength.  She loathes the “secondhander” … the man who loses his self by giving up self for the approval [Read More…]

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Love’s Long Game (Race in America)

True love is willing to wait for the beloved and in our broken world, love’s long game is the best strategy for peace. Hate and revenge get immediate results and so satisfy our desire to “do” something. The thing we do is evil and never works. Intent is the content of our morality and so [Read More…]

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Saying: “I do not know.”

Racism. Dead African-Americans. Dead officers. These are bad things. The temptation is to use stronger words, but bad is perfect. The murders and centuries of slavery, Jim Crow, whitewashing, stereotyping, are a decent definition of bad. Thinking a problem is solved when the group impacted by the “problem” knows it continues is itself part of [Read More…]

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