The Constantine Strategy in the Benedict Option!

Civilizations usually muddle through except when they do not. What happens when the center does not hold? The rightwing becomes reactionary and the leftwing revolutionary. Madness seizes society and younger people think anything is better than what exists. This is rarely true and the anything that happens next is generally much worse than what came [Read More…]

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Napoleon and Josephine: Eros Isn’t Enough

If it is March 9, it is the anniversary of Napoleon and Josephine, a cautionary tale about power, love, lust, and romance. Known as “Rose” before marrying Napoleon, Josephine could entrance men. She had an eye for talent and she chose a winner when she picked the Corsican. She rose with the military commander to become [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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Dickens on Education: Let Charles Dickens Save Us From Edu-Doom

Charles Dickens might save us from producing a Christian church ripe for destruction by zealots and revolutionaries. Before we get to how that is possible from a fellow long dead, and of questionable personal orthodoxy, understand what he did in his time. France wallowed in Revolution and Russia was consumed by it. England, Merrie Olde [Read More…]

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In Which Hugh Hewitt Meets a Live Blog for His Fourth Way

If there is a new Bill Buckley, his name is Hugh Hewitt. He is a calm and thoughtful voice and if he is partisan, then it is with good cheer. He bets his hopes and not his fears. I was (and remain) NeverTrump, part of the loyal opposition of Republican in exile from power. Hewitt [Read More…]

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