Never Regret the Good Done, But Liberty

Liberty is rare in human history if you are not rich, powerful, or in the right group. That’s a very sad truth, because for a Christian, the more liberty a society can maintain, the closer we have gotten to God  . . . who is the author of liberty. Ideally, morality would be each person’s [Read More…]

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Plato, Math, and Doing Science

Growing up there was a certain sort of Christian scientist who would blame Plato or Platonism for anti-science attitudes. Karl Giberson, by all accounts a fine scientist, blamed Plato, Platonism, or neo-Platonism for anti-science views of Christian leaders in “the dark ages.” Take this example from many: We will look briefly at some of the [Read More…]

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“Staff” Can Be Beautiful Stuff, but It Does not Last

The City glistened by Lake Michigan and was so beautiful that visitors would cry when they saw it. The great Columbian Exposition of 1893 built a White City on the shores of Lake Michigan next to Chicago, a town better known for burning down after a cow kicked a lantern and for being, perhaps in [Read More…]

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Three Fashion Ideas that Should Trend But Will Not (Bright Week Party Post 3)

Once a man reaches a certain age, the young man clothes of his youth look like young man clothes on an old man. This is not good. Sadly, almost all fashion trends have catered to the man of less than Chestertonian bulk. We cannot wear track suits, because the notion of my running laps is [Read More…]

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Things My Adult Children Say I Should Not Say

A joy of having adult children is knowing the many, many things that I should never say, why I should never say them, and the penalties for saying them. One child threatens to “break me” if I ever again say that anything said three times  or containing chimps can be funny. This is not only false [Read More…]

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Have Faith, Seek Understanding

Faith and reason go together for Christian people. Of course, sometimes even good Christian people believe wrong things about faith, but that’s what happens when there are two billion of you. You can find some Christian someplace who believes almost anything! I once met a fascinating chap who had confused a search for Atlantis, atheism, and [Read More…]

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Leaving a Proper Inheritance: A Lesson from “As You Like It”

Commercials still pitch “leaving something” for your family at death to people my age or older. I have yet, however, to meet a student who makes a single career decision in terms of inheritance, except for the few that expect to get one. We are not raising a generation concerned about what they will leave [Read More…]

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Never, Ever, Every Hire This Man: On George B. McClellan

  If you are hiring a leader, avoid one type more than (almost) any other. Do not ever hire George B. McClellan to run your university, church, or non-profit. If so, you will regret it every day. If you presently work for McClellan, flee. Do not pass “Go.” Do not collect two hundred dollars. Flee. [Read More…]

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On Moral Advice: The Particular Need Not be Universal

The Saint Constantine School is starting a shooting team, but I will not be a coach. Why? I am too absent minded to be a good trainer when it comes to firearms. My shooting ability is limited any way and it would not be wise for me to pretend more expertise than I have. My [Read More…]

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Bomfoggery : White, Angry, and Dying: What I learned from Moby Dick 2/3

Moby Dick is one of the best books for just this moment in American history. Melville is weary of the Christian American culture too compromised with money and power and by the time of Moby Dick has left Christian orthodoxy behind him.  In particular, the Protestant North struck him as hypocritical, though he also appreciated bits [Read More…]

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