Listening to Lucy: The Short Way to God

The know-nothing and the pseudo-intellectual are the same personality type in different zip codes. The know-nothing cannot be taught, because even the possibility he might be wrong enrages him. The pseudo-intellectual cannot be taught, because he already knows the truth and has the credentials to prove it. This is even true of the pseudo-Socratic personality [Read More…]

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On Crudity

I was once told that some Victorian somewhere thought it improper to put a book by Austen on a shelf next to a book by Dickens. Male and female jackets brushing in the night might shock the children. Maybe this weirdness happened, though I knew aged Victorians in West Virginia and they were healthy, salty, [Read More…]

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Give Us A King or Give Us Liberty?

God loves to teach His people because He wants us to become adults. We cannot become His peers, but when God came down and became a human, He made it possible for us to become His friends. God has all power and could make us just and good, but then we would cease to be persons.  He [Read More…]

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Trump has this Important Thing Right

  I haven’t been a big fan of Donald J. Trump’s White House run. At one point I had been negative enough that I wrote “Ten Nice Things” about the man, since few people deserve unremitting condemnation.  Let me leave aside the many things to which I have objected in the solutions Trump proposes to [Read More…]

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Trumpism: How am I responsible?

A person I respect challenged me the other day over “Trumpism.” Why have so many people in my party gotten things so wrong? Why have so many religious people been attracted to Trumpism? Maybe people like I am have been doing it wrong. Where is the rot present in my own life?  It is easy [Read More…]

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The Exposure of Racism in the Mainstream

Write about race and there is nothing right to say. You cannot gain virtue by writing. All you can do is witness to the truth. We continue to have a problem with race in America. Forget for a moment how to solve the problem. Personally, I find most of the solutions proposed on the “left” [Read More…]

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Nancy: the Strength of Subordination

Nancy Reagan is dead. She is not the last of her era, George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush remain with a few other senior hands, but the Party she knew is dead. Bob Dole was complaining on the news that he was a conservative, but that Kansas had become extreme. Whatever was good or bad [Read More…]

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On Locke This Presidential Year

America exists because of John Locke. There are reasons, of course, but this Republic owes the larger part of the ideas behind it to the English philosopher. The Founders depended so much on Locke’s ideas and philosophic vocabulary that it is almost more interesting to note where they deviated from him than where they agreed [Read More…]

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Plato and Jesus

Certain critics of great books education fear that the books will replace the Book. They understand that not everyone who loves wisdom falls into vanity, but know that some of us do. They are right to worry, because certain authors are so good, so true, and so beautiful that they appear sufficient. Plato is one [Read More…]

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Under the Plane Tree: Where Desire Meets Power

Love cannot abide the abuse of power. Or so it seems to me after a weekend watching politics and reading Phaedrus with friends. We were led by Professor Al Geier and the contrast between the two activities was remarkable. Politics is, probably rightly, about winning. If you have to get it done in South Carolina [Read More…]

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