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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Forgiveness is Not Cheap

Charlotte Bronte was right: forgiveness is the mightiest sword. Forgiveness cuts away the hate and leaves us dead to evil and alive to God. We are starting Lent this week: a time to focus on our own sins and not on the sins of others. Christianity teaches us to love our enemies  and to be forgiving.  Forgiveness 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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Dear Milo

Dear Milo, I am not a fan. I could be a friend. You can check and see that I have opposed what you have said and done to date. Still, you are smart and have been hurt. You are a sinner, but then I am a sinner. You were hurt horribly, but yet you persist [Read More…]

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No Apocalypse Now: Be Calm, Be Joyful

We are in difficult times, as we always are. The church needs revival, but the revival we need will not come with panic or demonizing our foes. We will not “win” by adopting a “by any means strategy” so becoming the people we fear, but by love, prayer, and work. A great failure of modern [Read More…]

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The Two Atheisms: How to Know Smart People Cannot Get “Is” From “Ought”

When I was a boy, so long ago the New Atheists were young men, atheism was sold to us in many a science fiction book as freedom from the sexual repression that was killing us all. Someday, writers like Isaac Asimov promised, sex would be less of a mystery and a great deal more available. [Read More…]

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Holmes, Houdini, and Looking for Mystery in all the Wrong Places

I love Sherlock Holmes stories. On any given night, I go to sleep hearing Charlton Griffen read the stories to me. Somewhere in my heart, it is always 1895 and the game is always afoot. Thank you, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Oddly, this bright medical doctor went off into an odd mental corner. He became [Read More…]

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