Says the student: “I am Charlemagne.”

Today a first grader at The Saint Constantine School learned about Charlemagne. In a burst of enthusiasm for this great leader, he shouted: “I am Charlemagne. Become Christian or die!” This required some teaching. Atheist, Christian, Muslim, almost any group, has been tempted to use power to make people believe the right thing. Law can force [Read More…]

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Love not Passion

There is so much I want that I cannot have. What is to be done? We often confuse who we are with our desires. Desire is very powerful, but philosophers from Plato to CS Lewis have understood that reason must govern desire. What I want is not  necessarily what I should want. This is obvious [Read More…]

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Become Fully Human: A Film on the “Nones” and Christianity

To paraphrase Terry Mattingly: the film is the novel of the 21st century. And if this is so, then we should rejoice, because philosopher Nathan Jacobs has made a novel in light that speaks with those who respond “none” when asked about religion. His motion picture Becoming Truly Human listens, tells a story, and responds. People, [Read More…]

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We Are Living In World War I Today

Veterans’ Day is the day World War I “ended.” The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month was the start of the Armistice for a War that continues. The War to end all Wars became the War that keeps spawning problems yet most of my students know nothing about this debacle. The [Read More…]

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On Elections: A Letter from My DOD (Dear Old Dad)

Dear John Mark: Our household has mixed feelings this morning.  We are glad that HRC will not be President of the United States. She and Bill suffered a demoralizing defeat. We are glad that Republicans maintain control of Congress. We are glad that the Supreme Court will be presided over by constitutionalists. The Obama legacy [Read More…]

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