How Science & Art Come Together in Da Vinci’s “Savior of the World”

Leonardo da Vinci was not only a great artist.  He was also a great scientist–and engineer, mathematician, inventor, and much more.  For Leonardo, these were interconnected, not separate specialities, reflecting the integration of knowledge that is the goal of classical learning.  The new painting of his that was recently discovered, “Savior of the World,” which we discussed recently, demonstrates how Leonardo integrated his scientific research with his art. Da Vinci biographer Walter Isaacson focuses on some striking details of the painting in… Read more

The Connection Between Domestic Abuse and Church Shootings

Research does show that a large percentage of church shootings do also involve domestic violence. Why do men who abuse their wives sometimes shoot up her church? Read more

Sex Charges Expose Hypocrisy

The accounts of sexual harassment, assault, and other mistreatment of women have become an avalanche.  They expose the hypocrisy of various “family values” conservatives, but they also expose the hypocrisy of various “politically correct” liberals in the progressive media, academia, and politics. The man responsible for Fox News, his leading “traditionalist” talk show host, and the Republican senatorial candidate from Alabama are among the conservatives brought down by their sexual misconduct.   Then there are the conservative politicians, businessmen, and even… Read more

Which Doctrines Must Be “Reasonable”?

Which do you trust more, God’s Word or your own understanding? In whom do you put your faith? In God or in yourself? Read more

The New Da Vinci:  “The Savior of the World”

There is a newly discovered and authenticated painting by Leonardo da Vinci, a painting of Jesus Christ entitled “Savior of the World.” It sold at auction Wednesday for $450,312,500–the highest priced painting ever sold at auction–to an unidentified buyer .  (The previous record was $179,364,992 for a Picasso.)  In 1958 the painting was sold for the equivalent of $125. It was known that Leonardo painted a picture of Jesus for the King of France between 1506 and 1513, but it… Read more

Only Christians Can Be Atheists and Only Atheists Can Be Christians?

Ernst Bloch was a Marxist–indeed, a Stalinist–who believed that Christianity is the inspiration for the Revolution. Read more

The Threat to American Conservatism

American conservatism is in jeopardy.  If people who say they are conservatives vote for candidates who violate conservative principles–for example, “family values,” moral integrity, fidelity to the constitution, etc.–conservatism is proven to be a sham, just as the progressives claim. So says John Daniel Davidson in The Federalist.  He discusses the Judge Roy Moore debacle, showing that the Senate candidate now accused of child molestation has never really been a conservative. His defiance of the court order to remove the Ten Commandments… Read more

To the Christian Belongs the Past, Present, and Future

“To the so-called Lutheran, that is the true catholic Christian, belongs the entire past, before and after Luther.  The future must belong to him as well.  All things true and scriptural are his, when and where they are spoken.”  (Wilhelm Loehe, The Pastor, p. 157) That line, from the Wilhelm Loehe book we blogged about,  speaks to both Lutherans and Christians in general. As it relates to Lutherans, it illustrates what I had been trying to explain in my Reformation anniversary… Read more

The Roy Moore Controversy

Roy Moore, the judge who refused to remove the Ten Commandments, is the Republican nominee for Senator from Alabama.  And, as you have probably heard, he has been accused of child molestation.  Some supporters don’t believe the charges, but some evangelical Christians are defending him even if the charges are true! I won’t go into the details here, but a woman says that Moore molested her when he was in his 30’s and she was 14.  Now another woman tells… Read more

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