September 21, 2018

The Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh is in jeopardy after accusations that when he was a 17-year-old high school student, 36 years ago, he committed sexual assault at a drunken party by jumping on top of a 15-year-old girl and trying to take off her clothes before he was knocked off of her by a friend.  Now the question has been whether or not this actually happened.  What I find fascinating is that an adult is being held… Read more

September 20, 2018

The priest sex-abuse scandal is the biggest crisis to hit the Roman Catholic church since the Reformation.  I’ve heard that thought expressed by a number of people.  It contains a lot of truth, but it also has some misconceptions.  Far from being bad for the Church, the Reformation was good for the Church, including the Catholic church.  In fact, a “reformation” is exactly what the Catholic church needs in order to deal with this scandal. First of all, I commend… Read more

September 19, 2018

Saul Alinsky was a left-wing activist in the 1960s and 1970s whose “community organizing” was influential to subsequent political agitators, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.  His book Rules for Radicals:  A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals  gives his tactics for dealing with opponents and seizing political power. Rich Logis  has written a fascinating piece in at The Federalist entitled How Democrats Are Using Saul Alinsky’s Smear Tactics Against Brett Kavanaugh.  (It was written before the #MeToo allegations against Kavanaugh from his high school… Read more

September 18, 2018

Pew Research has come up with a different way of classifying American religion.  Instead of looking at broad categories (evangelicals, Catholics, mainline Protestants), or affiliations (denominations, religions), it has drawn up a “typology” based on how religious a person is, along with some other descriptors. I know, there are problems with this.  But the Pew study based on these categories has some interesting findings.  First, here are the seven categories: The Highly Religious (1)  Sunday Stalwarts.  These are the people who… Read more

September 17, 2018

The young adults of the Millennial generation are showing a higher rate of mental problems than previous generations.  A study says that the problem is perfectionism and their inability to attain it. As Rachel Genevieve Chia reports, “A study on the topic shows this phenomenon is unique to millennials, who are under immense pressure from always being ‘sifted, sorted and ranked’– in exams, job performance assessments, or on social media, where they feel compelled to curate a perfect life.” As a result,… Read more

September 14, 2018

The Democrats think they have a good chance to pick up the House of Representatives and maybe the Senate in the midterm elections in November and the White House in 2020.   And with the left wing of the party gaining more and more grass roots influence, some “progressives” think they may actually get to govern the country.  They have lots of domestic ideas–“Medicare for all,” free college tuition, abolish border enforcement, tax the rich, etc.–but they don’t really have a… Read more

September 13, 2018

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” said Jesus.  And “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:37, 39-40).  Thus, the first table of the Ten Commandments has to do with loving God and the second table has to do with loving your neighbor.   Peter Leithart, drawing on Thomas Brodie’s Genesis as Dialogue, points out that we… Read more

September 12, 2018

How extensive is the problem of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests?  Cases have been coming from around the world.  Some have said that the percentage of abusive priests is no worse than the percentage of men who abuse children in the general public.  But is that true? Some years ago, the John Jay College Criminal Justice program carried out an extensive study of accusations dating from between 1950 and 2002.  It found that 4.2% of priests had been… Read more

September 11, 2018

Geoffrey Owens is a Shakespearean actor, but he is best known for his role on The Cosby Show back in the 1980s, playing the boyfriend of one of the Huxtable daughters and later her husband.  But lately he has been working as a cashier at a Trader Joe’s grocery store in New Jersey. Someone took pictures of him at his cash register, and the London tabloid The Daily Mail ran with it.  The writer of the article thought it was hilarious that this former… Read more

September 10, 2018

Google has some new algorithms, so Patheos told its writers to bolster the E.A.T. factor (“Expertise.Authoritativeness, and Trustworthiness”) for our posts.  One way to do that is to beef up our biographies on the “About” section of our blogs.  So I swapped out my cursory couple of sentences about myself to a more detailed account that had been written for another purpose.  If you’re interested in knowing more about me–though I can’t imagine why you would be–check out my new… Read more

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