College does NOT undermine faith

Glenn T. Stanton, in a useful feature at Gospel Coalition called “FactChecker,” cites research overturning the conventional wisdom that going to college undermines a young person’s faith.  Actually, NOT going to college is much more strongly associated with losing faith.  And 2.7 times more graduates say that college strengthened their faith, as opposed to weakening it. [Read more…]

Bee summit

Back in 2007, about three different servers ago when this blog was with World, I wrote a post entitled The Rapture of the Bees.   Honeybees were disappearing, which is a major concern, since they are so important in the pollination of crops.  Since then, I’ve read several pieces that purportedly solved the mystery of why that’s happening, but I guess there is still controversy over the causes, and the problem remains.  Thanks to Pete Muller, who sent me an account of a “Bee Summit” sponsored by pesticide-maker Monsanto.

Some are blaming pesticides for the die-off of bees, while others are blaming a kind of mite that preys on bees and that presumably could be controlled by. . . pesticides.  Anyone want to guess what the diagnosis will be from the Monsanto summit?  Or from environmentalists?  Notice how science, though supposedly objective, is not free from conclusion-shaping presuppositions. [Read more…]

House passes bill banning abortions after 20 weeks

The House of Representatives voted to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the point at which fetuses can reportedly feel pain.  It won’t survive the Senate or a presidential veto threat, but it’s the biggest restriction on abortion that ever passed Congress since Roe v. Wade, which does allow for restrictions on abortion after viability, then construed as 24 weeks, but getting earlier with better neonatal technology. [Read more…]

Good books

Summertime, and the living is easy.  A perfect time for reading.  It’s about time for me to reload my Kindle.  I have Lars Walker’s new novel, Hailstone Mountain, which  I’m looking forward to reading, but that won’t get me through the summer.   What books would you recommend?  (Feel free to recommend whatever you want–some one reading this blog is likely to appreciate it–but I myself will be looking not so much for scholarly tomes, of which I get enough during the school year, but lighter fare that is just fun to read.  The only limitation, Lit professor that I am, is that it needs to be well-written.)

Abortion and the Left

I’ve always wondered what is particularly “liberal” or even “left wing” about abortion, given that liberals and leftists generally present themselves as champions of the weak and the marginalized.  No one is as weak and marginalized as an unborn child.  Dale O’Leary, at the Catholic website Aleteia, explains the connection between radical feminism, leftist ideology, and the sexual revolution. [Read more…]

The factions in our proxy war in Syria

It isn’t just that we are intervening on behalf of the rebels in Syria by providing weapons.  We are intervening on behalf of a specific faction of rebels, with various Arab states supporting the other faction.  Since you can’t tell the players without a program, after the jump we have a guide to who’s fighting who in this complicated proxy war we’ve gotten ourselves into. [Read more…]


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