Scientists have discovered a new organ in the body.  In fact, it is the largest organ in the body:  the interstitium.  This is tissue containing liquid-filled spaces that exists between the major organs, functioning in part as shock absorber protecting the organs.  The interstitium fluid empties into the lymph nodes, giving it other functions relating to the immune system. Scientists don’t really know what all the interstitium does.  Said one scientist, “It would be analogous to discovering blood vessels for… Read more

We had our Tenebrae service on Tuesday, here in Australia, and the Scripture readings struck me with their irony.  It’s excruciating, I thought, using an adjective often used to describe irony in its extremest form.  Then I realized that the very word “excruciating” comes from “crucify.” Irony is very difficult to define, but let me take up my literature professor vocation once again and give it a try:  Irony involves the tension between two meanings.  The tension may arise because… Read more

The young anti-school shooting crusaders are discrediting the NRA and influencing public opinion to support gun control.  Opponents of gun rights are coming out of the woodwork, organizing boycotts, shaming companies, and trying to make gun rights advocates social pariahs, almost as despicable as opponents of gay marriage.  Now retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is proposing the ultimate solution:  Let’s just repeal the Second Amendment. From CNN: Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens believes the students and… Read more

Years ago, I read the book I and Thou by the Jewish theologian Martin Buber.  I have found it very useful in understanding human relationships and how things can go wrong.  Peter Leithart  writes about it for First Things, and I appreciate being reminded about it. Briefly, he says that our relationships are either between persons (an “I” and a “thou”) or with objects (an “I” and an “it”).  Sometimes, though, we treat persons as if they were objects. Buber, by the… Read more

Pro-abortion advocates wrap themselves in the mantle of “the woman’s right to choose.”  But many women don’t choose to get abortions.  Their husbands, boyfriends, or other men pressure them to do so.  Pro-abortion advocates make abortion a hallmark of feminism.  But they don’t say much about the large-scale “gendercide” taking place in many parts of the world, in which girl babies are systematically aborted because the parents prefer sons. Lutherans for Life of Australia is circulating a brilliant, hard-hitting article… Read more

Our new granddaughter, Hannah Grace Hensley, was baptized on Palm Sunday.  Now comes Holy Week.  Christmas celebrates the Incarnation, God becoming a human being.  But this week and the events it commemorates shows, in rapid succession, why this happened and how it was all “for us.”  In fact, all of the strains and themes of Christianity come together this week. On Maundy Thursday the Gospel is underscored, as Christ tells us to take His body, “given for you,”  and His… Read more

Back in February, with great effort, Congress passed a budget agreement, but the details and actual appropriations were not worked out.  That required an “omnibus spending bill.”   After helping to negotiate the bill, then threatening to veto it, Trump finally signed the $1.3 trillion spending bill that blows up his own budget proposals, expands Obama-era programs, and gives a half billion dollars to Planned Parenthood. Democrats are declaring victory.  And rightly so.  From Michael Grunwald in Politico: President Donald Trump’s budget… Read more

Traditional atheists argue that God does not exist.  The “new atheists” employ a moral argument against God, trying to make the case that God and believers in God are bad, then jumping to the non sequitur that He therefore does not exist.  Then there is Friedrich Nietzsche, the arch-atheist, who is in a class by himself, rejecting God out of sheer cosmic rebellion and attacking Christianity not in its weakness but in its strength:  its ethic of love and compassion. Christianity, said… Read more

According to the leftist tenets of intersectionality, the interlocking dynamics of power and privilege mean that members of one oppressed identity group should act as “allies” of  other oppressed identity groups.  Thus, women should support gays, who should support racial minorities, who should support the transgendered, and so on. But Muslims are also considered an oppressed identity group and so are included in the intersectional obligations.  Thus, the organizers of the recent Women’s March include open supporters of Black Muslim… Read more

The Pew Research Center has released a study of marital status in U.S. religious groups.  It gives the percentage of those married, living with a partner, divorced or separated, widowed, and never been married, broken down by denomination or religious affiliation.  The results are interesting, disturbing, and surprising.  But also deeply misleading. Among all American adults, 48% are married, 7% are cohabitating, 13% are divorced, 7% are widowed, and 25% have never been married.  This chart shows how various religious groups… Read more

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