Weird: Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) omits “under God” in leading the House in Pledge of Allegiance

This is deeply troubling,  since the purpose of inserting "under God" in the Pledge was to distinguish America's belief that human rights and dignity have their source in God with the Soviet belief in philosophical materialism and that it is the State that exclusively imparts to us our rights. … [Read more...]

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Reformation Day and Schism

That's the title of my latest column on the Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: Sunday, October 31, is Reformation Day. It marks 493 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to that famous door in Wittenberg, Germany.  The Augustinian monk set in motion a sequence of events that reverberated through Western Christendom and continues to mark and separate us today.Since returning to the Catholic Church in late April 2007,  Reformation Day has taken on a different meaning than it did when … [Read more...]

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Louis Bouyer on the Reformation

Three days before Reformation Day (October 31), I bring to your attention one of my favorite essays, penned by the president of Ignatius Press, Mark Brumley. Entitled, "Why Only Catholicism Can Make Protestantism Work: Louis Bouyer on the Reformation," Brumley writes: Interpreting the Reformation is complicated business. But like many complicated things, it can be simplified sufficiently well that even non-experts can get the gist of it. Here's what seems a fairly accurate but simplified summary … [Read more...]

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Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) says Joe Miller “not fit to lead.” What would be your comeback to that accusation if you were Miller?

According to The Weekly Standard: Senator Lisa Murkowski, the write-in candidate in the Alaska Senate race against Republican Joe Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams, oozed with contempt for Miller during a debate last night, which was televised on Alaska's KTUU:MURKOWSKI: Scott is not ready to lead. Joe is not fit to lead. I have been leading this state [crowd boos]--I have been leading this state for 8 years. And I will continue to do so, bringing the seniority that I have built, the work … [Read more...]

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Bob Dylan, live in Boston 1974, singing “Gates of Eden.”

A terrific performance.Lyrics follow … [Read more...]

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I get nervous when I see Tea Party activists in tea party t-shirts board the plane I am on.

This means I get to keep my job as a professor! … [Read more...]

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My conservative journey on a liberal road; an excerpt from Return to Rome

Jonah Goldberg of the National Review just published an edited volume, Proud to be Right: Voices of the Next Conservative Generation (Harper, 2010). It consists of 22 chapters by young conservatives telling their stories about why they tilt right. I have not read the book, but the names of some of the contributors I know well, including the insightful Matthew Lee Anderson of Mere Orthodoxy.There was a time when I was a young conservative. (I turn 50 in two weeks). In my book, Return to Rome: … [Read more...]

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Dallas Willard’s Knowing Christ Today; an excellent treatise on faith, reason, and the Christian university

Over a year ago Harper Collins sent me a gift copy of Dallas Willard's new book, Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge. Soon after I received the book I came across Stan Guthrie's review of it in which Guthrie quotes from a piece I published in First Things' On the Square. It is an essay in which I offer an assessment of Notre Dame's awarding an honorary doctorate to President Barack Obama.In that piece I make these comments, which Guthrie quotes in his review: Unless the … [Read more...]

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What the Tea Party Movement believes, parts 1 and 2

I found these videos to be clear and compelling. … [Read more...]

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Neuhaus’ Law confirmed again

(HT: Carl Trueman)The late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus proposed what came to be known as Neuhaus' Law: "Where orthodoxy is optional, orthodoxy will sooner or later be proscribed." Over at Reformation21, Liam Goligher shares this tale from the Church of England. Apparently, in the Anglican communion, opposing the ordination of female bishops has gone from optional to proscribed. … [Read more...]

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