An historian’s account of Baylor’s 1994 invitation to join the Big XII

The recent tempest over Texas A & M's invitation to join the Southeast Conference, and Baylor University's response to it, has resulted in some heated exchanges online. In following these verbal disputes, I have had the misfortune of reading some of the press op-ed accounts of how and why Baylor was invited to join the Big XII in the mid-1990s after the dissolution of the Southwest Conference. Most of these narratives range from the misleading to the outright false.Fortunately, nearly four … [Read more...]

Statecraft, Soulcraft, and the Politics of Envy

That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing.  Here's how it begins: Suppose a politician suggests that increasing the sales tax on yachts and private jets from 8 percent to 25 percent will increase government revenues that will onlyaffect the wealthy (who can afford it). So with this increased revenue the government may provide financial assistance to other citizens, including college students, the poor, and public employees. Imagine that this policy is implemented but the p … [Read more...]

John O’Callaghan on the Harris-Craig Debate

(HT: Thomas Hibbs and Ronny Fritz).My friend, John O'Callaghan, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, offers in the Notre Dame Magazine a thoughtful analysis of the question posed to the participants in the Craig-Harris debate: "Is Good From God?" Writes O'Callaghan: On April 7, a sold-out audience in Notre Dame’s Leighton Concert Hall watched this year’s edition of “The God Debate.”Before a packed house, “New Atheist” Sam Harris and philosopher of religion Willi … [Read more...]

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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