Should Bob Dylan retire?, or Everybody must get old!

John Jurgeson at the Wall Street Journal says "yes." Here's an excerpt: Most alarming to listeners devoted to his seminal recordings: the state of Mr. Dylan's voice, decades on from its first signs of deterioration. Dr. Lee Akst, director of the Johns Hopkins Voice Center, says it's impossible to diagnose Mr. Dylan without an examination, but that rock singers are especially prone to scarring or other damage to the vocal cords. Such trauma can be cumulative, he says, compounding the risks for … [Read more...]

Big man Keith Olbermann goes after Bristol Palin

Keith Olbermann, a truly loathsome piece of work.  Writes Bristol Palin on her Facebook page:Mr. Olbermann--Sorry We Can't All Be As Perfect As You by Bristol Palin on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 2:11pm Recently, a left wing commentator named Keith Olbermann attacked me for being a spokesperson for abstinence education and for being an Ambassador for the Candies Foundation, which promotes teen pregnancy awareness and prevention education. He went so far as to call me "the worst person" he k … [Read more...]

The King James Bible and the World It Made, 1611-2011: a conference of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion

Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion is hosting a major conference April 7-9, 2011, The King James Bible and the World It Made, 1611-2011. Confirmed speakers include: Robert Alter (University of California, Berkeley), David Bebbington (University of Stirling), Philip Jenkins (Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion), Laura Knoppers (Penn State University), Alister E. McGrath (Kings College, London), Mark Noll (University of Notre Dame), Lamin Sanneh (Yale University), N.T. Wright (Unive … [Read more...]

Book Recommendation: Getting the Reformation Wrong: Correcting Some Misunderstandings by James R. Payton, Jr.

Published by InterVarsity Press, I picked this book up at the IVP book table 10 days ago while I was in Atlanta at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. It's a terrific read. The author is a Protestant historian who is a professor at Redeemer University College in Ontario, Canada. He offers a compelling  account of the Reformation, the history leading up to it, its chief architects, the Catholic Church's response, and the disputes and disagreements between the different … [Read more...]

Today I’ll be on Kresta in the Afternoon, 4 pm EST

Read about it here. I'll be talking about relativism, the topic of my 1998 book with Gregory P. Koukl, Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air. … [Read more...]

Thankfully, for America’s megachurches Christmas does not fall on a Sunday this year

Derek at Stand to Reason brought to his reader's attention this jaw-dropping 2005 New York TImes article, "When Christmas Falls on Sunday, Megachurches Take the Day Off."  Reminded me of that line in an old Keith Green song, "Jesus rose from the grave. And you, you can't even get out of bed." … [Read more...]

Today would have been William F. Buckley, Jr.’s 85th birthday

His work had a big impact on my life. Here is an excerpt from my book, Return to Rome, in which I discuss Bill Buckley's influence: Probably my most memorable encounter at UNLV occurred in 1996 and involved another Roman Catholic intellectual. The conservative writer and thinker, William F. Buckley Jr., was at UNLV for a debate with John Kenneth Galbraith, the economist with whom he debated numerous times. Mr. Buckley was the founder of the magazine National Review, to which I had subscribed duri … [Read more...]

The Conversion of Annie Witz

You can listen to her story here at Called to Communion.  She is interviewed by Tom Riello. Annie is a Catholic convert from the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Her father is on the board of Westminster Theological Seminary. … [Read more...]

Ground Zero mosque builders apply for 9/11 development grant

That's according to the Daily Beast. Regardless, the request takes gargantuan.... … [Read more...]

George Weigel on the Pope, the New York Times and condoms

George Weigel provides us with yet another example of why most "sophisticated" secularists are theological illiterates.  Read it here. … [Read more...]

Aquinas, Justification, and Evangelicals

I'm writing from the 62nd annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Atlanta, Georgia. This morning I presented one of the two papers I am slated to deliver at the meeting. The paper, "Doting Thomists: Evangelicals, Thomas Aquinas, and Justification," was well-received. The room, which fit about 100, was standing room only. I brought 50 copies of the paper, and they were snapped up quickly.What a delight it is to be here with so many of my Evangelical friends.  Because I have not … [Read more...]

Back at the Evangelical Theological Society: 17-19 November

I'm preparing to fly out to Atlanta, Georgia to participate in the 62nd annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (17-19 November). You can find the program for the meeting  here. I will be delivering two papers at the conference. I will also be participating in a lay conference sponsored by the Evangelical Philosophical Society on November 18-20, 2010 at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia. You can find about that here.Here's a little something about the two papers I … [Read more...]

Confessions of An Evangelical Catholic

St. Joseph's Communications has just released the CD, "Confessions of An Evangelical Catholic." It is an interview of me conducted by Terry Barber and Joshua Betancourt. Joshua is the co-author with Norman L. Geisler of  Is Rome the True Church?, a book in which he and Geisler critique a variety of Catholic beliefs about ecclesiology and papal authority.  Several months after the release of the book, Joshua announced his intention to seek full communion with the Catholic Church.  You can obtain t … [Read more...]

The Future

That is the title of my most recent column at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins:Things are going to slide, slide in all directions Won’t be nothing Nothing you can measure anymore The blizzard, the blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold and it has overturned the order of the soul…. – Leonard Cohen (“The Future,” 1992) These amazing lyrics by Leonard Cohen came to mind after my friend, Lydia McGrew, brought to my attention a court case in the United Kingdom. It concerns Eunice an … [Read more...]


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