Sandy Hook, Huckabee, and the Inscrutability of Evil

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That's the title of my recent entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: “How could God let this happen?” That was the question asked of the former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee, by Fox News host Neil Cavuto in an interview following the horrific slaughter of innocent school children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister, replied: "We ask why there’s violence in the schools, but we’ve systematically removed … [Read more...]

Strengthen the Things That Remain (Thoughts on Chick-Fil-A and Religious Liberty)

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"Strengthen the Things That Remain" is the title of my most recent entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: "Counterfeit philosophies have polluted all of your thoughts Karl Marx has got ya by the throat, Henry Kissinger’s got you tied up in knots When you gonna wake up, when you gonna wake up When you gonna wake up and strengthen the things that remain?" -Bob Dylan  (“When You Gonna Wake Up?,” 1979) Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee dubbed Wednesday August 1, … [Read more...]

Alvin Plantinga and Nicholas Wolterstorff On the Conduct of the Christian Philosopher

Very wise words by two giants in Christian philosophy: (HT: Evangelical Philosophical Society blog). The interviewer is the remarkably talented philosopher, Tom Crisp, of Biola University … [Read more...]

Al Mohler’s Interview of Ross Douthat

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Al Mohler's interview of Ross Douthat is tremendous. The occasion of the interview is the release of Douthat's new book, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics. Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, does a masterful job of interviewing Douthat, a New York Times columnist. You can listen to the 55-minute interview here. I could have listened for another hour. … [Read more...]

Celebrating Chuck Colson: “Like I Am.”

(HT: Greg Koukl) This was produced by the Acton Institute. … [Read more...]

When the Saint Goes Swearing: Mormonism and the Romney Candidacy

In 2007, I published an article at First Thing's On the Square, "When the Saint Goes Swearing In." It was a review essay of Hugh Hewitt's 2007 book, A Mormon in the White House? Given the scuttlebutt over comments made by the gentleman who introduced Governor Rick Perry at the Value Values Summit last year, the Rev. Robert Jeffress (Pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas), as well as the strange stuff emanating from MSNBC,  my First Things review essay has become relevant again. Here's an … [Read more...]

The Christian University

That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. It is adapted from my September 23, 2011 talk at the installation of Myron Steeves as Dean of Trinity Law School. Here's how it begins: As is evident by where and how we mark this event – in a church, accompanied by prayer and song – Trinity Law School, and the university of which it is a part, is Christian. “Christian” may seem a mere adjective that modifies “university” or “law school” in the same way that … [Read more...]

The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture

That is the title of a new book by Notre Dame sociologist, Christian Smith. I received my copy of it yesterday, and I cannot put it down. (Readers of Return to Rome may recall that in June I blogged about Professor Smith's other recent book, How to Go From Being a Good Evangelical to a Committed Catholic in Ninety-Five Difficult Steps (Cascade Books 2011). My endorsement of the book is on its back cover). Unsurprisingly, The Bible Made Impossible is causing quite a stir on the internet. Over at … [Read more...]

Mormonism and Natural Law

That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: With the increasing likelihood that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee for President, it is important for Catholics and other Christians to reflect on some concerns raised by Damon Linker in a 2007 New Republic article. Linker argues that Mormon theology does not have important resources that traditional Christians have at their disposal, such as natural-law theory. Although LDS writings say little … [Read more...]

Fr. Barron comments on why so many atheists are on the CNN Belief Blog

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