March 22, 2019

The New York Times has published a discussion of the anti-semitism of Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment philosophers (Kant, Voltaire, Hume, Hegel, Heidegger, etc.).  This manifested itself in an attempt to formulate a Christianity apart from the Bible. On one level, the piece, by philosophy professor Laurie Shrage, is an example of the acceptance of the ad hominem fallacy in contemporary academia:  discrediting arguments and ideas on the grounds that those who held them were bigoted or fell short of other 21st century… Read more

March 21, 2019

British author Will Jones has written a perceptive article on the difference between conservatives and progressives, pointing out that both sides are working from radically incompatible and opposing worldviews.  These are not just political ideologies.  Rather, they account for personalities, psychologies, and how people live.  Jones favors the conservative perspective and shows why Christians tend to also, but it’s a little more complicated once we factor sin into both equations. From Will Jones, Progressives vs conservatives: This is why we can’t… Read more

March 20, 2019

The college admissions scandal keeps growing.  The mastermind behind the cheating and bribery scheme says that he did the same sort of thing for 750 families.  It has also come out that it’s a common practice for wealthy families to buy extra time for their children to take the SAT test by purchasing phony diagnoses of Attention Deficit Disorder or other mental difficulties such as “anxiety.”  An audit showed that most of the students granted extra time to take the… Read more

March 19, 2019

  Those who keep up with me on this blog know that I’ve been doing some things with Scandinavian Christians.  In Finland a while back, I spoke at an apologetics conference about imagination and the arts, drawing on my recent book with Matt Ristuccia, Imagination Redeemed:  Glorifying God with a Neglected Part of Your Mind. (Also from that conference:  I met and was introduced to the work of Klaus Härö, a major award-winning Finnish filmmaker, who happens to be an evangelical,… Read more

March 18, 2019

Sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic Church–as well as other churches–is a horrible scandal.  That does not mean, however, that every clergyman accused of these crimes is guilty.  And the climate of outrage about these revelations can lend itself to false accusations, hoaxes, and a lynch mob mentality. A prominent conservative churchman, Cardinal George Pell, was accused of sexually assaulting two 13-year-old choir boys in 1996 when he was Archbishop of Melbourne in Australia.  He was recently tried, convicted,… Read more

March 15, 2019

Churches don’t talk much about Hell anymore.  The notion of a realm of eternal punishment is thought to put people off.  It seems unfair.  It’s out of synch with the view of an all-benevolent God.   And yet, research shows that though they don’t like to talk about it much, people today do believe in Hell.  And many of them–especially those who are not particularly religious–have “Hell anxiety.”  They are worried that they might go there! According to an article in… Read more

March 14, 2019

I’m in the D.C. area attending a board meeting of Patrick Henry College, where I used to teach.  A former colleague told me about an exhibit he saw at the new Museum of the Bible near the Smithsonians.  It displays one of the three surviving copies of The Slave Bible. Published in England in 1807, the Bible was intended to promote the conversion of African slaves throughout the British empire and the United States.  But it leaves out the account of… Read more

March 13, 2019

Authorities have indicted 50 people–including 33 wealthy parents–for a massive scheme of fraud in order to get their kids accepted into elite universities. Following the advice of a college exam tutorial company, the parents would do things like hire someone else to take the SAT for their child, bribe SAT proctors to change their answers, pay college coaches to claim the child is an athlete being recruited, bribing college officials, and on and on. The parents paid between $200,000 and… Read more

March 12, 2019

With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, people were saying that socialism had been “consigned to the dust bin of history.”  Free market capitalism and liberal democracy were so ascendant that people were talking about the “end of history,” in the sense that the wars and ideological conflicts that make up so much of history were over with. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics ceased to exist as of Christmas day, 1991.  But… Read more

March 11, 2019

This is tax season.  People will be preparing their income taxes for the first time under the 2017 tax cuts. Some early filers were outraged that their tax refunds are going to be lower than last year.  Social media was fired up with complaints that the Trump tax cuts were a fraud.  Forums sprung up like #GOPTaxScam. But nearly every American did receive a pretty substantial tax cut.  When the rates go down, the withholding from your paycheck also goes… Read more

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