March 29, 2019

The European Union has passed a new copyright law that has the potential to fundamentally change–if not eliminate–the internet as we have known it. Article 11 of the EU Copyright Directive targets the big news aggregators like Google News and The Drudge Report.  It would require them to pay the sources they link to.  The law imposes what is being called a “snippet tax” for excerpting copyrighted material and even  a “link tax” for linking to it.  The fees are not… Read more

March 28, 2019

The old Farmers and Merchants Bank building in Boley, Oklahoma, is being restored, thanks to a grant from the National Park Service.  The building had been put on the National Registry of Historic Places not only because it was the first black-owned bank but also because of the way the community of Boley–thanks to the Second Amendment–thwarted its robbery and helped bring down Pretty Boy Floyd. Boley, located between Oklahoma City and Muskogee, was founded by Creek Freedmen; that is,… Read more

March 27, 2019

My daughter Mary Moerbe, at her blog Meet, Write, and Salutary,  alerted me to a remarkable and potentially invaluable web resource:  A Collection of Prayers:  Christian Prayers, Ancient and Modern. It’s a collection of some 1200 prayers, from every century and a wide range of Christian traditions.  They are all in the public domain.  They are suitable for private devotion and for public worship.  (Pastors busy preparing for all of the worship services you have to plan for Lent and… Read more

March 26, 2019

Contrary to the common impression, it turns out that the percentage of evangelicals in America is not declining after all.  That’s the findings of the General Social Survey, considered the most reliable of ongoing polls. Yes, the number of “Nones” is also growing.  There is now about the same number of “Nones” as there is evangelicals, nearly one-quarter of Americans each.  But the “Nones” draw from a number of different groups–not evangelicals, as such–and often someone who is a “None”… Read more

March 25, 2019

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of whether or not President Trump colluded with the Russians to get elected and obstructed justice to cover it up has hung over the Trump presidency for most of his two years in office.  Now Mueller has turned in his findings.  And they are good news for the president. The summary released by Attorney General William Barr quotes the report:  “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the… Read more

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

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