May 8, 2023

The Navy tries the Bud Light strategy, a defense of writers, and a grab bag of links.

May 5, 2023

The U.S. has a two-party system, in which the 29% of Democrats and the 27% of Republicans choose what candidates run for office. But the 42% of Independents have no say on their electoral choices. No wonder our politics are so dysfunctional and out of synch. What are the alternatives?

May 5, 2023

Virtually everybody is complaining about social media.  Are you still on social media or have you sworn off?  Are you still using it the way you used to, or has your use changed?  How do you handle "friends," disinformation, censorship, virtual social pressure, and other problems?  Do you think social media is doomed, or can it be reformed?

May 4, 2023

A rabbi sees a reversion to paganism in contemporary thought and culture. He looks at three traits of paganism, how it deals with three issues: what to do about strangers, how to think about nature, and how to please the gods.

May 3, 2023

What have you accomplished in the last 11 weeks?  Luther took 11 weeks to translate the New Testament. In doing so, he influenced nearly all other vernacular translations, including the English Bible. An updated version of Luther's Bible has made the bestseller list in Germany and scholars still praise its literary qualities.

May 2, 2023

Christopher Smart was an 18th century poet who was locked up in an insane asylum, in part for his "religious mania" by the standards of the Enlightenment Age of Reason. But he composed innovative poetry on the theme "Let everything that breathes praise the Lord." That includes his cat Jeoffrey. (a free post) Read more

May 1, 2023

A new religious holiday, recruiting gamers into the military, and Johnny Rotten as model husband.

April 28, 2023

What does the federal bureaucracy have against religious liberty? A list of proposed regulations at various stages of approval that would seriously curtail religious freedom, including defining disapproval of LGBTQ+ ideology as sex discrimination and forcing health care professionals to perform abortions against their conscience.

April 28, 2023

Should the laws against religious discrimination prevent  employers from being able to terminate employees who refuse to work on Sundays or other holy days? 

April 27, 2023

Parents and civil rights activists concerned about declining reading ability are pointing out that scientific research has determined the best way to teach children to read. And yet the educational establishment is resisting "the science of reading" movement in favor of approaches that just don't work.

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