February 14, 2008

The Anchoress gives us a remarkable Lenten meditation that explains the significance of circumcision in the Old Testament, relates it to virginity, and brings it all together with the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Read more

February 14, 2008

I have been hanging in there with “American Idol,” even though it has failed to grab me this season.  The announcers keep hyping, breathlessly, that “this is the best talent ever!” but I have seen nothing to make me think so.  In fact, now that the show has winnowed the herd to the top 24, I was struck by how many I hadn’t even seen before!  (I think I missed one audition show, so maybe they were all on that…. Read more

February 13, 2008

That huge statue of Christ overlooking Rio De Janeiro (where our fellow Cranacher Frank Sonnek lives) was struck by lightning, the moment captured in a remarkable photograph.   Getting struck by a bolt of lightning is the primeval conception of  God’s judgment. In this image, Christ takes that judgment into Himself.   This, my friends, is a photograph of the Gospel. Read more

February 13, 2008

The government is set to try–finally!–the worst of the terrorists in Guantanamo and will seek the death penalty for six individuals, including the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. See this. I’d like to hear whether Senators Clinton and Obama will seek the death penalty against these guys. Do you really think they will be executed? Or will these trials by military tribunal end up putting America on trial before the world for Guantanamo, the war in Iraq, waterboarding, etc., etc.? Read more

February 13, 2008

Michelle Malkin  urges conservatives to get “fired up” for the election.  OK, there may not be a conservative-enough presidential candidate.  But she usefully reminds us that the presidency is not the only office at stake in this election.  In order to build up conservatism again, it will be necessary to elect a promising new generation of conservative congressmen, governors, and–perhaps most importantly in rebuilding the conservative infrastructure–local officials.She makes a good point.  We do tend to over-emphasize the presidency at the… Read more

February 13, 2008

The president of the venerable William & Mary College, Gene Nichol, has been forced out of office. He represented, to me, everything that was bad about higher education today (to which my own institution, Patrick Henry College, is a laudable alternative). President Nichol was the one who yanked the cross out of the college chapel, an example of that politically-correct “tolerance” of other religions that is, in fact, intolerance of Christianity. He also allowed on campus the traveling “Sex Worker’s Art… Read more

February 12, 2008

A thousand thanks to Paul McCain, who has started a whole blog in honor of Lucas Cranach’s Weimar altarpiece!  It is called A Painting That Preaches Christ.The first post is an enormously enlightening summary, filled with priceless quotations, about Luther’s defense of using art in church.  The site promises more and more resources exploring this masterpiece of the Reformation.  Read more

February 12, 2008

Back to the controversy over the Archbishop of Canterbury saying that England should accept at least a limited jurisdiction of Islamic law (sharia). . . . Some of you said that the Archbishop’s statement was misinterpreted and taken out of context, that it was more nuanced than the reports indicated and that it was not so bad.  We should read what he actually said.  Well,  Anne Applebaum did, and here is her conclusion:Arguing that his remarks were misunderstood, misinterpreted and taken… Read more

February 12, 2008

The Washington Post early morning edition yesterday hardly said anything about Mike Huckabee’s victories in Kansas and Louisiana.  I can’t help but think that the press would hype victories like that for another candidate, talking about new momentum, surges, and the like.  But finally the paper  takes notice.These victories came right after Romney dropped out, McCain made nice with the conservatives at their big convention, and the press anointed him as the nominee. Certainly, he has three times the number of… Read more

February 12, 2008

Here is a fascinating article on how some poor black families inCairo, IL, have converted to Judaism. Strangely missing, though, are interviews from the converts about why they did so. This is an example too of the clash between two views of religion: is it a matter of identity or belief? Most of these new Jews were formerly Baptists, who seem to be bringing that conversion mentality to a religion that is normally understood by its adherents as an ethnic… Read more

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