Category Archives: Miscellaneous

You can’t change anything from your living room

A Christian apologist and an atheist thrive in an improbable bond

Want to be radical? Invite a conservative to your college

The Rapture keeps coming back

Lazy cultural engagement: Can we stop proof-texting culture?

The problem of neutral rhetoric

Will someone explain Christianity to The New York Times?

The lost art of political persuasion

27,000 churches participate in national ‘Get Back to Church Sunday’ event

Is it still atheism?

What’s the problem with texting? Studies show that texting does not harm grammar and spelling

Jewish praise of Truett Cathy: Chick-fil-A founder and Sabbath observer

Why can’t men be friends?

Christian Right not responsible for people leaving church, study finds

These lucky parents get to control their kids’ state education money

Regarded as ‘intolerant haters’: What’s new?

The mental virtues

    The New York Times: We all know what makes for good character in soldiers. We’ve seen the movies about heroes who display courage, loyalty and coolness under fire. But what about somebody who sits in front of a keyboard all day? Is it possible to display and cultivate character if you are just an information age office jockey, alone with a memo or your computer?


  • Posted: 09/03/2014
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Give us this day our daily brew

What the Emmy Awards could learn from ‘Full House’

    The Federalist: That is, in a sea of social liberalism dripping off televisions screens into Americans’ homes, how can Americans reclaim a strong sense of faith, fidelity, and family in pop culture? Where can we locate socially conservative principles—which used to be American principles, supported across ideological lines—in a deluge of cultural relativism?


  • Posted: 08/26/2014
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  • Source: thefederalist.com

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“The Giver”: A new kind of dystopian young adult film

The cruel optimism of modern compassion

    The Federalist: St. Augustine called it cruel optimism: our desire to comfort ourselves with silver-lined happy thoughts about life. Francis Spufford had an excellent description of it in his book, “Unapologetic.” A few years ago, atheist organizations in the United Kingdom ran a bus advertisement campaign. The atheist bus read: “There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”


  • Posted: 08/18/2014
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  • Source: thefederalist.com

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More on tweeting without tenure

Tweeting without tenure

Contemporary Christian music’s sinking witness

    The Christian Post: Others have noted the “Jesus-is-your-boyfriend” style worship songs clogging the airwaves of contemporary Christian radio and Sunday morning worship sets lack depth and reverence to the Almighty. They’re right. But there’s an even bigger problem when contemporary Christian songs downplay, even scold Christian’s public witness for the sake of couch-potato Christianity.


  • Posted: 08/08/2014
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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Moral feelings and the moral world

Law and morality in public discourse: How Christians can rebuild our culture

    Public Discourse: It’s in seeking Jesus Christ with all our hearts that culture is built and society is renewed. It’s in prayer, the sacraments, changing diapers, balancing budgets, preaching homilies, loving a spouse, forgiving and seeking forgiveness—all in the spirit of charity—that, brick by brick, we bring about the kingdom of God. Adapted from an address delivered August 6th at the Archdiocese of Toronto’s “Faith in the Public Square” symposium.


  • Posted: 08/07/2014
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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Why aren’t more Americans atheists?

What atheists have to offer the right

Why do secularists hate kids’ imaginations?

    The Federalist: Churchgoing kids thought the “religious” (Biblical) stories sounded realistic, while secular kids called them fiction. Perhaps most interesting were the reactions to “fantastical” stories. The secular kids roundly rejected these as fiction, while religious kids were less sure. Is magic possible? How about talking animals? Religious kids were divided on those points.


  • Posted: 08/01/2014
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  • Source: thefederalist.com

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Learning from young atheists: What turned them off Christianity

Did a study really show that Christian kids are more gullible?

World Vision under internal reformation after support of homosexuality?

Friends don’t let friends read Dana Milbank

The truth about Post-Christian America

    The Christian Post: But fear not, dear Christian. Like an athlete out of shape in the off-season layoff, it may take awhile for American Christians to awaken from our ‘most-favored-religion-status’ we have come to assume in this great country of ours, but I believe we’re up to the task. We’re not the first Christians to live ‘behind enemy lines’ nor will we be the last.


  • Posted: 05/27/2014
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Is the internet killing religion?

The Narcissistic Creed

Why liberals think conservatives are racists

Why Donald Sterling is not Brendan Eich

University of Hawaii students prevented from distributing copies of U.S. Constitution

‘Humanism’ now recognized as religious preference by the U.S. Army

Can (and should) there be a compromise on the Pledge of Allegiance?

Kickstarter prohibits another pro-life film project

Yale to open on-campus ministry center, will host Bible studies and prayer meetings

When we are the ‘Moral Minority’, press on

The Founding Fathers are no longer viewed as great

Rhode Island to sponsor Day of Reason, coinciding with Day of Prayer

#SaySomethingLiberalIn4Words: Twitter trend is sometimes aggressive, sometimes humorous

    AL.com: “It’s a long hashtag, but both sides of the political spectrum are hashing it out (you know you love puns) on Twitter with “say something liberal in four words” as their challenge.

    Sarcasm, head-shakers and memes abound, representing the political divisiveness of America in 140 characters or less.”


  • Posted: 04/21/2014
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The closing of the academic mind

    M.G. Oprea at The Federalist: “Unfortunately, this is already a reality in most universities across America, where academics and university administrators alike are trying, often successfully, to discredit and prohibit certain ideas and ways of thinking. Particularly in the humanities, many ideas are no longer considered legitimate, and debate over them is de facto non-existent. In order to delegitimize researchers who are out of line, academics brand them with one of several terms that have emerged from social science theory.”


  • Posted: 04/21/2014
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  • Source: thefederalist.com

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Ed West: Is moral change speeding up?

    Ed West at The Spectator: “Morality in my lifetime has changed a great deal. In The Blank Slate Steven Pinker points to a large list of issues where public opinion has altered; some we’ve become more tolerant of, some more censorious. Consider things like drink driving or smoking around children, and how our perception has changed. Religion puts a break on such change, perhaps in the same way that printing and literacy does – by allowing a code by which everyone can communicate rather than developing their own subcultures. But with European Christianity in steady decline these past few decades, a common moral language has gone too.”


  • Posted: 04/17/2014
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  • Source: blogs.spectator.co.uk

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NRO interviews historian Rodney Stark: God and Man and Moderns

    National Review Online: “The fundamental advantage was belief in the Judeo-Christian God: a conscious, rational being who created a rational universe that runs according to rational principles that can be discovered and comprehended by human beings. From this came two vital features that separated the West from the rest: faith in reason and faith in progress. As a result, Westerners developed science, because they alone believed it to be possible, and for the same reason they devoted immense efforts to progress, because they assumed everything could be improved. In contrast, both China and the Ottoman Empire not only assumed that the present was inferior to the past, but they often actually hindered progress: Both outlawed mechanical clocks.”


  • Posted: 04/17/2014
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Lambda Legal sues Ill. doctor and clinic for denying hormone therapy to transgender woman

Religious but not Mormon? The church-owned Deseret News considers you a growth market

    Nieman Journalism Lab: “Fifty-six percent of Americans are ‘Like-Minded Believers, who value faith, family, caring for others, and share a concern for the decline in moral values,’ according to an internal Deseret Media Companies study. That’s the audience Deseret News is aiming to capitalize on with its expansion of coverage. Gilbert said Deseret’s coverage, both local and national, is built on six tenets that it says matter to that readership — family, faith, education, care for the poor, values in media, and financial responsibility.”


  • Posted: 04/16/2014
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  • Source: www.niemanlab.org

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MI: Bay County Board passes “LGBT nondiscrimination personnel policy changes”

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter Prayer Breakfast with invocation

Harvey Milk stamp to be dedicated at White House May 22nd

    U.S. Postal Service press release: “Harvey Milk was a visionary leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S. when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Milk’s achievements gave hope and confidence to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination. Milk believed that government should represent all citizens, ensuring equality and providing needed services.”


  • Posted: 04/14/2014
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  • Source: about.usps.com

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Remarks by the President at Easter Prayer Breakfast

    “So this Easter Week, of course we recognize that there’s a lot of pain and a lot of sin and a lot of tragedy in this world, but we’re also overwhelmed by the grace of an awesome God. We’re reminded how He loves us, so deeply, that He gave his only begotten Son so that we might live through Him. And in these Holy Days, we recall all that Jesus endured for us — the scorn of the crowds and the pain of the crucifixion, in our Christian religious tradition we celebrate the glory of the Resurrection — all so that we might be forgiven of our sins and granted everlasting life. ”


  • Posted: 04/14/2014
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  • Source: www.whitehouse.gov

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Statement from the President on Passover

Watchdog finds IRS employees promoted Obama in 2012

“Judge OKs transgender inmate’s hormone treatments”

The Left has its own law factories

Jim Geraghty: The Progressive Aristocracy and their separate set of rules

    Jim Geraghty at National Review: “What kind of a country do you get when political leaders are driven by a desire to feel that they are more enlightened, noble, tolerant, wise, sensitive, conscious, and smart than most other people? The evidence before us suggests progressives’ ideal society would be one where they enjoy great power to regulate the lives of others and impose restrictions and limitations they themselves would never accept in their own lives. Very few people object to an aristocracy with special rights and privileges as long as they’re in it.”


  • Posted: 04/02/2014
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President Obama to military brass in 2010: Back DADT repeal or resign

“DOJ trains cops to work with transgender people”

Ross Douthat: “The Christian Penumbra”

    Ross Douthat in the New York Times: “The social goods associated with faith flow almost exclusively from religious participation, not from affiliation or nominal belief. And where practice ceases or diminishes, in what you might call America’s ‘Christian penumbra,’ the remaining residue of religion can be socially damaging instead.”


  • Posted: 03/31/2014
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Deroy Murdock: “Gay by genes or by choice?”

GOP donors back Adelson on online gambling

    Associated Press: “Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Nikki Haley of South Carolina have submitted letters in recent days to congressional leaders stating that gambling in the virtual world compromises the ability of states to control gambling within their borders. Weeks earlier, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana wrote that he would do everything he could to stop Internet gambling from spreading in his state.”


  • Posted: 03/28/2014
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Andrew Walker: World Vision and Biblical witness

    Andrew Walker at First Things: “Of all the back-and-forth that came from the World Vision imbroglio this week, there’s at least one other reason to be encouraged about their reversing course, aside from their board taking the necessary steps to correct a gravely wrong error. World Vision says something about evangelical identity. . . . Leaving aside the (valid) criticisms of para-church ministry structure and its lack of ecclesiological grounding, World Vision’s decision to reverse course from a patently unbiblical and patently unhistorical position, demonstrates that evangelicalism has boundary markers.”


  • Posted: 03/27/2014
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Michael Brendan Dougherty: The religious roots of the elite liberal agenda

    Michael Brendan Dougherty at The Week: “This ‘class’ that has outsized influence on America’s moral and spiritual life is roughly the same class that has always had it: Mainline Protestants, only now without the doctrinal Protestantism or the churchgoing. . . . The post-Protestants Bottum identifies have just that, ‘a social gospel, without the gospel. For all of them, the sole proof of redemption is the holding of a proper sense of social ills. The only available confidence about their salvation, as something superadded to experience, is the self-esteem that comes with feeling they oppose the social evils of bigotry and power and the groupthink of the mob.’”


  • Posted: 03/27/2014
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  • Source: theweek.com

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NYT reporter: Obama administration “greatest enemy of press freedom” in a generation

    Daily Caller: “New York Times reporter James Risen called the Obama administration ‘the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation’ on Friday, explaining that the White House seeks to control the flow of information and those that refuse to play along ‘will be punished.’”


  • Posted: 03/24/2014
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  • Source: dailycaller.com

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Pete Spiliakos: When dissent is equated with violence

John Hayward: The one-sided call to disarm in the culture wars

    John Hayward at The Federalist: “If there’s a call to disarm in the culture wars, it’s entirely one-sided. Newt Gingrich ran into trouble, early in his 2012 presidential run, by remarking that he wanted to avoid ‘right-wing social engineering.’ The left wing loudly and proudly engages in social engineering every single day. . . . There’s a much deeper understanding on the Left about the way government power changes society. . . . When the government grows to its current size, everything is a social issue.”


  • Posted: 03/20/2014
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: thefederalist.com

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Arkansas: “School superintendent defends decision to censor gay student’s profile”

Ross Kaminsky: Why liberals attempt to silence honest debate

    Ross Kaminsky at The Federalist: “The breadth and depth of suppression of dissent by ‘liberals’ throughout our most important institutions makes clear that this is not a tactic occasionally implemented by a loose cannon or ‘rogue employee in Cincinnati.’ Instead, it is a determined strategy of the entire political left, implying recognition of the inherent weakness and unpopularity of their philosophy and their policies, and the distances they are willing to go to impose both on an unwilling populace.”


  • Posted: 03/19/2014
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: thefederalist.com

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14 charged in online child exploitation network

David P. Goldman: The rise of secular religion