Nov 30 2009

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Along with attacks on Christianity that are timed to coincide with Easter and Christmas, we must also endure attacks on love in February, just in time for Valentine’s Day. As a dense, clumsy male, February 14th is not a day on which I tend to excel. Frankly, it is hard being romantic and a curmudgeon at the same time. Knowing that Valentine’s Day is largely a creation of the greeting card industry does nothing to curtail my curmudgeonly inclinations.

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Jul 1 2009

A Strange Land

Although we often associate Medieval Europe with feudalism, there were pockets of republicanism on the margins and in the mountains. These communities retained some independence from the empires that encroached upon their lands. A classic case in point is Switzerland. In 1291, representatives from three republics assembled on the field of Rutli to sign a covenant uniting them against Austrian imperial control. Other city states and regions joined the Swiss Confederation over the ensuing centuries.

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Nov 13 2008

Cracking the Code

Nicholas Kristof is ready to “step away from the anti-intellectualism that has long been a strain in American life.”[1] With a profound sense of relief, Kristof welcomes Obama as the first “open, out-of-the-closet, practicing intellectual” to occupy the Whitehouse since John F. Kennedy.
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Dec 10 2007

God in the Movies

It is rare for me to comment on movies I have never seen. It is rarer still for me to mention a movie, and then warn readers away, otherwise I’d be writing negative articles all day long. After all, Hollywood insists on churning out a product that is either unsuitable for Christian eyes and ears, or simply not worth our entertainment dollars. Rare exceptions in the last few years have included silver-screen adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. Tolkien and Lewis standout because of their profound commitment to a theistic world view (although not to New Testament Christianity as such). Continue reading

Mar 8 2007

Tomb "Documentary" Buries the Truth

Pastel-colored decorations are on sale at the local mega store. Burger joints are promoting strange fish concoctions. What can this possibly mean? Well, yes, we’ll soon be enjoying cream-filled Easter eggs, but it also means some TV channel will run yet another “documentary” trashing the central tenet of Christian faith. Isn’t it funny how we never see a show criticizing the Qur’an during the “holy” month of Ramadan? Hmmm…
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