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Happy Reformation Day

October 31, 2013 by


It is time for a little “diversion” from politics and economics (partially anyway) to think for a moment about religion, in this case, the Christian religion and even more specifically, the Protestant religion.  For those who are not sure, this is not really Halloween Day.  Before Halloween this was Reformation Day.  It was on October […]

Conflicting visions of the American Dream. Does Jesus like either of them?

October 31, 2013 by


Much of our current political polarization is explainable by the conflicting visions underlying each side; visions that Thomas Sowell suggests reflect a basic understanding of the way the world works.  In  many cases, people with similar values will nevertheless disagree with each other because they view the world differently.  Yet there are also questions of […]

A Ringside Seat at “The Hearing”

October 30, 2013 by


After two hours at the House Subcommittee hearing October 30 on the Obamacare rollout, I asked myself why I had come.  After three and a half hours I knew.  There were three things to be learned.  One:  Politicians of all stripes certainly do like to hear themselves talk, and especially, today, Democrats who had little […]

“Unintended” Consequences? President Obama Misleads Americans on Healthcare

October 30, 2013 by


My Berean brother, Dr. Haymond, rightly criticized President Obama’s leadership in the Affordable Care Act’s less than optimal rollout. But as he acknowledges in the comments section of the post, things seem to have taken a darker turn. NBC News, not exactly a fountain of right-wing mouth-froth, is now reporting that President Obama’s Administration was aware, […]

Doing Justice to Justice: The Top Ten (er, Eleven) Books on Justice

October 29, 2013 by


It is always difficult to compile a “top ten” list of anything.  But the concept of justice is especially difficult.  Besides the usual problem of my own bias, there is also the potential for misunderstanding why something is on a list and something else omitted.  So let me briefly explain.  First I am putting this […]

Quote for the Day

October 29, 2013 by


I came across this quote from a letter written by William F. Buckley, Jr. to Henry Kissinger on the subject of utopian ideas and utopian dreamers, many of whom reside right here in Washington, DC.  “We must do what we can to bring hammer blows against the bell jar that protects the dreamers from reality.” […]

Evangelicals & Immigration

October 28, 2013 by


While the 1970s and 80s were decades of growing evangelical unity, the 2000s have thus far been marked by the movement’s fractures. While it is too simplistic to say we have new evangelical diversity, we do have energetic evangelical movements on both the right and the left. There is much that distinguishes the two groups […]