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Monday, August 14, 2017

DR. DAVID HOGSETTE: RELEVANCE OF THE 2009 MANHATTAN DECLARATION

The public square is a hostile environment of competing identity politics. However, not all identities are treated equally. Those adhering to Christian orthodoxy do not enjoy the same respect, dignity,…...

Thursday, August 10, 2017

DR. MARK HENDRICK: THE “SUMMER OF LOVE” - A HALF-CENTURY LATER

For the baby-boomer generation (or at least the counterculture segment within it) the summer of 1967 became known as The Summer of Love. Actually, most of us boomers never experienced…...

Monday, August 07, 2017

DR. PAUL KENGOR: RONALD REAGAN AND KAROL WOJTYLA - FREEDOM FIGHTERS 1976

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Stream.org. Cardinal Karol Wojtyła arrived in the United States for a six-week visit in the summer of 1976. The Polish cardinal came to…...

Thursday, August 03, 2017

DR. CALEB FULLER: PRUVACY AT WHAT PRICE?

In a tale of questionable historical validity, the British colonial government in early 20th century India found itself confronting a fearsome pest: cobras. Though natives had long since adjusted to…...

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

DR. JOSEPH HORTON: STATE’S GAMBLING GAMBIT - CREATING LOSERS

While Illinois, Connecticut, and New Jersey have been making national headlines for their respective budget fiascos, Pennsylvania has been under the radar with its own problems. The legislature has passed…...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

RICHARD KOCUR: THE LIFE OF CHARLIE GARD: WHOSE DECISION IS IT ANYWAY?

It’s every parent’s nightmare. Your child is suffering and you are powerless to do anything about it. In most cases you would exhaust all treatment options, consult leading specialists, and…...

Monday, July 24, 2017

DR. GARY WELTON: MY HUMAN IDENTITY TRANSCENDS GENDER

Adolescence was tough on me. I was a total geek, in an era before that was cool. I was a social misfit, totally uncomfortable in my high school setting. I…...

Saturday, July 22, 2017

DR. LISA L. HOSAK: BUILDING RESILIENT YOUNG PEOPLE

Many years ago, I overheard a coworker reflecting on parenting. She had 13 children—an astonishing 10 of them adopted. She said that the parent-child relationship was “everything.” She said that…...

Monday, July 17, 2017

DR. PAUL KENGOR: TRUMP’S EXCELLENT SPEEDH IN POLAND, ON POLAND

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator. Before I write this defense of Donald Trump in Poland, let me remind readers—from the right and…...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

DR. JOSEPH HORTON: LIFE IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR

The story of Charlie Gard is sparking outrage throughout the world. As the Wall Street Journal put it, the doctors who are caring for 11-month-old Charlie Gard “have won judges’…...

Monday, July 10, 2017

DR. JOHN SPARKS: THE PLAYGROUND FIGHT OVER RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Trinity Lutheran Church is a church in Columbia, Missouri that operates a Christian preschool and daycare center offering students a playground for recess and exercise during the school day. It…...

Monday, July 03, 2017

DR. GARY S. SMITH: THE FOUNDERS AND THE PRESIDENTS - A JULY 4 REFLECTION

It’s time to watch fireworks displays, sing patriotic songs, and ruminate about our country’s rich heritage and history. It’s time to celebrate America’s national birthday. As we do so, we…...

Thursday, June 22, 2017

DR. GARY S. SMITH: THE FAITH OF H.W. BUSH

George H. W. Bush recently celebrated his 93rd birthday. In four and half months, he is on course to surpass Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford as the former president who…...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

DR. MARK HENDRICK: REMEMBERING THREE GREAT ATHELETES

May was a poignant month for those of us who were avid Detroit sports fans in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. Three of our heroes passed on within two…...

Monday, June 19, 2017

DR. JOHN SPARKS: THE NEW CONSERVATIVE LEGAL MAINSTREAM

Senators Chuck Schumer and Patrick Leahy claimed that newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was not in the “legal mainstream.” They were referring to the “living Constitution” approach to…...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

DR. EARL TILFORD: A VISION FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE AND SECURITY

President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia and then to Israel as part of his first foreign trip is as historically significant as President Richard Nixon’s February 1972 visit to…...

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

DR, MARK HENDRICKSON: ZUCKERBERG’S CALL FOR A “UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME”

Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg’s Commencement speech at Harvard made a big splash. It was a warm-hearted, encouraging, interesting address, enriched by some endearing personal vignettes. It was also…...

Monday, June 05, 2017

DR. JAMES THRASHER: CALLING ALL UNEMPLOYED COLLEGE GRADS

Well, your college career has come to an end. You have walked the aisle, received your diploma, hung up the cap and gown, but have no job. You have cleared…...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

DR. MARVIN FOLKERTSMA: THE JOYS OF LIFE

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Ricochet.com. In an effort to squeegee politics out of my life for a long weekend, I recently attended several sporting…...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

DR. PAUL KENGOR: TWO PRESIDENTS AND TWO POPES

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Stream.org. Thirty-five years ago, on June 7, 1982, Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II met for the first time at the Vatican.…...

Monday, May 22, 2017

DR. L. JOHN VAN TIL: REVIEW OF ‘THE BENEDICT OPTION’

Rod Dreher’s new book “The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in A Post-Christian Nation” (Sentinel, 2017) is an account of how, he says, America’s “culture wars” have ended. He…...

Friday, May 12, 2017

DR. JOSHUA F. DRAKE: MUSICAL THEORY AND MUSICAL JUDGMENT - OPTIONAL AT HARVARD

The department of music at Harvard University recently revised its curriculum. Music theory and counterpoint—once the bedrock of the degree—are now optional. The reasons for this change by Harvard are…...

Monday, May 01, 2017

DANIEL L. DREISBACH: THE BOOK THAT MADE AMERICA

When asked to identify the “founding fathers,” Americans typically name a few prominent political leaders and military heroes—figures like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton. A more…...

Friday, April 28, 2017

DR. EARL TELFORD: NORTH KOREA REQUIRES RESOLVE AND CAUTION

In the cold reality of international relations, the boldness exhibited by President Donald Trump in his first 100 days is far preferable to the timidity of the past eight years…...

Friday, April 14, 2017

DR. GARY S. SMITH: THE LEGACY OF LENT: DON’T GIVE UP SOMETHING, DO SOMETHING

During Lent, the 46 days from Ash Wednesday to the day before Easter, many Christians focus on giving up or doing without something. Not eating a favorite food or drinking…...

Monday, April 10, 2017

DR. EARL TELFORD: STEALING THE MARCH

The ousting of Steve Bannon from the National Security Council (NSC) staff is part of a reorganization initiated by President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, Army Lt. General H.R. McMaster.…...

Monday, April 03, 2017

DR. GARY WELTON: THE POLITICAL CENTER IS (ALMOST) DEAD

Last month, while interviewing former senator Jim Webb, “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd labeled Webb “a rare and dying breed. A centrist and a moderate.” Todd also suggested that…...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

DR. PAUL KENGOR: NEIL GORSUCH ON LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE NATURAL LAW

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at National Catholic Register. In a stunning moment in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch, Senator Dianne Feinstein, a…...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

DR.MARK HENDRICKSON: MEDICINE THAT HURTS

The Republican-proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) that the House of Representatives is expected to vote on this Thursday has been called a bill that everybody dislikes for one reason…...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

DR. MARVIN FOLKERSMA: HOW TO MAKE AMERICA’S ELITES MORE RESPONSIBLE

Observing Hollywood’s posturing poseurs deliver their goods at the Oscars, as they ooze self-righteousness and narcissism, triggers a pesky thought that no doubt erupts in the minds of normal people.…...

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