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We’re All Harry Blackmun Now

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Writing about the recent personhood amendment in Mississippi, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, says that when faced with the central logic of the pro-life movement many people “who considered themselves pro-life balked, blinked, and . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links - 11.17.11

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U.S. Efforts Make Progress Against Child Sex Abuse Washington Times , David Crary Church Music Wars Battle For Souls With Song USA Today , Cathy Lynn Grossman For Bernard of Clairvaux’s Bible Reading Program to Make Sense of the World Why I Am Catholic, Frank Weathers Report: Teen Birth Rate . . . . Continue Reading »

Conception to Birth Visualized

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Alexander Tsiaras is an artist and technologist who uses scientific visualization software to display human anatomy. In this talk from a recent TED conference, he shows the “mystery, magic, and divinity” of human development from conception to birth. If you want to see only the . . . . Continue Reading »

Cities Ain’t Especially Special

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Theologian Carl Trueman offers a useful corrective to the evangelical elites overemphasis on urban areas : One thing Paul and I did discuss was the current nonsense about cities being special which so dominates the popular evangelical imagination. Not that cities are not important: as areas where . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links - 11.17.11

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Child Sexual Abuse and the Supreme Court Public Discourse , Carson Holloway Broadcaster firing tests religious freedom, free speech National Post , Charles Lewis Benetton pulls ad featuring doctored photo of pope kissing imam CNN , Dan Gilgoff Catholic Church smooths way for disaffected . . . . Continue Reading »

How to Restore a Culture in One Easy Step

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In June I explained how to destroy a culture in five easy steps. On reflection I realize that I was making the issue more complicated than was necessary since the task can be completed in one simple step. As science fiction writer Ray Bradbury once said, “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” While this is certainly true, the genre of books that people stop reading matters considerably. In fact, one genre matters most of all … Continue Reading »

Billy Collins Action Poetry

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There is something about this late afternoon that made me think, “This is a good time for some Billy Collins action poetry.” So here is some Billy Collins action poetry: Forgetfulness The Country Walking Across the Atlantic You can find eight other videos here . . . . . Continue Reading »

All the Married Ladies

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In her recent cover story for the The Atlantic , All the Single Ladies , Kate Bolick  argues that since traditional marriage is on its way out, we ought to “embrace new ideas about marriage and family.” Rachel Motte reminds us that there is an alternative approach: Though I was deep . . . . Continue Reading »