If only Obama had been Pope. . .

From First Thoughts

When I think about the story of man, I often shed a tear for the missed opportunities of history. What if the White Star Line had put in enough lifeboats? What if the driver for Archduke Franz Ferdinand had been more competent?Missed chances . . .and history went sadly wrong. What if, imagine it if . . . . Continue Reading »

Owls: We Have a Common Culture

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When stuck for content for a slow blogging week, cultural conservatives are apt to bemoan the loss of common culture. While it wasn’t much, there did seem to be something comforting about all of America huddled about a bleary black-and-white looking at I Love Lucy. Lucy stuffing chocolate in . . . . Continue Reading »

On Credit for Being Right

From First Thoughts

It is easy to get irritated when religious leaders follow instead of lead on the issues of our day.Christians are called to follow the Truth even if nobody else wants to go there.As lovers of Wisdom, we are called to follow the Logos where ever He leads us. No picking a politically correct cause . . . . Continue Reading »

On Beauty and the Beast

From First Thoughts

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is one of the greatest films of all time, but it severely distorts the fairy tale on which it is based. The film Beauty and the Beast has perverted the original story’s folk wisdom and its connection to reality. When I first went to see Beauty and the Beast, . . . . Continue Reading »

Pro-Life Action Needed

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Whatever you think of health care reform, Christians should unite on keeping federal money from paying for abortion. This is a bi-partisan effort. A Torrey Honors alum who works in Washington in an email:Sorry to bother all of you on a crisp autumn morning and sorry for themass email, but I need to . . . . Continue Reading »

The Strain of Being Benedict Arnold

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Did Benedict Arnold sell out the Revolution, because the strain of fighting a difficult cause?Evidently on MSNBC the first reaction to a gunman killing troops is to blame the fact that troops have to be troops. The strain of deployment, the job these men and women signed on to do, has pushed them . . . . Continue Reading »

Wonder Not Skepticism

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Socrates leaned forward and said, “You enquire for yourself.” My mentor looked at me and said nothing, but the message was clear and I have never forgotten it.*It is my duty as a man to inquire for myself.That is a lesson I still think is true, but I am sometimes asked how this is . . . . Continue Reading »