He Died The Greater Hero

Here’s selections from a beautiful eulogy in the Washington Post authored by Ashley Halsey III and appropriately titled, ” A Heroic Death, Without the Headlines .” The hero is Captain Matthew Freeman, USMC, who was killed in action—leading from the front—in Afghanistan: . . . . Continue Reading »

Back-To-School Tip #1

How to Get an A+ on a Religion QuizNow, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “I can’t possibly do all these things! Which is more important: bringing home the textbook, or buying the peppermint-scented tissues?” And, “On a mulitple-choice test, the answer . . . . Continue Reading »

My Glenn Beck Conspiracy Theory

[caption id=”attachment_7287” align=”alignright” width=”150” caption=”The cover of Beck's latest book “] [/caption] The late film critic Pauline Kael is often quoted as having said, in the wake of Richard Nixon’s landslide victory in the . . . . Continue Reading »

Objectivism and Original Sin

I’ve been interested in the reaction to my review of Atlas Shrugged which Chris Blosser linked to here . First of all, it might be the only thing I’ve ever written that has united both right-wingers and left-wingers (and everybody in between). Clearly, almost everyone dislikes Ayn Rand. . . . . Continue Reading »

Newton and Bacon

My rabid pro-Leibniz partisanship notwithstanding, I have to give kudos to Thomas Levenson for his article on the faith of Isaac Newton over at Killing the Buddha. The article closes with a somber reminder: Hence the pathos, the danger that I think Newton himself glimpsed. There is a serious . . . . Continue Reading »

Pro-Taliban Feminists?

They’re back. The New York Times headline reads, ” American Antiwar Movement Plans an Autumn Campaign Against Policies on Afghanistan .” “A restive antiwar movement, largely dormant since the election of Barack Obama,” we are told, “is preparing a nationwide campaign . . . . Continue Reading »