Nationalized Education and the Culture

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As Congress moves to consider renewal of the main federal education law this summer, the administration has been working behind the scenes to incorporate language that would give the U.S. Department of Education centralized control over K-12 curriculum across the country , including a national test . . . . Continue Reading »

Reports on Ryan and Rand are Rong

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Last week , reading Donald Luskin’s Journal op-ed on Ayn Rand, I was deeply shocked and saddened by this sentence: Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) insists that all his staffers read “Atlas Shrugged.” Guess what? Turns out it’s not true! This morning, Ben Domenech - having seen the . . . . Continue Reading »

Rand and “Inalienable Rights”

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In today’s Journal , Donald Luskin defends Atlas Shrugged as “a plea for the most fundamental American ideal—the inalienable rights of the individual.” Where does one start? What are “rights” in a universe where there is no morality other than what can be derived . . . . Continue Reading »

Evangelicals and Natural Law, Con’t

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Responding to Matthew Anderson’s new CT article, Joe Knippenberg kicked off an interesting conversation on evangelicals and natural law. If you want to see a fair test case of evangelicals and Catholics working to figure out how to talk to each other about this, check out the comment thread. . . . . Continue Reading »

Is Truth in Labeling the Problem?

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Yesterday, Joe took a crack at the hot topic of the day, Rob Bell’s new book. Among other things, he quotes Al Mohler , praising Mohler’s willingness to “defend orthodox evangelical doctrines against the gooey New Age-ish mush that is creeping into our tradition.” Then he . . . . Continue Reading »

More on Evangelicals and Entitlements

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This morning Joe noticed Jordan’s excellent response to the new manifesto from some evangelicals who desperately want to be (or be seen to be) relevant to the debate about government spending and debt. Among the document’s many failings, there’s one in particular I want to call . . . . Continue Reading »