To You Belong All the Nations

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Although the biblical Psalms are a product of the old covenant, for centuries the Christian Church has sought and found Jesus Christ in its historic song book. A number of Psalms have been designated messianic in character, including Psalms 2, 22, 30, 69, 72, 110, and 118. This is due either to . . . . Continue Reading »

Justice Versus Justice

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In Plato’s Republic , Socrates’ conversation with his friends over the nature of justice takes a startling turn when Thrasymachus drops a bombshell. It is more profitable, he argues, for people to be unjust than just, if they can manage to get away with it without incurring a bad . . . . Continue Reading »

The Perils of Taking Sides

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In Malcolm Magee’s fascinating book on Woodrow Wilson’s “faith-based foreign policy,” What the World Should Be , the author notes that, in the two major conflicts during Wilson’s administration, the president took sides largely out of a desire to divide the world into . . . . Continue Reading »

Bad People and Private Schools

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Allison Benedikt could perhaps stand to take a few lessons from Mark Twain or Will Rogers, because her obviously satirical article in Slate has elicited a number of angry responses from readers who have taken her seriously. Here’s the article at issue: ” If You Send Your Kid to Private . . . . Continue Reading »