Monthly Archives: April 2011

ACU President Replies to NYT’s Homosexuality Story

The president of Abilene Christian University has responded to the New York Times story on homosexuality at Christian colleges that I linked to last week. ACU was one of the schools mentioned in the Times article. Its refusal to allow … Continue reading

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Tornadoes and Tolstoy

It was a rough day here in Alabama yesterday with more than 150 people killed by tornadoes. Damages will no doubt run into the tens of millions. (My household fared better than many; we were on the extreme southern edge … Continue reading

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Scoffers Can Become Saints

For this Great Books Monday, I glanced over my spreadsheet to get a quick idea of how much ground we’ve covered so far in the reading program. Of the 1,600+ pages in the can, we’ve completed eight short stories, two … Continue reading

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Martyr Legend Receives Scientific Support

The legend of the 3rd-century Christian martyrs Chrysanthus and Daria has received some scientific corroboration. The UK’s Daily Mail is running a story about carbon dating and other scientific tests being performed on a pair of skeletons that were recently … Continue reading

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Diversity=Conformity? Christian Colleges and Homosexuality

It had to happen at some point: the New York Times has discovered the policies against homosexual conduct at Christian colleges and universities. The story is predictable . . . courageous gay and lesbian students struggling for the right to … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Beat Inflation Now

The writing is officially on the wall after the Standard & Poor’s bond rating agency downgraded the U.S. government’s credit outlook to “negative” yesterday. The stock market stumbled on the news, and we may get higher interest rates sooner rather … Continue reading

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Young People, You WILL Die, So Stop Pretending

Another Monday, another 100+ pages of Western civilization’s best in the books. What’s not to like? Here are the readings for the upcoming week: “The Legend of St. Julian the Hospitaller” by Gustave Flaubert (GGB Vol. 3, pp. 371-392) “Theseus” … Continue reading

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Chinese Church on Government Hitlist

Every now and then I like to remind folks that the most persecuted religion in the world is Christianity (yes, there is plenty of hard data to substantiate this claim). This week a story ran about the Chinese government first … Continue reading

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Here’s One Reason Americans Don’t Save Money

How much money did you save last year? I’m not talking about the advertiser’s definition of “saving,” where you spend $75 you normally wouldn’t have spent on something that lists at $100. When you do that, you’re still spending, not … Continue reading

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Charitable Giving Tax Deduction on the Chopping Block?

Since we’re all thinking about our taxes this week, check this out: yesterday the Research on Religion podcast put out another excellent episode, an interview with David Wills on religious charity and taxation. Wills is the president of the National … Continue reading

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