Category Archives: Current Events

Time-sensitive posts dealing with news items.

A Few Thoughts on the 2016 Election

Unlike many of my friends and colleagues, I made no predictions concerning the 2016 U.S. presidential election. I neither followed the campaign coverage very closely, watched the televised debates, nor tracked the polls. Thus I didn’t feel as though I had … Continue reading

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I Discuss Donald Trump at the Christian Century

One of my old college friends, who now helps edit the historians’ “Then and Now” blog at the Christian Century site, has talked me into writing a piece on Donald Trump and Super Tuesday. It went up this morning. The original draft … Continue reading

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One More Post about the Hobby Lobby Case (and Spinal Tap)

I tried. I really did. I resolved not to make a post about the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case. But in the end I couldn’t resist. Don’t judge. You’ve read umpteen posts about the decision, yet you … Continue reading

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Totalitarianism and the Rule of Law

Even though working at a small university like mine means I spend most of my time handling my course load, every now and then I get to Think Big Thoughts and discuss them with colleagues. One such occasion was on … Continue reading

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What Is Marriage?

Here’s how I see the arguments over marriage in our society taking shape. There are two questions up for debate: What is marriage? What role, if any, ought the State to play in recognizing, sponsoring, and/or supporting marriage? To keep … Continue reading

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Understanding the Supreme Court and DOMA

Given this blog’s theme, I feel compelled to post something on the Supreme Court’s striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this week. From what I’ve read, this decision does less than what a lot of people are … Continue reading

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How One Modern Economist Is Like St. Thomas Aquinas

No, it’s not by making dry and boring arguments, before anyone makes a smart-aleck comment. One of the most admirable things about St. Thomas Aquinas’s method of argumentation in the Summa Theologica is his insistence on giving his opponents their best … Continue reading

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Knowledge of Latin Enables Reporter to Scoop the Whole World

Those of us who advocate the study of Latin have an uphill battle. Too many people have no appreciation for what study of a “dead language” can do for them. This week one reporter’s knowledge of Latin enabled her to … Continue reading

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The World’s Most Persecuted Religion

During the Christmas season I usually take some time to reflect on the persecution Christians suffer around the world. Of course, Christianity has been for many years and remains the world’s most persecuted religion. For the American media, this story … Continue reading

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Is America Too Big?

As you know if you are a regular reader of this blog, I like to point out how elements of the classical and Christian traditions influence us today and offer possible guidance in addressing contemporary problems. A great example of … Continue reading

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