Reflections on the meaning of the Fourth of July

The media has recently gleefully reported a shocking lack of patriotism among members of America’s Millennial generation. Actually, the Millennials’ lack of patriotism should in no way come as a shock. Indeed, it is entirely surprising any of them show any degree of patriotism.

Blame for the Millennials’ lack of patriotism lies squarely at the . . . → Read More: Reflections on the meaning of the Fourth of July

Time to put the backwoods back into public education

More than any previous generation, we are told, Americans aged 18 and under are thoroughly detached from traditional Christian concepts. By and large they do not believe Jesus Christ is the unique savior of mankind. They do not read the Bible as God’s word. And they do not accept the idea of moral absolutes.

“Futurists” . . . → Read More: Time to put the backwoods back into public education

An effort to root out genius at Cambridge University

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The rivalry between Britain’s Oxford and Cambridge Universities is generally good-natured—but nonetheless real for all that. Members of Oxford’s faculty and student body, for example, habitually avoid referring to Cambridge directly by name. Instead, they call it “the other place.”

When Cambridge decided to start teaching engineering, the best part of a half-century ago, “Oxford . . . → Read More: An effort to root out genius at Cambridge University

Summers with matches, a ball of string & a slingshot

Summers were endlessly sunny when I was a boy—at least that’s the way I remember them. Actually, that’s arrant nonsense. I grew up in southern England where rain is virtually a permanent climatic condition. But I’ve probably wiped the rainy days from my memory because we boys always spent our summers outside.

I’m sure if . . . → Read More: Summers with matches, a ball of string & a slingshot

Marginalizing Christianity carries a very high price

“Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned …”

—W. B. Yeats, “The Second Coming”

Washington and the capitals of Europe are currently awash with scandals—both real and imagined. Revelations, for example, that the former . . . → Read More: Marginalizing Christianity carries a very high price

Miracles illustrate our place in God’s scheme

Many folks who consider themselves Christians profess to see little value in studying the Old Testament. “It’s just a collection of bloodthirsty, primitive legends,” a “progressive” friend once explained to me.

The same chap dismissed the miracles described in the scriptures for much the same reason. “I don’t need miracles to persuade me to believe . . . → Read More: Miracles illustrate our place in God’s scheme

An age eerily reminiscent of Germany in the 1930s

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As a parish priest I do not involve myself in politics. This parish prays for the nation’s president and our state’s governor personally by name, no matter the political party to which they belong.

If you happen to disagree with them politically, that’s all the more reason to ask God to guide them into the . . . → Read More: An age eerily reminiscent of Germany in the 1930s

Authority in the Church? It’s no longer the Bible

“How on earth did we get into this mess?” is a question frequently on the lips of people horrified with the seemingly never-ending shenanigans that afflict all of America’s mainline churches. Confusingly, perhaps, there is an abundance of answers on offer.

Some blame the problem on church leaders who refer to Jesus as “our mother.” . . . → Read More: Authority in the Church? It’s no longer the Bible

‘Brexit’ echoes the shot heard around the world

It’s odd that, amid the speculative blather from politicians and pundits surrounding Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, none of them seem to recognize the sentiments that prompted it are precisely the same as those that sparked the American Revolution.

Like the 13 American colonies in 1776, the British people are obligated to shoulder . . . → Read More: ‘Brexit’ echoes the shot heard around the world

Socialism is not entirely without its tiny triumphs

A friend—a trusting soul who tries to see the best in everybody—gently chided me last Sunday for being unwarrantably critical of socialism in general and the Soviet Union in particular.

“Can’t you think of anything good so say about the Soviet Union?” he asks. “Surely you have to admit socialism has had some successes.”

He’s . . . → Read More: Socialism is not entirely without its tiny triumphs