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ReVision
Just about the time everyone in the West gets used to the idea that we are the products of mere evolution,
President Obama was pilloried by the conservative press over the weekend for two remarks he made concerning the proposed "mosque at ground zero."
You gotta admire NY Congressman Charlie Rangel.
A report in the August 7th issue of The Economist offers what could well be a glimpse into the future of the American Church."The void within" chronicles the sad state of the Roman Catholic Church in Europe. In desperate decline and plagued by sex scandals, the Church is losing ground…

Hip, Hip

August 9, 2010
Two cheers this morning for what some may regard as unlikely subjects.First, "60 Minutes." Last evening the CBS news magazine ran a report on His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholmeo, Patriarch of the Orthodox Church and shepherd of some 300 million Orthodox worldwide. The Patriarch ("call me Bartholomeo," he told the…

Great

August 6, 2010
Great. Just when you're feeling really good about practically owning the seas, the Chinese invent a missile that can knock out a super-carrier from 900 miles. Isn't this always the way it is? You get to feeling pretty good about being the top dog in this, that, or the other,…

Ethics

August 2, 2010
The situation with New York Congressman Charles Rangel serves to remind us of the sorry state of ethics in America today, and should lead us to question how we have arrived at this present morass.The Congressman is charged with 13 violations of House ethics rules - 13! - and for…
You'll pardon me, I hope, but I'm still feeling the after-effects of hearing Creflo Dollar insist, over and over again during his Sunday morning broadcast, that "It is not God's will that you should be sick" or something very near that.Let's see. Lazarus was sick. Paul had some kind of…
Imagine this: Suppose some eager lawmaker in Washington should introduce legislation on a pressing matter of public policy, prefacing his bill with the information that his proposed legislation is informed and guided by the Law of God. How do you suppose that would be received?On Monday of this week President…
A phrase in an interview with artist Karen Parker Lears jumped off the page at me the other day (The Hedgehog Review, Summer, 2010). Ms. Lears is an abstract artist whose latest work features a series of meditations designed to encourage reflection on suffering. Her work is rather too difficult…
It now seems certain that Solicitor General Elena Kagan will be confirmed as the newest member of the United States Supreme Court. In voting with the majority to pass her nomination out of committee, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham deferred to what he regarded as President Obama's ability to choose…
Suppose there existed in your family an inheritance of treasured possessions which defined who you were, celebrated what you stood for, featured the many and varied gifts and talents of your forebears, and was the envy of every other family. How would you try to protect that? Would you, for…
Susie and I watched the Paul Giamatti film, Cold Souls, last night. This is a powerful meditation on a subject not friendly to our materialistic age: What is the soul? In the film Giamatti plays himself, but he is struggling, because of personal angst, to master a part in a…
This was a weekend of endings, or near endings. It appears that BP will just about end the gusher in the Gulf by placing a new, 75-ton cap on the persistent well. Spain won the World Cup, 1-0, over The Netherlands. The barefoot burglar came to his end in the…
LeBron James, who for seven years has dazzled the NBA with his skills, yet without leading his Cleveland Cavaliers to an NBA title, will sign with the Miami Heat for probably a bazillion dollars.His motivation, as he put it, is to win multiple titles with his pals in Miami. One…

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