Having just come through Holiday Spending Extravaganza 2013, otherwise known as Christmas in America, and getting dizzy by the pronouncements of how many billions of dollars we spent—I can’t help but think about what an impulsive shopper I am. It’s that momentary thrill of the impulse purchase, the destroyer of budgets. It’s in my DNA It’s who I am and trust me when I tell you that I fight it every day of my life. Continue reading “Mary Hunt on Five Ways to Stop Impulsive Spending”
“How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” Though no evidence is found that this was an actual question asked during the medieval period, it has become a hallmark question to mock the scholasticism present in the Middle Ages. The idea is that while Constantinople was burning to the ground the Byzantine monks were consumed by this irrelevant question. There is, then, some level of danger associated with answering an inquiry in which the Bible seems to be unconcerned. Continue reading “Mike Leake on Do Angels Have Free Will Like Humans Do?”
The statistics are shocking, even devastating. In 1968, in the thick of the counterculture revolution and the heyday of “sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll,” there were 5,033 recorded deaths by drug overdose in America, amounting to 2.5 deaths per 100,000 people. In 2019, there were 70,630 recorded deaths by drug overdose, amounting to 21.6 deaths per 100,000 people. And according to the Fentanyl Fatalities website, fentanyl deaths have almost doubled since 2019, now accounting for more than 100,000 U.S. deaths per year. Continue reading “Michael Brown on Fentanyl is Killing Our Youth”
On the morning of July 16, 1945, in the heart of the New Mexico desert, the world entered the nuclear age.
For months, the scientists of the Manhattan Project had been working on a weapon of unparalleled capability, harnessing the power of the atom to unleash a colossal explosion. Now, at exactly 5.29am, they saw the results.
As a ball of blazing fire rose above the desert, wrote the project’s director, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the mood was ‘entirely solemn. We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent’.
As the fireball became a mushroom cloud, Oppenheimer thought of a line from the Hindu scriptures: ‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’
That was almost 80 years ago, and since then only two nuclear weapons have been used in anger. One was Little Boy, the atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, which killed at least 100,000 people. The other was Fat Man, dropped on Nagasaki three days later, which killed about another 80,000.
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I had the great privilege of attending the memorial service for former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., earlier this week.
Continue reading “Dr. Richard D. Land on Madeleine Albright: An American to remember and cherish”
Nothing compares to it. No aspect of American life is so explosive. No dispute so completely insoluble. Race, class, inequality: all the other issues tearing America in two can be set aside. Abortion trumps them all.
This struck me years ago when I was reporting on the campaign trail during the Obama election. I was talking to a group of Republican voters in rural Ohio. It was a sunny day. They had been complimenting me on my English accent. The mood was light.
But when I asked about Obama it darkened. He is ‘a murderer’ they said. He would kill babies.
They didn’t shout this, they just said it matter-of-factly. And they believed it.
Obama’s views on abortion were not particularly extreme: he upheld the constitutional right to an abortion in every state, but wanted fewer of them. Most Americans agree with that.
But plenty do not. And while the overwhelming majority of anti-abortion campaigners are peaceful, the language and the tactics of others in the movement have been anything but.
There have been murders. Beginning nearly 30 years ago when David Gunn, a gynaecologist who carried out abortions, was shot dead after a protest in which his face had appeared on wanted posters. Two receptionists in an abortion clinic in Massachusetts were killed in 1994.
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It seems unthinkable, but American leaders’ failure to think about it heightens the risk it will happen.
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The practice of foot binding, tightly wrapping the feet of young girls in order to reshape them and prevent them from growing too large, began sometime during the ninth or 10th century in China. Continue reading “John Stonestreet and Glenn Sunshine on How Christians Ended Foot Binding in China”