Mormons and Christians

In an editorial in the NY Times, a devout Mormon claims he is not, and has no interest in being, Christian because Christians are mean or stupid or something. (What? A religious commentary in the Times that tries to insult and diminish Christianity? Save that issue! I’m sure it will be a collector’s item one day.) Well, I certainly agree with More …

Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition

Justin Taylor highlights a new series of books on “Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition” and interviews editor David Dockery: Why do we need something like this?  We believe that this series is needed at this time to remind ourselves and to help others recognize the importance of serious thinking about God, Scripture, and the world.  We believe that Christians need More …

If Your House Gets Robbed, Blame Rob Bell

Studies show that crime is lower in societies that have a strong belief in hell. Go figure. The study, appearing in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS ONE, found that criminal activity is higher in societies where people’s religious beliefs contain a strong punitive component than in places where religious beliefs are more benevolent. A country where many more More …

"The Great Divorce" and Second Chances

At the Prosblogion, Keith DeRose tries to us C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce to divine (ha!) the author’s opinions about whether or not you get a second chance to get into heaven after death. To the extent that attitudes are softened at all toward FC [i.e., “further chances” to get into heaven after death], it seems to be largely through the More …

Supreme Court Strikes Down Arizona’s Attempt to Criminalize Illegal Immigration

Wait, wait… Go back and read that headline again. Let it sink in real good. That is something I actually heard a real, professional radio reporter say in describing today’s Supreme Court decision on Arizona’s immigration law. “Arizona’s attempt to criminalize illegal immigration.” My understanding of the law has gotten a little rusty ever since I stopped watching Law & More …

Godfather of Global Warming Sez: "Everybody Settle Down"

Even global warming supporters are getting tired of all the hysteria: Having observed that global temperatures since the turn of the millennium have not gone up in the way computer-based climate models predicted, Lovelock acknowledged, “the problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago.” Now, Lovelock has given a follow-up interview More …

The Problem with Product Recalls

Popular Mechanics explains why product recalls make us less safe. As you might expect, lawyers are involved: “What we’ve ended up with is a protection racket,” says Michael Krauss, a professor of law at George Mason University who specializes in product liability. “These lawyers are on a never-ending search for clients. Paying them off has become part of the cost More …

I Wonder Why Europe Can’t Get on Top of Those Economic Problems

Maybe because they can’t get anybody to show up to work: BRUSSELS — For most Europeans, almost nothing is more prized than their four to six weeks of guaranteed annual vacation leave. But it was not clear just how sacrosanct that time off was until Thursday, when Europe’s highest court ruled that workers who happened to get sick on vacation More …

The Place of Christianity in Fighting Poverty

Christianity Today features a compellingly counter-intuitive take on the efficacy of Christian charity. In the post, author Mark Galli begins by pointing out the dramatic recent reductions in global poverty, and then takes a look at the causes: Not large donations, microenterprise programs, or child sponsorship, but rather sheer economic growth, has effected this change. With massive populations, the two nations made More …

Today in News That Will Be Completely Ignored

The Southern Baptist Convention is about to elect its first black president. He must be quite a guy, considering he achieved this high post in spite of the recent trouble we’ve been having with another first black president. It’s a big deal, but since this news from the SBC doesn’t involve a heated argument over whether you could beat your More …

My Question for Bloomberg

For New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, and all the other progressive technocrats who want to regulate away any chance that the hoi polloi might harm (or enjoy) themselves, my question is this: If people can’t be trusted to make good decisions on everyday matters like how much Coke they should drink, then why should they be allowed to vote? If More …

The World’s Most Accurate Shoes

There’s been a minor kerfuffle over these new Adidas (when I try to spell it, I think back to 6th grade when my friend John pointed at his new Adidas-logo’d shirt and said, “All Day I Dream About Sex! Snort! Get it?!” Anyways…) shoes that you chain to your ankles with plastic leg irons (or leg plastics, I guess). Apparently, More …

What Happens When a Religious Philosopher Analyzes Mainstream Religious Journalism?

Answer: 1) There’s a lot of blood, and 2) You wonder why anybody pays any attention to mainstream religious journalism. The Secular Industrial Establishment’s publishing arm (whether through malice or wish-fulfillment) routinely displays headlines which make anti-religious assertions not backed up by the data. It is natural that we trust headlines pretty spontaneously. It is hard to estimate how much More …

Obama’s Win-Win Immigration Edict

You ever get that feeling that either you’re crazy or everybody else is? I get that feeling when I see analysis of Obama like this: We’re not creating enough jobs to keep up with population growth as it is.  With this new policy in place, Obama will introduce hundreds of thousands of suddenly-eligible workers into an economy with an 8.2% More …

Happy Father’s Day

On Mother’s Day I always post a video in honor of my mom, so I decided that, on Father’s Day, I need to put up a video that my dad would enjoy just as much. Happy Father’s Day from the Nairobi Trio:

Restraining the Supreme Court’s Restraint

And while we’re on the subject of the Supreme Court, George Will says that Romey, if elected, should appoint judges who appreciate restraint, but who show a little bit less of it: One hopes that Romney knows that on today’s court the leading advocate of judicial “restraint” is the liberal Breyer, who calls it “judicial modesty.” Contemporary liberalism regards government More …

Scalia on Interpreting the Law

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has a new book out on interpreting legal texts, which I would like to force every American judge to memorize like a fraternity pledge memorizing the names and majors of the upperclassmen, spanking them with a giant paddle when they recite it incorrectly. A new book co-authored by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and More …

Show of Hands: Who Thought Obama Couldn’t Get Any Worse?

Wrong! Now he’s not even pretending to care about the Constitution any more. John Yoo comments: Under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution, the president has the duty to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” This provision was included to make sure that the president could not simply choose, as the British King had, to cancel legislation More …

Why I Don’t Believe in Global Warming

Over at Alexandria, posters Karen and Turmarion have been asking questions about global warming. Specifically, they’re asking global warming “skeptics/deniers” to explain their position. They seem like they’re genuinely interested in generating discussion, and they have; there has been a lot of back-and-forth in the comments to their posts. But they’re asking for scientific explanations for skepticism, so the comment discussions More …

Bad Sports Rhetoric

A must-read for anyone who’s thinking of calling in to a sports talk radio show, Spencer Hall expounds on the foundations of bad sports rhetoric: “I respect your opinion*, but in my gut** I just doubt the man in crunch time,’ and other phrases like this are crucial operators here.  *Crucial non-deferent deference simultaneously cloaks your inability to counter-argue effectively More …