James Corbett “Taught Us How To Think”

James Corbett “Taught Us How To Think”

He Made Us Think He’s all about opening people’s minds. I don’t agree with everything he says, but that’s not the point. Can you tolerate someone saying something that you don’t agree with? Can you have a fiery debate about ideas? It scares me that that’s not acceptable. These were some of the views expressed yesterday at a demonstration in support of James Corbett, an Orange County, CA history teacher who is being sued for persistently denigrating the Christian religion…

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Princeton “Attack” Was a Hoax

Princeton “Attack” Was a Hoax

The reported attack on a conservative Princeton student was a hoax. The student, Francisco Nava, has confessed to inflicting the injuries on himself, culminating a series of deceptions–as even friends and sympathizers had been beginning to suspect. Deception doesn’t help Christian belief, or principles associated with it, to grow. Technorati Tags: Princeton

Broader Education, Fewer Basic Errors (?)

Broader Education, Fewer Basic Errors (?)

Also relevant to a recent post: If some scientists or (or science journalists) were more broadly educated, they would hardly be able to make a mistake as basic as this one, analyzed today by Paul at Exiled from Groggs. Or maybe they would say the same thing anyway, given their antipathy to Intelligent Design. If, however, the rest of us were more broadly educated–knowing, say, what evolution actually teaches, what ID actually proposes, and how to analyze an argument–they would…

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“Hot Books”

“Hot Books”

Relevant to a recent post: David Mills wrote in the September 2007 Touchstone (not available online at this point), Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is a book often invoked by the anti-censorship crowd, although, as John MIller pointed out in the Wall Street Journal, The censorship Mr. Bradbury describes was not imposed from the top by a ruthless government. Rather, it seeped up from the indifferent masses. As a villain explains: “School is shortened, discipline relaxed, philosophies, histories, languages dropped, English…

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One Root of Our Problems; No, Two Roots

One Root of Our Problems; No, Two Roots

John Brockman, Publisher and Editor of the influential science-oriented website Edge, wrote this week: What I wrote in 1991 in “The Emerging Third Culture”, still pertains today: A 1950s education in Freud, Marx, and modernism is not a sufficient qualification for a thinking person in the 1990s. Indeed, the traditional American intellectuals are, in a sense, increasingly reactionary, and quite often proudly (and perversely) ignorant of many of the truly significant intellectual accomplishments of our time. Their culture, which dismisses…

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Paul’s Ponderings

Paul’s Ponderings

From Paul’s Ponderings, a reminder for me of why we have discussions like we do here. It’s not for the sake of argument but for the sake of life; and it’s not because Christians are smarter of better than anyone else but because we have discovered hope and want to share it. Paul says regarding our hope: The reason we can look forward to the wonderful event of Jesus’ return isn’t because of the righteous life we have lived, but…

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Can You Become a Better Person?

Can You Become a Better Person?

(Update 12/31/07: This blog entry presents a philosophical position on ethics. If you landed here because you desire really to become a better person, I suggest you try this blog entry instead.) Is it possible to become a better person: more moral, more ethical? Undoubtedly yes, if we know what “a better person” means. I believe we can make a credible case, however, that under moral relativism it doesn’t actually have a usable definition. That’s not to say (not at…

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Death Threats and a Student Assaulted at Princeton (Maybe)

Death Threats and a Student Assaulted at Princeton (Maybe)

FIRST THINGS is reporting the story of death threats and an assault on a conservative professor and five students at Princeton University who are also religious and social conservatives. The professor, Robert George, is a contributor to First Things. There are significant questions regarding what has actually happened, and investigations are ongoing. It’s not time to mount an outcry, for there is at least a minimal possibility that one of the students being threatened–the one who was beat up–actually engineered…

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