Happy Fourth of July

Happy Birthday to the United States of America! As is my custom on this holiday, I encourage you to read the Declaration of Independence (signed this day in 1776) and to reflect on the ideals of government found therein. IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, WhenContinue reading “Happy Fourth of July”

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Book Review: The Printer and the Preacher (Petersen)

Great figures and great moments in history are often the subject of considerable (some might say endless) discussion and evaluation, especially by the communities which remember and celebrate their histories. For many Americans, this means looking back upon the Founding Fathers with reverence and respect. For many Christians, such an attitude entails studying the giantsContinue reading “Book Review: The Printer and the Preacher (Petersen)”

Book Review: Richard John Neuhaus (Boyagoda)

Biographies are intensely personal affairs, filled with the often mundane details purporting to tell the life story of some person of alleged importance. Occasionally, however, a figure of true influence will come along and change the world. In the American context, such figures have often been religious or political leaders, those two realms of discourseContinue reading “Book Review: Richard John Neuhaus (Boyagoda)”

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day to all those celebrating in the United States of America! In honor of our country’s “birthday” I’ve shared some quotes from the Founding Fathers. “Liberty . . . is the great parent of science and of virtue; and . . . a nation will be great in both always in proportion asContinue reading “Happy Independence Day”

A (Free) College Education for Everyone?

This article originally appeared at Conciliar Post. You may have heard that last week President Obama announced an initiative to provide “free” community college education for qualifying students, tentatively defined as those maintaining a “C” average in school. As noted several months ago here at Conciliar Post, the status quo of the American education systemContinue reading “A (Free) College Education for Everyone?”

Poems, Protest, and a Dream

Of the various perspectives within the confines of post-Reformation Church history, perhaps none is more interesting than the writings of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. A Catholic writer (and later a Catholic nun) living in the New World during the 15th century (xxiv), Sor Juana’s theological perspective exhibits the increasingly uneasy place of traditionalContinue reading “Poems, Protest, and a Dream”