That Was The Week That Was

Here… • As always, the acknowledgments section of a book is both the best and hardest section to write. • A new book contends that a 1928 diplomatic pact outlawing war was actually effective. Count me dubious. • And I offered two postscripts to my post on the Nashville Statement. …There and Everywhere • Over at The … More That Was The Week That Was

Truthful, Hopeful: A Christian Reflection on History

I’ve spent a lot of time this year trying to convince Christians to live “not as a people of fear, but as a people of hope.” Just last Thursday, in the midst of my grief at losing a dear friend, I concluded that “Contemplating the possibility of Stacey’s death had deepened my conviction that the Apostle Paul was right, that those … More Truthful, Hopeful: A Christian Reflection on History

Revising Memorial Day

Where did Memorial Day start? What does it mean? If pressed, most of us could probably guess that it emerged from the wake of the Civil War and perhaps explain that it differs from, say, Veterans Day or Armed Forces Day in specifically remembering those who have died in military service to this country. Writing in the midst of the Vietnam War, … More Revising Memorial Day

Rejecting Epistemic Closure: Progressives for Conservatives to Read

Last Monday I encouraged readers to reject the temptation to expose themselves only to those sources that reconfirm their own opinions, as if they have nothing to learn from those with whom they disagree. Julian Sanchez of the libertarian Cato Institute called the phenomenon a type of “epistemic closure” in a series of 2010 posts … More Rejecting Epistemic Closure: Progressives for Conservatives to Read