In the final weeks of 2015, media outlets have begun running their annual "top stories of the year" segments, highlighting the most notable and/or newsworthy stories of the past year.
Leo Tolstoy's classic story, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, is a tale about a man's journey towards death: the denial, the alienation, the terror, and the awful recognition that life has not been lived as it ought to have been.
A recurring critique of President Obama has been his lack of experience.
Russell Kirk is widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most influential conservative thinkers. His Ten Principles of Conservatism are an attempt to articulate the sentiments that characterize the conservative spirit.
In light of ongoing revelations emerging from the undercover Planned Parenthood videos, Progressives are doubling down, falling back on their tried and true tactic of conflating "women's health care" with abortion and suggesting that opposition to the latter constitutes an attack on the former.
Another Independence Day has come and gone, and as always, the holiday elicited much waxing lyrical about the greatness of America.
In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, New York Times columnist David Brooks penned an article entitled "I Am Not Charlie Hebdo." The article was a response to the popular "Je Suis Charlie Hebdo" tag that exploded across social media in the days and weeks following the attack, which left 12 people dead and Paris reeling.
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past month, you're undoubtedly familiar with the controversy surrounding Indiana's "religious freedom" law.
Last weekend marked the 50th anniversary since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the march from Selma to Birmingham, a "bloody Sunday" in which police officers attempting to stop the march launched tear gas and brutalized dozens. President Obama traveled to Selma to mark the historic moment by leading a memorial march across the Edmund Pettus bridge.
Much ado has been made over President Obama's remarks at the recent National Prayer Breakfast, namely his comparison between the Christian Crusades and the racism of the Jim Crow South and the heinous tactics of ISIS.
Sociologist Mark Regnerus recently penned an essay for Public Discourse in which he discusses two competing understandings of human dignity.
Rape is terrible. It is something that no person should ever have to experience. The way the issue is being politicized and sensationalized by feminists and their sympathizers in the media, however, is not helping matters.
The author, Katha Pollitt, is apparently disgusted by the way the nefarious pro-life movement has successfully perpetuated the stigmatization of abortion. Her book encourages women to claim with pride the sacred right that's theirs and theirs alone: the right to kill their unborn child for any reason they deem suitable.
As a Christian and a conservative, I don't often find myself in agreement with liberal comedian Bill Maher and atheist author Sam Harris. I found Maher's so called documentary, "Religulous," fatuous and intellectually dishonest. Harris, while perhaps less strident than his fellow New Atheists, is essentially a materialist, grounding his critique of religion in the claim that it is a "failed science." Not surprisingly, I find his work condescending and ontologically off the mark.
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV)
The tolerance that secular progressives boast, however, is little more than a hollow facade. There is nothing tolerant about the secular progressive worldview, and secular progressives are just as arrogant as the most self-righteous holy roller when it comes to their certainty that their version of "the Truth" is the correct one.
Like most conservatives, I'm outraged and horrified at the conduct of our President and his appointees. His willingness to abuse Executive authority with impunity and his cavalier attitude about the responsibilities of his office seems to betray a contempt for the U.S. Constitution and the principles it embodies
My mother and stepfather were recently privy to a conversation between myself and a good female friend. Both of us are first time mothers navigating the trials and tribulations of our sons' first years.
Without God, everything is permissible. Man is the author of his own destiny and the captain of his soul. Moral authority is located within the self, and might makes right. These are fierce human convictions and we live in an age that glorifies these convictions at every turn. The only thing capable of shattering these delusions is the recognition of our contingency, that we are not sovereign and we are not the measure of all things.
The Lenten season is upon us once more, and like many Christians, in an attempt to honor God's faithfulness to his Church and in the hopes of deepening my own faith I have decided to engage in a fast of sorts.