For generations it's been easy to live as a Christian in America. We have lived in a culture that largely assumed and supported Christianity or at least Christian moral principles.
Much has been written since Tuesdays breaking story on Planned Parenthood's selling of fetal tissue from abortions. Not surprisingly, mainstream media outlets were slow to pick up the story, and many of them largely parroted the Planned Parenthood defense when writing their stories. The video caused quite the stir on social media, amassing countless shares and 2.4 million views on YouTube as of Tuesday. Interestingly, nearly all responses from the left and some from the right seem to miss the real reason for this impact. It is not so much that Planned Parenthood is doing something illegal or secretive (though it may well be violating multiple laws). It's that this particular story brings into vivid relief the reality of what Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers do on a daily basis.
Its a Hallmark holiday, but Fathers Day was a chance to reflect a bit on our children and their future. As a father of one son (and soon to be two), I am a member of a shrinking subset in modern America. Increasingly, many people like me aren't getting married, some aren't having children at all, and many of those who do eventually marry and have children are doing so much later in life. There are many reasons for these trends, but one ideological reason stands out: we millennials seem to be embracing a complete redefinition of both our families and ourselves around the concept of Identity. I fear this will present great challenges for my generation's children
Young students obsessed with "triggers" and safety need to take time for some serious self-reflection, writes Peggy Noonan in a witty and slightly-acerbic Wall Street Journal column.
Home is where no one is. That seems to be the modern trend. City dwellers lead hectic lives, our suburbs are bedroom communities, and the talent of the next generation is quickly fleeing small rural towns.
The Dutch are killing themselves more than ever, but they feel OK about it.
President Obamas State of the Union address was predictable for a President nearing the end of his second term.
This new year I beg people to take some time to learn more about bioethics. The stakes are high. Our definitions of life, death, and human dignity are up for grabs, so we must not abdicate our moral duty to be informed about such weighty matters.
New Years Resolutions tend towards the personal: lose weight, take up a hobby, spend more time with the family, get up earlier, read great books, etc. But this new year I beg people to take some time to learn more about bioethics.
What could be more American than hard work?
Christianity Today's online magazine Parse recently posited that the rise of the automobile laid the groundwork for the modern mega church. It's a recommended read that gets to the crux of a problem in modern Christianity a problem that cars only amplified: our self-centeredness.
There is an unfortunate trend in modern higher education that goes against conservative and progressive ideals alike.
There have been countless recent articles analyzing the millennial generation and its distinctive characteristics, but too many are ignoring an upcoming conflict that could define the generation: the aging baby boomers are going to be a big problem for millennials and their parents in the coming decades. In the U.S., the baby boomers are nearing the end of their lives while birth rates are simultaneously decreasing. With people living longer than ever and needing evermore costly end-of-life medical procedures, we are looking at an incredibly difficult next few decades for the younger generations. It's hard to see any alternative to a future of generational strife.
Maclean's recently featured a compelling summary of our rapidly-deteriorating communities titled "The End of Neighbours." The expertly-written piece by Brian Bethune is one of the better articles you'll read this year, and it gets at a key tragedy that is particularly convicting for a Christian conservative: We have forsaken our neighbors.
?After spending years in a densely-populated part of Virginia, I have now lived in a small town in my home state of Wisconsin for the past four years. It's a location I didn't expect to find myself in, and honestly it's taken quite some time to acclimate. The town leans heavily towards both the farm community and a blue-collar manufacturing and trucking segment. It's no idyllic Andy Griffith small town (I doubt those really exist), but it is certainly a town where most people know each other, and I've been struck by the level of community involvement in this small part of America.
The idea of home, of a sense of place, is a vital thread in conservative thought. It's crucial to the conservative emphasis on community, family, and local institutions. Yet amid the incessant discussions on this theme, it's easy to forget how such a basic good as a literal home is unobtainable for so many homeless Americans.
?Over at Intercollegiate Review, Carter Skeel writes a short piece on how Self-Ownership is an Illusion. Unsurprisingly, his brief thoughts on moral stewardship and a debt to community are quickly torn to shreds by a handful of libertarian-leaning internet commentators. But Mr. Skeel is on to something, even if he didn't take the time or have the space to flesh it out fully, for self-ownership is indeed a flawed and inaccurate concept. Particularly as it is understood in our current political moment.
Few U.S. institutions resemble today's prison system. Most Americans have little-to-no exposure to this quiet behemoth which has quadrupled its population since the 1980's, but for those who are exposed, the effects are dramatic.
American education is in trouble—that much seems to be a given. Our public schools and colleges are getting poor results, our young people are drowning in debt, new graduates can't find jobs, and our overall rankings in the world are pretty dismal.
Do you think government today can't get anything done?