Are Hobbits For Hippies? Or, How Would J.R.R. Tolkien Vote?
Jonathan Witt and Jay W. Richards, The Federalist
Here’s what we can learn about J.R.R. Tolkien’s views of man and government from The Hobbit.
The US doesn’t have a good way of determining who’s poor
Jilly Stephens, Quartz
In New York City—the most expensive city in the US—a two-adult, two-child family is considered poor if it earns less than $30,949 a year. The federal government sets the level at about $23,000.
Popular Pope Francis takes own path in Vatican
David Willey, BBC
In the course of 2014 Pope Francis consolidated his position as one of the most popular pontiffs of modern times, more popular even than the recently-sainted Pope John Paul II.
‘They Are Willing to Die for What Most Christians Are Barely Willing to Live For’
Interview by Kathryn Jean Lopez, The Corner
Heartbreaking is to hear how much some people so desire to pray in their village church again. Not this Christmas. Not with ISIS intent on the extinction of Christianity there.