Life-Long Learners or Good Test-Takers? An Orthodox Christian Critique

The video below of a second grade teacher in Providence, RI reading his letter of resignation has recently gone semi-viral with over 200,000 views on YouTube. What I would like to offer here is an Orthodox Christian critique of the anthropological assumptions that separate this teacher from the “edu-crats,” as he terms them, who in his district so strongly championed standardized testing-oriented education at the exclusion of all other methods and aims. Continue Reading...

Economic Justice IS Social Justice

All good people are concerned about the plight of the poor, and there are a multitude of ways to address this. The umbrella of “social justice” seems to get bigger every year, with Millenium Development Goals, the ONE campaign, and a host of other foreign aid projects that seek to remove the scourge of abject poverty. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 12.26.12

12 killed in attacks on two churches in Nigeria CNN At least 12 people died in northern Nigeria when attackers raided two churches during Christmas Eve services, police said. Religious Freedom as a Christian Doctrine Rick Plasterer, Juicy Ecumenism That traditional Christian doctrine and morality curtails freedom has been a common theme in the ongoing controversy concerning religion and society in the western world. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 12.24.12

Charity for Our Scrooges Braxton Boren, The Gospel Coalition Dickens’s masterpiece speaks powerfully today to a nation divided along lines nearly as deep as the class divisions in Scrooge’s London. Christmas and the Scandal of Particularity Brett Bertucio, First Things The greatest sin, according to the dominant cultural mentality, appears to be this claim to particularity. Continue Reading...

Conference: ‘Catholic Witness in a Nation Divided’

Ave Maria Communications will be presenting a conference on Saturday, January 13, 2013 entitled “Catholic Witness in a Nation Divided.” The conference, hosted by Al Kresta, CEO of Ave Maria Communications and host of “Kresta in the Afternoon”, will be held at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 12.21.12

Christmas as Heavenly Economy Peter J. Leithart, First Things Since the early centuries of the Church, Christians have thought of giving and receiving gifts as a fitting way to celebrate the Incarnation. Continue Reading...