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The 100-Mile Suit

In the film The Pursuit of Happyness (review here), there’s a scene where Will Smith’s character arrives late for an interview with a stock brokerage firm and has no shirt on. Continue Reading...

2007 Acton Lecture Series: The Crisis of Europe: Benedict XVI’s Analysis and Solution

Dr. Samuel Gregg Dr. Samuel Gregg – “Acton’s Chief Thinker,” according to our Executive Director Kris Mauren – put his thinking skills on display yesterday as part of the 2007 Acton Lecture Series, delivering an address entitled “The Crisis of Europe: Benedict XVI’s Analysis and Solution.” By any standard of civilization growth and decline, Europe is in crisis. Continue Reading...

Population: Ultimate Problem of all Problems

Over at the Huffington Post blog, David Roberts, a staff writer for Grist.org, describes the relationship between activist causes, like women’s reproductive rights and “sustainable development,” and population control. Roberts says he doesn’t directly address the problem of over-population because talking about it as such isn’t very effective. Continue Reading...

British Bishops in Brouhaha

As a general rule, the more media coverage an item generates, the less I pay attention, so I confess that I haven’t followed the Iran-Britain hostage situation as closely as I might have. Continue Reading...

Well, Allow Me to Re-tort

Last month the Pacific Research Institute released a report estimating that costs associated with the American tort system exceed $865 billion per year (HT). Check it out for a detailed breakdown and comparison of these costs with other sectors of the economy and government spending. Continue Reading...

Is “Climate Change” Really About the Temperature?

Here’s an interesting piece from the April 16 issue of Newsweek by Richard Lindzen: Judging from the media in recent months, the debate over global warming is now over. There has been a net warming of the earth over the last century and a half, and our greenhouse gas emissions are contributing at some level. Continue Reading...

Prophecy and the Supremacy of Consensus

German theologian and philosopher Michael Welker describes in his book God the Spirit (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1994) the biblical relationship between the prophet and majority opinion: The prophet does not confuse truth with consensus. Continue Reading...

Media, Politics, and Christianity in America

On this Good Friday, CNN commentator Roland Martin delivers a well-needed corrective to the errors of both the religious Right and Left. It’s good to see that he doesn’t confuse action on poverty and divorce as primarily political but rather a social issues. Continue Reading...

Faulty intelligence

Q: What do the Global War on Terror and the War on Terrifying Global Warming have in common? A: Neither proponents admit to a lack of complete consensus, to wit: . Continue Reading...