What the Amish can teach us about modern technology

Apr 6, 2015 by

By Peter Franklin, Conservative Home: Thanks to various films and documentaries we think we know who the Amish are: a bunch of charmingly mad fundamentalists whose lives revolve around a luddite rejection of modern technology. According to Arielle Zibrak’s illuminating essay forAvidly, the truth is more subtle: “…contrary to appearances, not all of this buggy-and-bonnet business is based on hard and fast rules. The seeming ban on technology is surprisingly porous. Though they don’t use...

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The Passion of Jesus seems much more believable these days

Apr 4, 2015 by

by Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph: Human institutions have always found a way to justify evil – they do so today just as they did 2,000 years ago. ‘Dear Charles, How are you?” says the unsolicited publicity email from someone I have never met, “I would love to share this controversial new play with you… you are welcome to talk to the writer… The play discusses Jesus’s exorcism, the atheist prostitute, Mary as a polytheist, a Greek homosexual and Jesus’s involvement in a stoning.”...

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Church Is Facing a Dietrich Bonhoeffer Moment

Mar 31, 2015 by

by Larry Tomczak, Charisma News: To those trying to convince us that these are America’s greatest days and revival is breaking out, I humbly challenge this perspective. Granted, there are “pockets” of some encouraging spiritual activity, but by and large the church is successful numerically but unsuccessful influentially. How we need to take seriously the 2 Chronicles 7:14 promise: “(If) My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face...

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In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas

Mar 23, 2015 by

By Judith Shulevitz, New York Times: KATHERINE BYRON, a senior at Brown Universityand a member of its Sexual Assault Task Force, considers it her duty to make Brown a safe place for rape victims, free from anything that might prompt memories of trauma. So when she heard last fall that a student group had organized a debate about campus sexual assault between Jessica Valenti, the founder offeministing.com, and Wendy McElroy, a libertarian, and that Ms. McElroy was likely to criticize the term...

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The new normless: the toll of relativism on our kids

Mar 18, 2015 by

by Eric Metaxas, Breakpoint: There really is such a thing as right and wrong. And denying that fact has real consequences for society. During a recent visit to Swarthmore College, political scientist Robert Putnam of Harvard asked everyone in the room whose parents had graduated from college to raise their hands. Not surprisingly, nearly everyone raised their hands. As it turns out, the ability to get into elite colleges isn’t the only thing that separates the children of the college-educated...

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British values are rooted in British soil

Mar 9, 2015 by

From Grassroots Conservatives: Grassroots conservatives have released a discussion paper on British values, following the Birmingham trojan horse extremism affair, and a new Ofsted inspection regime.  ‘A major cultural divide has emerged between vocal secular liberals and the silent, and somewhat intimidated, majority,’ says the Grassroots movement. ‘People are now afraid to even express deeply held beliefs which were mainstream just a number of years ago.  A national debate...

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