Finally! A religious story that is not about escape

Aug 19, 2020 by

by Mary Harrington, UnHerd: The standard liberal template for depicting minority religious communities is escape. As typified by the Netflix series Unorthodox, the narrative tracks a young person breaking free of tradition and superstition to discover themselves in a world of expansive liberal self-fulfilment. A new BBC documentary, Inside the Bruderhof, surprised me by inverting the trope. It follows Hannah, an 18-year-old raised in the Bruderhof community at Darvell in Sussex. Hannah is...

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The six enemies of the West we now face

Aug 19, 2020 by

by David Robertson, theweeflea: There are those who want to see Western society destroyed. They regard it as patriarchal, capitalist, immoral, racist and unjust. The sooner it is gone the better. But they find it far easier to destruct than construct. What would they replace it with – other than some fantasy Utopia which no one has ever been able to manage? But from a Christian perspective – why should we care about the West? We are about the whole world – not just one part of it. Surely, we...

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5 ways to stand for nobility in a crowd of moral cowards

Aug 16, 2020 by

by  Kris Vallotton: MODERN CHRISTIANITY? It’s no secret to most of us that morality in America, as well as abroad, is eroding. We live in a day and age when morality has become relative, nobility is most often found in fictional stories, and virtue-less people consider righteous standards as religious oppression. Beyond that, people who don’t even believe in God, much less the Bible, use verses like “judge not lest you be judged” and “Jesus didn’t condemn sinners” to neutralize noble living...

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Why it’s time to take ‘wokeness’ seriously

Jul 30, 2020 by

by Mary Harrington, UnHerd: “Wokeness is a religion”. How many times have we heard that recently? White officials washing the feet of Black Lives Matter protest leaders, kneeling groups reciting pledges to renounce their privilege, ritual chants, not to mention public punishment of heretics and a growing body of fiercely-defended and not particularly logical doctrine. The comparison is always meant as a criticism. The people who wield it see the story of the West as one of Reason advancing...

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Lecturer, 73, who was sacked for praising Jewish scientists and German engineers slams woke brigade

Jul 26, 2020 by

by Ian Gallagher, Mailonline: As a young engineer, Stephen Lamonby was taken under the wing of an elderly colleague and given a piece of wisdom he has never forgotten – ‘Knowledge not passed on is knowledge wasted.’ Over the next half century, Mr Lamonby, now 73, designed Navy torpedoes, satellite-carrying rockets, oil rigs and special effects for Hollywood blockbusters including Saving Private Ryan and Gladiator. Generous with his time, he was true to his mentor’s maxim, and when...

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On critics and bullies

Jul 25, 2020 by

by Robert P George, MercatorNet: What are the differences between a critic and a bully? There is an astonishing amount of bullying going on right now—in academia and elsewhere—and it is imperative that people stand up to those who seek to intimidate them into either silence or, more appallingly still, the affirmation of beliefs they actually do not hold. At the same time, we need to remember that the spirit of truth-seeking is a self-critical spirit, so we must avoid the temptation to insulate...

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