Confession: I pretty much agree with Rick Santorum on social issues. Except contraception, and in this I suspect I’m aligned with a pretty large majority of my fellow Christians. Even, I suspect, with my former co-coreligionist Roman Catholics. As a Catholic, it used to be “wink, wink, nudge, nudge: have you read humanae vitae? Interesting; […]

Thomas Hobbes (the fellow not wearing a New York Knicks uniform) may be best known for this quotation from his work Leviathan: Life is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short…a warre of every man against every man.” This might be seen as an argument for liberty, but is actually an argument for the social contract […]

Growing up in New York City, it was the usual practice for people to refer to themselves as “Irish,” “Jewish,” or “Italian.” Not “Irish-American,” but simply “Irish.” The same for all other ethnic groups in the so-called melting pot that was New York in the middle of the last century. We also lived in segregated […]

This “Open letter to President Obama” is by Dr Michael Youssef. Well worth the reading. My comment: Dr Youssef, well done and true. As for the president, we can’t know what is in Mr Obama’s heart. His actions and associations, however, speak volumes. Three years into his presidency, we should no longer give him the […]

There are many people who are not Christian, and not a few nominal Christians who like to imagine that we are all good, we all will get to heaven. Regardless of beliefs, or, for some, regardless of what we do. I happen to be a Reformed Protestant (think 5 solas), one of those dread Calvinists, […]

In his sermon this week, John Piper has an exquisitely simple explanation for how Christianity is the logical result of Judaism. He captures this in a single sentence: It’s through Jesus that God’s promise to Abraham is fulfilled. Too simple? Piper provides context, with inexorable logic: God promised Abraham that through his offspring all the […]

“Judge not, that ye be not judged.” This is attributed to Jesus in St Matthew’s Gospel (7:1). And, boy, is this particular quotation from Scripture over-used. The usual application? Don’t tell anyone that what you consider to be immoral or otherwise bad behavior is wrong. This passage is often used to, in essence, excuse behavior […]