Philosophic Trends

Could Justice Roy Moore be Right?

This morning I heard Christian conservative talk show host Sandy Rios interview Justice Roy Moore from Alabama. Many may know him from a series of court cases and much controversy several years back regarding a Ten Commandments memorial that he set up in his courthouse or the more recent refusal to bow to the Federal Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage. He is now back in the news having again been suspended without pay from his duties as judge until the end of his term. In response to this, he has retired from his appointment and is now running for the U.S. Senate. Many consider him a kook, but could he be right? Read More...
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A Worthy Life

Memorial Day was a week ago. Together, my family watched Tora, Tora, Tora, but days later, I felt it was time for my son (16) to watch Saving Private Ryan. Long ago, I determined to not watch movies (or allow my children to watch movies) with graphic violence unless they were highly significant and meaningful. And then to withhold them until my children could benefit from them. I found Private Ryan to be one of those movies. Read More...
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Good and Angry

I go through life analyzing situations to understand the good and the bad of things. With the bad, my first (and often my driving response) is anger… Is this good? Last night I reflected on the actions of an unjust principal… Read More...
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Praise for Public Education

The Center for Public Education credits our public schools with success of America. I'm not so certain!… Read More...
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Pope: "Disease of Fundamentalism"

"Pope Francis said fundamentalism is ‘a disease of all religions’, including the Roman Catholic Church, as he returned from a three-nation tour of Africa in which he preached reconciliation and hope.” Is this true?

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The Bedrock of Moral Integrity

An AFP article notes that during her husband's inauguration as Nigeria's president, the new First Lady wore what appeared to be a $50,000 Cartier wrist watch. This may not have stirred the attention it has received except that the country is impoverished, graft is rampant, and her husband ran on a platform to raise the integrity of public officials. While the people of Nigeria work this through, it serves as a reminder that Christian schools play and important role in supporting the morality of Christians and citizens - no small concern… Read More...
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Prejudice isn't All!

The net has been hot with comments about the white private school founder and principal who lost her cool when she closed the graduation ceremony before the Valedictorian gave the final address. Perhaps the short story should stand as it is… but hopefully, the story will continue with reflection upon the forces that pushed the principal over her "brink." Read More...
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Reason or Trust?

We all want to be reasonable, but is this a realistic goal? I argue that trust is an equal (if underrated) social value. Read More...
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What's in a Curriculum?

With all the pressures faced by Christian schools, too few grapple with the question of what a Christian school is all about. My local school has recently adopted the state’s educational guidelines as its own, is this good? What are some of the principles that can guide our development of curriculum?

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Faith in Public

Recently, a Christian was dismissed from Easter Michigan State University because she requested to not counsel a gay client. What does this case say about the presumed relevance of religion and how should the public respond?

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Reaching a "Christian Culture"

Though an increasing number of families are homeschooling, Christian schools are struggling to maintain their numbers with an increasing share of children moving to secular Charter schools. Here are some thoughts on how Christians can expand interest in Christian schooling (and homeschooling).

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Reasons for the Seasons

Though I don’t miss cheesy plastic Creche’ sets, I still wonder why there is so little outcry from Christians at the failure of stores to provide meaningful seasonal ornaments. Perhaps, political correctness scares large stores, but this shouldn’t stop Christian entrepreneurs.

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Philosophic Liberalism's Underming of Education

Liberal education philosophy continues to support secular schooling. However, I believe evidence for this support is weak or nonexistent. Children and society are benefitted when the wisdom of those who care for them shapes their school day.

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In Search of the "Good Society"

Peace and prosperity are generally illusive goals for most societies. What are the supports of the “good society”? I argue that they are more indebted to the efforts and values of families than to the efforts of government. If so, what key implications does this have upon public policy?

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