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Dysfunctional Anglicans: Still Family? Who’s the Father?
Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 4:37 PM

I was alerted to this interesting post written by The Rev. Canon Phil Ashey, CEO of The American Anglican Council, about the upcoming meeting of Anglicans Primates from around the world in January to discuss the state of their communion and what might become of it or what could be made of it. Some speak of “separate bedrooms” and some not on speaking terms, but still being family? Perhaps the Archbishop of Canterbury’s distant predecessor in that See, Augustine of Canterbury, or Theodore of Tarsus, who also held that episcopate, not to mention Paul of Tarsus (who didn’t), should all be invited to give an exhortation to the gathered Primates….

Lord’s Prayer Video Ad Banned in UK
Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 3:33 PM

As posted on the YouTube site:

This video has been produced to promote the new Church of England digital prayer website www.justpray.uk

Although passed by the various cinema authorities for showing during the advertising breaks before ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ the main cinema chains are refusing to show the advert. You can read the response of our Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev. Julian Henderson here http://bit.ly/1LvW7qG; listen to him talking to BBC Radio Lancashire here http://bbc.in/1NkA5hU (from 2h 09m 20s); and visit the prayer website here http://www.justpray.uk/

The Tweet I received said it was banned “lest it offend anyone.”

Where’s Your Dignity?
Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 10:42 AM

Roberta Green Ahmanson writes at Public Discourse about the New Dignity. An excerpt:

The New Dignity is a Gnostic project, and Gnosticism was always an elitist enterprise. As it was in the Greek and Roman worlds, so now there are signs that this New Dignitarian playground will be open and available only to serve the desires and the projects of cultural and political elites. For those on the margins, it portends new forms of enslavement.

The writings of the apostle Paul and the teachings of Jesus gave birth to a new culture built on human dignity. Today’s apostle of the New Dignity, Anthony Kennedy, has provided the movement with its own sacred text. An acquaintance recently attended a wedding (of a man and a woman, and not in a church) where the first “reading” at the ceremony was a passage from the majority opinion in Obergefell.

Sacred Scripture from the Inspired Pen of Justice Kennedy? He is High Priest of the Cult of the Autonomous Individual. There is no such thing as an autonomous individual in society. Never was, never will be. (Language is just one reason why this is so.) Our dignity is a gift, endowed by our Creator.

“A Mind Is A Terrible Thing to Lose on Campus”
Monday, November 23, 2015, 11:32 AM

Mad Student Disease is sweeping our nation’s campuses, while Foot-in-Mouth Disease is allegedly spreading among faculty. Where will this end? A Bang? or Just Whimper Softly? Thank you, Academy: You’ve trained these students as our Future Leaders. The tenured radicals who were/are responsible are/will be in their graves as the fruits of their labors ripen and fall. And the bonus: students get to go into debt for all this “education.”

Could America Survive without Religion?
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 2:39 PM

So asks Touchstone Senior Editor, Robert P. George at Public Discourse. Those who see religion as “the problem” have no idea how grim the alternative is.

Similarly, Russell Kirk asked in a 1992 Heritage Foundation lecture, can there be “Civilization Without Religion?” His lecture was published in Touchstone in 1993. Near the end, Kirk asks:

“What ails modern civilization? Fundamentally, our society’s affliction is the decay of religious belief. If a culture is to survive and flourish, it must not be severed from the religious vision out of which it arose. The high necessity of reflective men and women, then, is to labor for the restoration of religious teachings as a credible body of doctrine.”

That, dear readers, is part of mission of Touchstone. Kirk was one of our very first financial supporters, signing on to our project with these words:

“In a bent time, Touchstonespeaks up courageously for sound doctrine. It does not evade the great questions at issue. Through its pages a conscience speaks to a conscience.” We labor for restoration of faith, for Christ, creed and culture. Join the Touchstone conversation today.

November 18: Patrick Fagan Launches MARRIpedia in D.C.
Monday, November 16, 2015, 10:15 AM

A formal launch takes place in D. C. on Wed. Nov. 18. Register here.


At the October meeting of the World Congress of Families, Dr. Patrick Fagan unveiled MARRIpedia, a newly-launched online social science encyclopedia of all matters related to family, marriage, religion, and sexuality. MARRIpedia synthesizes and translates the work of myriad social scientists into concise, issue-specific entries that are intelligible to the lay reader.

As research continues to emerge on the intricate relationships of family and religion within society, MARRIpedia will continuously synthesize that research into pertinent entries. The numerous cross-links illustrate the overlap of family, religion, and a vast array of issues — such as education, the economy, poverty, crime, and abuse.

The purpose of MARRIpedia is to let the data do the talking. We hope to facilitate societal change by delivering the power of robust social science findings to the actors in families, churches, schools, and other “people-forming” institutions. Thus informed, citizens can effect changes for the good. Visit MARRIpedia now at www.marripedia.org, and join MARRI and the Family Research Council as Dr. Fagan delivers an encore of his presentation at the World Congress of Families.

Locker Room Insanity
Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 10:29 AM

Call it just another example of “sexual relativisim” (there is nothing fixed or absolute about sex), it is also mental suicide: “transgender” boys (with penises) must be allowed to shower in the open with girls in girl’s locker room in public schools–thus saith the Federal Oracle. Stories are here (by Laurie Higgins) and here (Rod Dreher). Seriously, our rulers have lost their minds.

When a similar issue arose about “transgenders” and bathrooms, we tried but failed to take advantage of the crisis, and made no money advertising or selling Gender Drop. Perhaps someone will design a port-a-shower that can only be used by one person at a time, in private. Blindfolds and heavy gloves will be included for any students who don’t want to be reminded of their sex.

David Daleiden – The Man Behind the Planned Parenthood Exposé
Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 2:06 PM

Here is a must-read interview with David Daleiden, the “Man Behind the Planned Parenthood” Exposé.

Ancient Faith Radio, operated by my friend and colleague, John Maddex, is to be commended for pursuing this interview with the person responsible for exposing and holding up to the light one of the most shameful aspects of our so-called culture of Choice. Killing, dismemberment, the sale of body parts and human flesh (“tissue”!)–I thought American’s fought a Civil War over such tyranny and trafficking in human flesh and settled the matter many many years ago, at great cost?

Wichita Hosts a Brave New Inkling Event with Louis Markos!
Friday, July 10, 2015, 11:35 AM

Next weekend, July 17-18, our Good Friends at the Eighth Day Institute in Wichita, Kansas, are hosting an Inkling Festival, featuring Louis Markos as speaker, plus meals, live music, performances and more. You will meet many Touchstone sort of people there and have a good time:

• Festal Banquet: We invite you to join us as we travel back in time and space. We’ll pass through a wardrobe to enter The Eagle & Child, the famous British pub where so many of the Inkling publications were read aloud and discussed before publication. We’ll have a British-themed meal, plenty of pints, and Inkling music. To cap it all off, Louis Markos will introduce you to the world of the Inklings.

Morning & Afternoon Lectures: Following Third Hour prayer at 9 am, Saturday morning will kick off with Kevin O’Brien offering a dramatic performance of Tolkien’s famous essay “On Fairie Stories.” Two keynote lectures by Louis Markos and three breakout sessions will follow, all focused on our main theme: “The Ethics of Elfland: Virtue & Vice in Narnia & Middle Earth.” Lunch is included.

• We have five local bands lined up with Mitch McVicker as our headliner for an evening full of Live Music. Every half hour we’ll have local craftsmen offering a seminar on “The Art of the Common Place.” We’re organizing plenty of Inkling Activities for the kids, so please bring the whole family (16 and under enter free). We’ll have local brewers of beer offering complimentary drinks. And our friends from District Taqueria and Mr. Natural Soul Kitchen will be selling great food.

Cost: only $75, with meals! See more options.



Touchstone Will Resist: Join Us
Monday, June 29, 2015, 10:22 AM

 Touchstone has been accused of being rigid in its positions on many hot button issues. Yes, we are “staunchly” conservative or traditional when it comes to the sanctity of life and the sacredness of marriage.  In the United States, the Roe v. Wade decision of the Supreme Court was based on lies, demonstrably so. Friday’s Supreme Court decision on gay marriage is every bit as illegitimate as Roe v Wade. You can call abortion a choice if you wish, but doing so doesn’t make in any less a killing as well. There is no such thing as gay marriage. There is this thing envisioned by the court, and you can call it marriage if you wish, and insist that it is not a redefinition, but it is not marriage; if it were, it would also be a redefinition, one which the Supreme Court says citizens have no right to oppose and must accept. We at Touchstone will resist this, as we have Roe v. Wade–and any Christians or “churches” who embrace or enable the culture of death to devour more lives.

Dear reader, if you have benefited from Touchstone or Mere Comments,  please make a donation today to help us keep publishing both in print and online. The end of our fiscal year is tomorrow June 30, and we are facing a $70,000 deficit!  Your generous contribution today will help us pay our bills and keep us going in the new fiscal year.

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Make sure to read below Michael Avramovich’s “Some Reflections on Obergefell v. Hodges”.

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