Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 2:00 PM
READERS will be interested in Circe Institute’s summer conference, July 16-19, Baltimore, Maryland, on the topic: “A CONTEMPLATION OF JUDGEMENT” Speakers include Touchstone‘s Ken Myers (Contours of Culture) and also Touchstone authors Dr. John Patrick (author of “The Guilty Generation,” Vigen Gurioan (author of 7 Touchstone features), among others. A description of the topic:
The carelessness of the conventional mind is reflected in its judgment that one should never judge. The trouble is, thinking, opining, and speaking are already and always judgments. We humans are incessantly, inescapably moral beings, and that is our glory.
The question is not whether we will judge, but whether we will judge wisely. It’s hard to imagine a more practical question.
To teach is to judge. To teach is to teach a student how to judge. Everything we do, from writing to singing, from throwing a football to playing a piano, from teaching to assessing, from planning to fund-raising, requires judgment. As Thomas Aquinas wrote, ‘it is the part of the wise man to order and to judge”.
Judge well and be wise. Judge badly and be foolish.
Which do you want for your children and students?
Join us this July as, for the twelfth consective year, we contemplate the purpose, essence, and practice of Christian classical education at the 2013 CiRCE Conference: A Contemplation of Judgment, as we contemplate how best to provide an education that cultivates wisdom and virtue, that produces students able to judge wisely what is Good and True and Beautiful.
REGISTER HERE or direct any questions to email@example.com or call: 704.794.2227
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Friday, June 21, 2013, 12:21 PM
I received this cheering message earlier today:
Greetings from South Bend!
You may be interested to hear that my July/August 2012 Touchstone article, “Passing Through the Sirens: The Trials of the Christian Wayfarer in the World,” won an essay competition sponsored by the Character Project and Templeton Foundation. The press release is here. Thank you again for the opportunity to publish, and long live Touchstone!
University of Notre Dame
It’s always gratifying to win awards. Congratulations to David Elliot and his family!
Here is a snippet from the article:
Interestingly, those born after Christ are living in a sort of twilight period between the ages. With the victory won through the Passion and Resurrection of Christ, this aion is already a dissolving phantasmagoria; a sort of theatre burning to the ground while the Christians point to the Exit sign and the worldlings keep munching popcorn. (Read more)
I would be foolish, though a bit less aggressive, if I did not take this opportunity to ask readers to help Touchstone “live long” by making a gift today. Donations made to the publisher are tax-deductible, but more importantly, they help us provide such high-quality articles in the service of building up the Body of Christ in faith, hope, and love. Perhaps you aren’t currently a subscriber–subscribing today would also help keep Touchstone going on into the future, as long as the Lord wills.
I invite you participate in the edifying work of Touchstone with a subscription (print/digital/Kindle) and/or by making a donation today. Thanks!
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 10:45 AM
What you subsidize is what you’ll get more of–and the Federal Government’s push to get more pills into the hands of young girls to make sure that they don’t have to face the decision of whether or not to go to see the local abortionist is only going to increase promiscuity and the number of abortions. That’s my conclusion after reading John Jansen’s report at LifeSiteNews. Why? Because it’s already happened and is documented here. A 1998 “press release contained this comment from one Dr. Anita Nelson, an Ob/Gyn professor at UCLA”:
It is estimated that nearly 50 percent of all abortions and unintended pregnancies in this country could be avoided if women had access to emergency contraception.
“That’s no small prediction. And looking back, it’s turned out to be not simply wrong, but astoundingly wrong.”
Who decides these things? Are they stupid? Are they the same people who tout “science” when it suits their agenda, but ignore empirical evidence that a policy does not work? When you keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect to get different results, isn’t that insanity?
Friday, May 17, 2013, 9:02 AM
Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Greg Lukianoff unpacks the latest Big Fed maneuver to control speech on campus through some pretty broad guidelines as to what now constitutes sexual harassment. Addressing a Title Iv and Title IX case at the University of Montana, a letter came to UM from the Justice Department and the Education Department:
But the joint letter, which announced a “resolution agreement” with the university, didn’t stop there. It then proceeded to rewrite the federal government’s rules about sexual harassment and free speech on campus.
Lukianoff is President of FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education). He writes:
The implications for professors and students are enormous. An unsuccessful request for a date, or even assigning a potentially offensive book like “Lolita,” could now be construed as harassment. As attorney and civil libertarian Wendy Kaminer commented on The Atlantic’s website this week: “The stated goal of this policy is stemming discrimination, but the inevitable result will be advancing it, in the form of content-based prohibitions on speech.”
It seems there is a growing “right not to be offended.” Also, students in some cases may be punished before guilt or innocence is even determined!
Lukianoff is also the author of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate. And an atheist. His book is the subject of an article by Les Sillars, Professor of Journalism at Patrick Henry College in Virginia. The article is “Lukianoff’s Ashes: What a Candid Postmodernist Might Do to an Atheist’s Book Exposing Campus Censorship.” Sillars takes us to a campus book burning where Lukianoff is denounced by the Vice President of the Office of Intellectual Diversity. (Should Lukianoff now watch out for the IRS?)
“Lukianoff”s Ashes” will be published in the next issue of Salvo Magazine, which goes to press Monday. (You may subscribe here.)
Thursday, May 16, 2013, 3:33 PM
Denyse O’Leary is on to something when she writes about the clearly growing unease that scientists who think science is the only path to true knowledge have with the Big Bang Theory. “Serious materialist atheists are well aware of its theistic implications and seek various ways to discredit it.”
Manufacturing doubts about the Big Bang
The Big Bang: Fireworks still on despite downpour?
Still under construction: A No Big Bang Universe
The “I hate the Big Bang” Cosmology Club
Hence, Multiverses are now the rage. So Christians are medieval and unscientific for believing in some heaven beyond our world, but scientists can state with a straight face that there are billions of universes–only we just can’t ever see them? Or (the latest) that Nothing existed, and then Nothing spit out our universe? Nothing? May favorite, though, if that there is an infinite number of universes from which ours happily came into being. So an atheist posits that something Infinite had to cause our world? Well, it’s not much, but maybe that’s a step in the right direction…..
Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 5:17 PM
A ond-day conference will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Chicago’s southwest side near Midway Airport, sponsored by Gottesdienst: The Journal of Lutheran Theology, edited by Rev. Fr. Burnell F. Eckardt Jr. (see his Touchstone article, Nursery Crimes, Jan/Feb 2013). Rumor has it that Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon is planning to attend this conference. See you there? The cost is $12.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 4:39 PM
Soldiers in the Roman army in ancient times ran afoul of the Imperial cult when they testified to their allegiance to Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lord, Caesar of caesars if you will. Today’s Pentagon is not threatening capital punishment but merely a court martial to any one sharing his faith in Christ with another soldier. There is some debate as to the intent of this–there have been some reported incidents of superior officers who are Christian forcing servicemen to attend religious services, for instance. But proselytization is a word that, in the view of a secularist judge, might include sharing one’s faith in the most natural way, in the midst of a conversation about life and death matters. One soldier says to another soldier about his demeanor after a harrowing experience, “How do you manage to take it?” He say, “I say the ‘Jesus Prayer.’” “What’s that?” Oh, no, don’t talk about it?
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 12:04 PM
At CatholicVote.org, it is reported by Steve Skojec that clergy attempting to minister to the injured and dying at the Boston Marathon bombing scene were denied access, while other responders weren’t. The article quotes Jennifer Graham’s article in the Wall Street Journal:
…it is a poignant irony that Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who died on Boylston Street, was a Catholic who had received his first Communion just last year. As Martin lay dying, priests were only yards away, beyond the police tape, unable to reach him to administer last rites—a sacrament that, to Catholics, bears enormous significance.
Skojec writes, “Final judgment on this story should be reserved until the Boston Police Department clarifies their thinking on the matter, which I hope they will do very soon.”
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 8:35 AM
ACT3 Network Special Events
With the recent election of Pope Francis there is renewed hope among many evangelicals for an unprecedented new day for Christian unity in evangelism and mission. Many ask, “How can this be when we do not preach the same gospel?” How do we overcome the “anathemas” of the past and the widespread evangelical belief that the Catholic Church preaches “a false gospel?” Is there a better way forward and if so how?
Because ACT3 Network shares the vision that we call missional-ecumenism we offer these two special events to the public on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
“Calvin & Aquinas: Friends or Foes in Understanding Paul’s Letter to the Romans?”
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Alberto’s Restaurant in the Holiday Inn, Carol Stream, Illinois
150 S Gary Ave Carol Stream, IL 60188
ACT3 Missional Forum
“Catholics and Evangelicals: Allies or Enemies?”
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Windsor Park Manor
124 Windsor Park Dr Carol Stream, IL 60188
The speaker at both events is Dr. Charles Raith II, assistant Professor of Religion & Philosophy at John Brown University. Dr. Raith received his Ph.D. from Ave Maria University, doing a doctoral dissertation on the theology of John Calvin and Thomas Aquinas in relationship to Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. He received an M.Th. from Regent College and an M.Div. from Beeson Divinity School.
You must also register for one, or both, of these events at www.act3network.com. Each event has a different registration and fee. Please visit the web site and sign up online.
Friday, April 19, 2013, 2:37 PM
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Much like the United States and the majority of Western nations, Scotland is moving into deeper darkness, as reported here, with some bias and approbation. St. Columba of Iona would weep. Scotland, once a major source of missionaries, was Presbyterian, and it seems could use some of the Presbyterian missionaries of Korea to re-evanglize the country. The Koreans are sending missionaries in droves, as reported last summer from the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton:
The number of Korean missionaries in 169 countries has exceeded 20,000 – more than doubling in 10 years. At this rate of growth, Korea is expected to surpass the United States as the top missionary-sending country in the world by the year 2020.
Scotland, of course, is moving along a path that has been followed for decades. The U.S. is not far behind. The report above also inadvertently suggests the link between the darkness and the desire for sexual license and the church’s approval of the new sexuality. As I recently heard a preacher ask, How can people decide not to know the difference between a man and a woman? Korean Christians know.
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