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William F. Buckley Jr. was a strong Catholic and probably the most influential conservative of his generation. Recently, Dennis Prager wrote a column titled, Conservatives, too, undergo secular indoctrination. In that column Prager wrote in American terms, the American conservative I most admired, William F. Buckley Jr., the founder and publisher of National Review, was […]

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From childhood throughout life, we are indoctrinated to believe that giving up shows we are weak and cowardly. We are encouraged to keep trying, even when we know failure is imminent. Parents encourage us from the time we learn to walk all the way through to adulthood; don’t give up. School teachers and coaches drive […]

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the courage and heroism of the Texas man who exchanged gunfire with the Texas church murderer and the driver who happened upon the scene and chased the killer at high speeds to make sure no one else was harmed. They also shake their heads at the instant gun control demands coming in the wake of yet another massacre, when the murderer should already have been ineligible to own firearms. And they react to the increasingly common refrain from the political left for people of faith to stop praying in response to such carnage and “do something” instead.

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I just finished Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean and the End of the Lane” for the second time. And I am left wishing that I could un-remember it as the protagonist does in the story. This is just about as high-praise as I can give. I want to forget the whole thing so that I can […]

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He stood there, if it could be called standing, and surveyed the horizon. Pristine. The sunlight warmed his face and every exposed surface – radiating layers of warmth to various degrees even beneath the superficial layers of the earth. Oxygen atoms danced through the air like children newly released to a playground, unconstrained, in absolutely […]

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We pray. Christians pray to the triune G-d. This post is one in a series on Christian prayer, and how we learn to pray from the Lord’s Prayer. Today we come to the “petition” where we ask our Heavenly Father for stuff. We cannot help but be self-centered in wanting stuff, but as we learn […]

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After a three-week delay, I am continuing my series on Christian prayer. Christians pray to G-d, and we learn how to pray from the Bible and from fellow Christians. Sometimes we even borrow from non-Christian sources. Our chief source is generally the Lord’s Prayer, because that is where Jesus taught His Disciples to pray. Here […]

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Very early in my marriage, just over 25 years ago, my bride plunged cheerfully into contemporary Christian music. At that time, I was still squarely in the Jimmy Buffett phase of life and looking forward to many years of carefree, escapist music. In college (Go Hokies!), I had finally been exposed to some new sounds […]

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As I write this, there is a thin blanket of snow on the ground and the sun is just rising. It’s rising near the crossing of two ridges in the distance that form a ‘V’ and creates a landmark that is very close to the point in the sky that the sun dips at solstice. […]

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We are reviewing orthodox Christian teachings on how to pray by examining the Lord’s Prayer. In this week’s lesson we consider what it means to pray for G-d’s Kingdom to come. G-d’s kingdom is everything. He made the universe and everything in it. He made us and we belong to Him. So, why do we […]

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We are reviewing orthodox Christian teachings on how to pray by examining the Lord’s Prayer. Here is the Lord’s Prayer, from Matthew, Chapter 6: 9 Pray then like this: More

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This is part two of my series on the teachings of orthodox Christians regarding prayer. We commonly teach about prayer by using the prayer that Jesus taught to His disciples. It is found in the Sermon on the Mount. From Matthew Chapter 6: More

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Christians pray. The Bible teaches us to pray, and prayer is discussed in many passages in the Bible. As a continuation of my exploration of the boundaries of Christian orthodoxy, I want to take a look at Christian teachings on prayer. My intent is to find how far we go together in agreement as Christian […]

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This is to summarize my series of posts on the Ten Commandments. The point of this exercise was to begin an exploration of the boundaries of orthodox Christianity. So far we have established that all Christians who consider themselves “orthodox” are in agreement about teachings on the Ten Commandments. That is a lot of agreement. […]

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Here is a new exploration of the bounds of orthodoxy in Christianity. I have been progressing through the Ten Commandments, at the beginning of a program to delineate the boundaries of what can be called “orthodox” among Christians. So far we are mostly in agreement. This week we will look at another Commandment, this time […]

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One of my Rico-friends asked me this question recently. Then, no more than a day or two later, a flesh-and-blood friend made the same enquiry, and in more or less the same, slightly weirded-out spirit. “You sound so normal,” goes the subtext. “It doesn’t make sense that you are…you know…religious.” More

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Here is a new exploration of the bounds of orthodoxy in Christianity. I have been progressing through the Ten Commandments, at the beginning of a program to delineate the boundaries of what can be called “orthodox” among Christians. So far we are mostly in agreement. This week we will look at another Commandment, this time […]

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book-sand-smallThe tension between religion and science, at a sociological level, does not exist. There are plenty of religious scientists and scientific believers, and they do not walk around all day clutching their foreheads trying to relieve the pressure of intense cognitive dissonance. On the contrary, the obvious point that there cannot be two contradictory truths denotes an agreeable and elegant unity between the two approaches, whether one views them as a tightly intersected Venn diagram or as non-overlapping magisteria that deal with separate but equally-valid truths.

All is not as peaceful as it first appears, however. With the decline of popular religious feeling and the ascendance of popular science, many religious people have come to view the claims of religion – and indeed, everything else – in a scientific light. It is not so much that there is science and there is religion and they are both avenues to the truth(s), but rather that science is all knowledge but religion can exist comfortably as its subset, as the rational belief in the irrational or whatever.

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Christians, this is to continue my exploration of orthodoxy, continuing with teachings derived from the Ten Commandments. From Exodus, chapter 20, we have this Commandment: 15 “You shall not steal. More

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