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How to Wear a Polo Shirt

July 28, 2017

And here I thought I knew. There’s a good tutorial at The Art of Manliness.

AIG Reclaims the Rainbow

July 28, 2017

Read Ben Zornes’s comments here.

So, the Ark Encounter exhibit has marvelously trolled this deep conviction of the GQBLT tolerance crowd. Do they really have respect for all cultures, including Christian culture? If so, why have they appropriated Christian culture and used it contrary to our “deeply held beliefs”? If dressing up in a hijab, or blackface, or warbonnets, or gangster garb is so offensive, shouldn’t they show more respect to such a sacred component of Christian culture, doctrine, and symbolism?

Introducing Christopher Dawson

July 28, 2017

If you’re a conservative–or even if you just think you are–Christopher Dawson is one of the names with which you should become familiar. The Imaginative Conservative has published a long-form article by Russell Hittinger that serves as a useful introduction.

As one sits in the pews of many Christian churches today, he has his attention called to world-historical issues: to the “new” historical moment of the nuclear arms race; to the movements for social justice in the Third World; to the struggle to liberate men and women from structures of “patriarchal oppression;” and, in general, his attention is called to all sorts of momentous issues which are linked together by hyphens along what Kierkegaard called the “prodigious railroad” of world history. Rather than being addressed as individuals who need to cultivate the virtue of justice—as well as the other interior excellences of the soul—we are all too often invited from the pulpit to jump aboard the caboose of the train of world history lest it pass us by altogether.

A New Hymn

July 27, 2017

Actually, an old psalm (Psalm 122), newly metricized. Along with a reflection on Jerusalem.

Jewish Baptistery Discovered Under Al-Aqsa Mosque

July 27, 2017

Back in 1927 an earthquake damaged the Al-Aqsa mosque, which occupies the Temple Mount. During the repairs Robert Hamilton, a British archaeologist, was allowed to sift through the rubble, but he was forced to hide much of what he found. Certain artifacts were hidden away, but have now come to light as part of the Antiquities Authority archives at the Rockefeller Museum. Among other things, it appears that the Al-Aqsa mosque is built over the site of a mikveh, a baptismal pool in which Jewish worshippers would immerse before entering the temple.

More recent discoveries indicate that a Byzantine church occupied the temple mount before the Muslims built the Al-Aqsa mosque.  Evidently these discoveries are creating a bit of a stir. Read the entire story at Israel Hayom.

Hechinger Report Argues for More Homeschooling Recognition

July 27, 2017

Despite Opposition, Homeschooling Is Thriving.” So writes William Heuer in an opinion piece that was even acknowledged by Education Week.

Homeschooling has been legal in all 50 states since 1993. Yet relatively little information is made available to parents about homeschooling as an option. In Massachu­setts, for example, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education lists and links to all private and parochial schools in the commonwealth. Yet its website provides no equivalent links to statewide homeschooling organizations. Why leave out valuable information that could assist families when making educational decisions?

The Vice President’s Speech on Israel

July 26, 2017

To Christians United for Israel. The full text is here. It’s mostly good politics. Theologically? Well, there’s this:

Ezekiel prophesized: “Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live.” And the State of Israel and her people bear witness to God’s faithfulness, as well as their own.

How unlikely was Israel’s birth, how more unlikely has been her survival, and how confounding, against the odds, has been her thriving.