Do not forget that the human being is “an obstinate and perverse creature,” one who “repeatedly refuses or fails to follow in the steps of God.” Every nation and person does evil, “some people spend most of their lives in doing” so, and unless God redeems we are doomed to deny our kinship with God and sink into a subhuman state, even into slime.
Harvard University recently gave Oprah Winfrey an honorary doctorate, a depressingly appropriate award given that her taste in literature and vapid quality of thought trump the classics on most American campuses these days. One is far more likely to hear a recent college graduate gushing about the poetry of Maya Angelou (or any of Oprah’s [...]
The mindless pursuit of short-term pleasure at any cost is the best way to describe the phenomenon we now know as addiction. Cocaine offers anyone who snorts a little powder the same feeling he would have if he had won the world’s most attractive spouse, beaten his enemies to death with the Academy Award he won, then carried his bride up Mount Everest. All this, from a little snort of powder.
In France, the educations received by students in every region are as identical as hundreds of thousands of Twinkies. If that is the kind of future you favor for America, by all means sign on and support the Common Core.
There has never been a better time to consider a career in journalism. Newspapers are thriving, magazines are innovating, online journalism listicles are becoming more substantive, and cable-news talking heads are shouting at holograms. Journalists are living up to our reputation as the country’s most trusted profession (at least compared to IRS agents and American [...]
Student radicals are at it again. Extremist student environmentalists continue to promote their radical agenda of fossil-fuel divestment on campuses across the country. ISI student leader and IR Online blogger Danielle Charette (Swarthmore ’14) is at the center of this controversy.
The name of Jesus made me recoil in anger. Oh, I was OK with a certain range of “live and let live,” but I was also in a war against stupid. “Live and let live” meant to keep your religious practice in the closet. While Freud considered the Christian faith pathological, I considered it applied [...]
In his famous essay, The Abolition of Man C.S.Lewis does intellectual battle with two mediocre educators who had written a book on literary criticism for high school students. In it, they asserted: When the man said “This is sublime” he appeared to be making a remark about the waterfall…. Actually he was not making a [...]
Buzzfeed pointed me to a funny list of “27 Middle Class Problems.” While I can’t help but laugh at some yuppie’s dilemma it does pain me a bit to think that my conception of suffering isn’t too far off. We’re now so good at diminishing suffering that all we have to complain about are #firstworldproblems. Is this a problem?
Leo Strauss wrote a book called Persecution and the Art of Writing in which he describes how persecution gives rise to a peculiar technique of writing. Online writing is no exception. Here are 7 tips based on Strauss’s insights that have been reinvented for modern relevance.
At Vassar College, students advocating for free market solutions to environmental problems are mocked, isolated, and disrespected. Stanley Kurtz argues that the corruption goes beyond the student government, and reflects a less-than-diverse intellectual culture among faculty and administrators as well.