Category Archives: Philosophical thoughts

A Christ-like Nation Rather Than a Christian One (1)

The founders of our nation varied in doctrine but they shared passionately in the religiopolitical commitment that the new nation should be a land of religious tolerance.  From Washington’s condemnation of “Pope Night” (albeit for practical purposes2) in 1775 to … Continue reading

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The Bad-tasting Goulash of a National Holiday

Let me begin with a personal note—I am the uncle of career service personnel and the son of a man who carried the emotional wounds of war all his life.  I have friends who bear still the wounds of Viet … Continue reading

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What a University Community Needs to Learn from a Kindergarten Teacher

Earlier this spring the administration of Vanderbilt University enforced a policy long held but not articulated.  It stated that any student interested in joining a campus-affiliated group must be allowed to do so and be given a shot at leadership. … Continue reading

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Why I Tend To Be A “Socialist” (It has to do with Jesus…)

Well, let’s define “socialist” first—at least for the purpose of this short essay.  A socialist is someone who believes that the community at large, the community of citizens, should provide via the government for the needs of each and all. … Continue reading

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A response to the dilemma of abortion or You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You

Let’s begin with a definition of the action. The abortion I’m writing about is the intentional ending of a pregnancy that to everyone’s knowledge is normal, that is, among other factors of normalcy there is no indication of birth defects … Continue reading

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