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Jul 13, 2024
Preserving the Human in Planet of the Apes
  Wonders are many, and none is more wonderful than man. – Sophocles   “I cant help thinking that somewhere in the universe there has to be something better than man.” So ponders astronaut George Taylor (played by Charlton Heston) in the 1968 original Planet of the Apes. Decades later, in an interview promoting Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, co-leads...
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Jul 13, 2024
The Return of Great Power Competition
  “We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.” – Lord Palmerston, March 1, 1848   The citizens of the United States are unique in that their sense of national identity is derived from ideas rather than an ethnic or language base. To the...
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Jul 13, 2024
A Prayer When You Are about to Break
  “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:17-18)   A few weeks ago, everything was going wrong. My depression was at an all-time high, my OCD was affecting my life negatively, and I felt too anxious...
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Jul 13, 2024
Former UK Evangelical Leader Charged With Sexual Assault
  The man at the center of one of Englands most prominent church abuse scandals is now facing criminal charges.   Jonathan Fletcher, the former vicar of Emmanuel Church Wimbledon, has been charged with indecent assault and grievous bodily harm for incidents that occurred 25 to 50 years ago, during his decades of leadership in the Church of England.   The 81-year-old appeared...
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Jul 13, 2024
Chinas Unique Challenge to the West
  In his lead forum essay, Captain Jerry Hendrix addresses the challenges of a multipolar world by envisioning “a broad alliance structure made up of self-determined democracies pursuing free market economies” in opposition to the “new authoritarian bloc” of Russia and China. He has done a great service by resituating America’s strategic position in the face of great power competition’s return....
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Jul 13, 2024
The Violence Inherent in the System
  In his 1968 book The Great Terror, the late historian Robert Conquest documented a number of Joseph Stalin’s atrocities and brutalities in the 1930s Soviet Union. Criticized for decades, Conquest was largely vindicated following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the opening of its archives. A story often circulated is that Conquest’s publisher suggested a revised edition of The...
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Jul 13, 2024
Emancipating the Constitution From Non
  The biggest challenge to the rise of originalism is precedent. Although originalism is enjoying more support in the judiciary and in the academy than it has in a century, hundreds of non-originalist Supreme Court precedents still shape our legal world. That means originalists face a clear dilemma: If they allow these precedents to dominate, constitutional doctrine will remain non-originalist, except...
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Jul 13, 2024
Evangelical Presbyterians Take on Debate Over Celibate Gay Pastors
  A Presbyterian denomination that prides itself on unity in nonessentials has found its cooperative ministry model strained by the latest discussion of human sexuality.   Presbyterian historian Donald Fortson has been a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) since its inception in 1981, and he says he has never seen a more raucous General Assembly than this years gathering, held...
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Jul 13, 2024
How to Receive the Rest Jesus Promised
  How to Receive the Rest Jesus Promised   By Aaron D’Anthony Brown   “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For my yoke is easy and my burden is...
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Jul 13, 2024
Christian Billionaire Found Guilty of Massive Wall Street Fraud
  Supporters of Christian investor and philanthropist Bill Hwang closed their eyes and prayed in federal court as they waited for a verdict on a case accusing him of massive Wall Street fraud. Hwang himself, serene throughout the proceedings, read a Bible devotional and took notes in the marginsa practice he had done throughout the trialas he awaited the jurys ruling....
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Jul 13, 2024
NetChoice and the “Big Tech” Scare
  In 2021, conservative lawmakers were concerned about so-called “Big Tech” censorship. Fresh in their minds was Twitter’s and Facebook’s suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story, as well as those platforms’ decision, in the wake of the January 6 Capitol riot, to ban Donald Trump from their services.   In Florida and Texas, this concern translated into a pair of statutes...
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Jul 13, 2024
A Prayer for When Someone You Love Walks away from Their Faith
  A Prayer for When Someone You Love Walks away from Their Faith   By Chris Eyte   “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.” - Song of Songs 2:15   I remember the very last session of the year-out discipleship course that I did with a group of wonderful men and women...
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