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V&V Q&A: A History of Christianity in Pittsburgh

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. This latest edition of “V&V Q&A” is a discussion with author Dr. Gary S. Smith about his new book, A History of Christianity in Pittsburgh. Vision & Values (V&V): Dr. Smith, your latest book has just… Read more »

Healthcare Spending and the National Debt

In a recent article titled “Spending More on Debt than Defense,” author Mark Hendrickson highlights the interest payments on our rapidly growing national debt in relation to defense spending. By 2023, Hendrickson points out, interest payments on the national debt will exceed the amount spent on national defense. There is one factor, however, which could… Read more »

Remembering Soviet Dissidents and the Weaponization of Psychiatry

The New York Times obituary opened with a simple recitation of facts: “Zhores A. Medvedev, the Soviet biologist, writer and dissident who was declared insane, confined to a mental institution and stripped of his citizenship in the 1970s after attacking a Stalinist pseudoscience, died … in London.” Zhores Medvedev, his twin brother Roy (still alive… Read more »

Center for Vision & Values joins Excellence network

The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College has joined the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) Oases of Excellence network. The Center for Vision & Values joins a distinguished group of academic centers nationwide that promote rigorous academic standards and intellectual diversity on college campuses. The members of the Oases of Excellence network share… Read more »

Sex, Art and God: Carl Trueman Talks With Camille Paglia

For nearly three decades, Camille Paglia, Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, has been one of America’s most controversial and consistent public intellectuals.  Her writings have covered topics ranging from Aeschylus to Madonna; from Baroque art to liberal Presbyterian attitudes to human sexuality.  A truly independent thinker,… Read more »

Spending More on Debt than Defense

The financial health of the federal government has been deteriorating for decades. Unable to break free from our bipartisan addiction to deficit spending, the national debt has continued to rise relentlessly. This has brought us within sight of a grim milestone: the day when the interest that Americans have to pay on the national debt… Read more »

Teaching God at Thanksgiving

Every year at Thanksgiving I trek into Barnes & Noble for an annual ritual of self-mortification. I go to the children’s section and glimpse the offerings for Thanksgiving. It never ceases to be a painful experience. A friend of mine works in that section, stocking the latest catalogue of books that the corporate folks funnel… Read more »

Losing sight of the Great War in American History

The anniversary of the end of the Great War—despite President Donald Trump visiting pan-European ceremonies in France—passed almost unnoticed in the United States. This is noteworthy because 4,000,000 Americans were mobilized for the war and about 2,000,000 shipped to Europe, where 50,585 were killed in combat and another 200,000 suffered wounds. Another 100,000 American military… Read more »

The remarkable story of an American hero: Frank Kravetz

To help celebrate Veteran’s Day, we invite you to watch an episode of the animated series “Liberty Jr.”  In this 10 minute video, we share the story of an American hero: Frank Kravetz, a World War II veteran and former captive of Nuremberg Prison Camp. The freedoms we have today, many of which we merrily… Read more »

The Politics of E15

On October 9, President Donald Trump announced that he was lifting the EPA’s ban on summertime sales of E15—a motor fuel blend consisting of 15% ethanol instead of the usual 10%. Trump’s announcement is telling. It teaches much about politics, trade policy, and the sorry state of the environmentalist movement. That Trump’s announcement was politically… Read more »

Death at the Tree of Life Synagogue

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator. “Pray for us, I will call you later.” That was the text message we received from our 16-year-old daughter at 10:16 a.m. on Saturday morning as we drove down Liberty Avenue toward Pittsburgh’s Strip District. My wife called her immediately. “Are you okay? Were you… Read more »

Good News, Bad News about Divorce

First, the good news: “Millennials Are Causing the U.S. Divorce Rate to Plummet.” As reported by Ben Steverman on, Census Bureau data show that millennials’ divorce rate is so much lower than baby boomers’ divorce rate that the overall divorce rate has plunged by 18% from 2008 to 2016. The evidence indicates that young… Read more »

The New Gulags

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at First Things. As a new teacher at Grove City College, I thought it appropriate to start my upper-level humanities course by informing the students of my broad educational philosophy: I am over fifty. I no longer care what anyone except my wife thinks about me. That particularly applies… Read more »

America’s Religion of Hedonism

While visiting a breathtaking butterfly exhibit in the south, we saw two large rare butterflies, apparently mating. The interpreter, however, indicated that at this stage of their late adult lives, they were no longer fertile. One observer in our group asked, “Then why are they mating?” The interpreter replied, “Just for fun, I guess, just… Read more »

Who is Karl Marx? | PragerU video

When writing The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx thought he was providing a road to utopia, but everywhere his ideas were tried, they resulted in catastrophe and mass murder. In this video, Paul Kengor, Professor of Political Science at Grove City College, illuminates the life of the mild-mannered 19th Century German whose ideas led to the… Read more »

Requiem for the Pro-Life Movement

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at American Greatness. Is the pro-life movement on Capitol Hill dead? If it is, it’s congressional Republicans who have killed it. Funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—where nearly all federal pro-life policy resides—will pass a Republican Congress this month without a single new pro-life policy… Read more »

Impeachment of the President: Who Should We Consult? We Say the Founders

Impeachment was in the news recently after President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations. In his plea, Cohen implicated Trump, stating that he, as Trump’s attorney, had made payments to women at the direction of a “candidate for federal office.” Some journalists jumped with joy at the news, as… Read more »

Ready for Some Good News?

We are constantly bombarded with bad news. There are disasters, dangers, challenges, and woes. On the political scene, we find perpetual discord peppered with lurid denunciations and shrill condemnations. Media reports are alternately dismaying, disappointing, distressing, disgusting, or depressing. But despair not, friends: All is not lost! Here let me serve you a heaping helping… Read more »

A Lot Less Bluster and a Little More Sasse

Predictably, the start of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court was an embarrassing fiasco for almost everyone involved. The Republican chair of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley, had barely begun his opening remarks before Democratic Senator Kamala Harris interrupted to demand the meeting be adjourned, and less than two minutes in protestors… Read more »

Brett Kavanaugh Runs the Gauntlet

Between September 4 and 7, 2018, Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States, will face a barrage of questioning before the Senate. Kavanaugh is a 12-year veteran of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and was nominated to fill the vacancy left by Anthony Kennedy’s… Read more »