L. John Van Til

L. John Van Til

Dr. L. John Van Til is a fellow for humanities, faith, and culture with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.

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Liberty of Conscience in the Public Square: Challenges to the Affordable Care Act

December 16, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law

Editor’s note: The subject of this article is derived from a conference paper that Dr. Van Til will present at the 2014 Annual Conference in April.

It is not surprising that Obamacare, especially the HHS mandate, has generated dozens of … More>

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Understanding the “Wall of Separation” between traditional Republicans and the new conservatives

October 30, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

It’s evident in recent elections and day-to-day political clashes in Washington that there is a substantial divide between traditional Republicans and what we may term “new conservatives.” Oh yes, it’s true that there are shades of differences on each side … More>

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Is America’s House Divided Again?

January 25, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Having just viewed Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” and knowing that Lincoln’s birthday is approaching, it seemed fitting to ponder one of Lincoln’s most famous speeches, and perhaps a lesson for Americans today.

On June 17, 1858, Lincoln gave his famous “House … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Video Preview of Conference – April 19-20, 2012

March 23, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Conservative Mind in 2012

Register for the April 19-20 conference here>>

Dr. L. John Van Til will be a participant in an April 19-20 conference hosted by the The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College on “The Challenge 2012: The Divided More>

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How Will You Mark Thanksgiving?

November 21, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

How will you spend your Thanksgiving Day this year? Sleep in because you have extra days off? Settle down to watch football? Pull up a chair at four o’clock to eat a huge feast? Make plans for Black Friday, plotting … More>

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Should a Candidate’s Faith Be an Issue? Dealing With the Romney Question

November 18, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith remains a frequent news item as the 2012 election cycle grinds on. Not long ago, a Texas evangelist called Mormonism a cult and has since been sharply criticized for stating his views. On Halloween, CNN TodayMore>

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The Great Lisbon Earthquake: Thinking Theology and Natural Disasters

March 18, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

It was November 1, 1755, All Saints Day in the Roman Catholic faith. The churches were full as the faithful worshiped. Suddenly, the earth began to shake and continued for more than three minutes. The city of Lisbon, Portugal soon … More>

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From “Redeemer Nation” to Redeemer President

November 24, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Recently, I was re-reading a favorite book of mine that has been on my shelf within eyesight for decades. That book is Ernest Lee Tuveson’s Redeemer Nation: The Idea of America’s Millennial Role (Chicago, 1968). Though Tuveson does not use … More>

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The Historical Image of President Calvin Coolidge

October 7, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story

On March 30, 2010, fellow for law & humanities with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Dr. L. John Van Til—delivered a talk on “Thoughtful Cal, the Founders and the Progressives” as one of the Center’s American More>

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V&V PAPER — The Inspiration of the Declaration: President Calvin Coolidge

October 1, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, White Papers

To view or download the PDF of this paper, please click on the link below:

“The Inspiration of the Declaration: President Calvin Coolidge”

 

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Is There a Message in Lincoln’s Religion for Obama?

June 21, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Since the Rev. Jeremiah Wright incident during the last presidential campaign, there has been low-level grousing by many Christians regarding Obama’s religious convictions. He has claimed to be a Christian, but there is little traditional evidence of a consistent Christian … More>

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The Education of Sarah Palin: A Review of “Going Rogue: An American Life”

February 4, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Persuaders

“Going Rogue: An American Life” By Sarah Palin | HarperCollins (November 2009) | 432 pp. | List Price: $28.99

Most likely, millions of copies of Going Rogue have been sold in recent months because Sarah Palin inspires either great … More>

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What’s in a Word? Dissecting the “Middle Class” and “Populism”

January 26, 2010 | by | Topic: The Persuaders

Each day, political claims and terminology—astonishing or at least remarkable—pop up in the media. Consider two such current terms: “middle class” and “populism.”

In the wake of the Massachusetts senatorial election, a sudden cascade of speeches and press releases by … More>

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“Thinking” Cal Coolidge on the Declaration of Independence

June 29, 2009 | by | Topic: The American Story

Textbooks have pictured President Coolidge (1923-29) as an accidental, dim-witted president who said little, and thus, was dubbed “Silent Cal.” Actually, he was the most popular political figure in America throughout the 1920s. I have concluded that he should be … More>

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Meet John Podesta: Architect and Salesman for the New Progressivism

May 26, 2009 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Editor’s Note: Be sure to mark your calendar for April 15-16, 2010, when The Center for Vision & Values hosts its sixth annual conference on “The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup.”

John Podesta is a 60-year-old son of Italian/Greek immigrants, … More>

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V&V PAPER — Not “Silent Cal”—“Thinking Cal”: Correcting the Historical Image of Calvin Coolidge

February 27, 2009 | by | Topic: The American Story, White Papers

Editor’s Note: “How did this apparent political naïf, this so-called simpleton, this relic of the 19th century, become president? That is a question frequently pondered by conventional historians and political scientists in their best-selling texts. After penning a few lines More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with L. John Van Til

April 11, 2007 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.  Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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Understanding Islamic Jihad’s Challenge to America

January 19, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Last fall I visited Dearborn, Mich., to attend a high school class reunion. I arrived early enough to drive around my old neighborhood. To my surprise, it had become almost totally an Arab population. Every business I passed displayed Arab-English … More>

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V&V PAPER — Can America Be a Christian State or Nation?

November 1, 2006 | by | Topic: The American Story, White Papers

Editor’s note: L. John VanTil, Ph.D. is a professor and Fellow for Law and Humanities with the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.  He is the author of the book “Liberty of Conscience: The History of a More>

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Is the Terrorist Anxiety Quotient Rising?

February 21, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

It appears that news items over the past few days have deepened concern among Americans about terrorist threats. Is this deepened concern justified? Consider the following news items and then decide whether they are cause for greater anxiety about safety … More>

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Cartoons, Religion, and the Constitution

February 10, 2006 | by | Topic: The Persuaders

The Muhammad cartoon incident is the latest chapter in the 30-year-old revival of a world-wide jihad—holy war—against Christians and Jews. This revival was inspired by Osama bin Ladin’s friend and mentor Abdullah Azzam. Azzam was a Palestinian born, Cairo educated … More>

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The New Tolerance

January 22, 2006 | by | Topic: The Persuaders

Americans joyfully celebrate the holiday season in a variety of ways while tolerating one another’s religious and non-religious traditions. During the rest of the year, many Americans practice a new kind of tolerance that differs from the country’s historical roots.… More>

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Bin Laden’s Manifesto for Americans

August 3, 2004 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

American leaders, including United States Senators, who are supposed to be knowledgeable about foreign affairs, need to be more candid with the American public about Islamic terrorists’ goals and aspirations. The plain fact is that Islamic terrorists are out to … More>

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Christianity and Conservatism

July 8, 2004 | by | Topic: The American Story

After drafting an Op-Ed piece entitled “Ronald Reagan and the Face of Conservatism” this week, I resolved to also write a brief piece on the relationship between Christianity and Conservatism. Before heading up to my study to begin, my wife … More>

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Ronald Reagan and the Changing Face of Conservatism

July 7, 2004 | by | Topic: The American Story

The passing of Ronald Reagan is a good time to access his relationship to the Conservative movement in America. Without doubt Reagan shaped its ideology and direction more than any other person in the 20th century, affirming and advancing certain … More>

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A Footnote on Reagan’s “City on a Hill” Phrase

June 14, 2004 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

In recent days many Americans were deeply moved by the week-long farewell ceremony in honor of President Ronald Reagan. Among the many tributes were frequent references to his vision for America. Numerous speakers, including Vice President Cheney and Supreme Court … More>

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