Media & Culture

2017-2018 Opening Convocation – Grove City College – Hon. Paul J. McNulty ’80

2017-2018 Opening Convocation – Grove City College – Hon. Paul J. McNulty ’80

On August 29, 2017, Grove City College’s ninth president, the Hon. Paul J. McNulty ’80, delivered the 2017-18 Opening Convocation. The inspiring address embraced students, faculty, administration, and staff to the College’s interconnected values of faithfulness, excellence, community, stewardship and … More>

Who was David Rittenhouse? Setting the Record Straight on a Forgotten American Founder

Who was David Rittenhouse? Setting the Record Straight on a Forgotten American Founder

In fictionalized accounts of historical events, writers inevitably project incomplete portraits of characters or recast the characters for dramatic purposes. Historical fiction can be a creative and rewarding means of storytelling and thought-provoking historical commentary. One recent case in which … More>

Boy Scouts: Kind No More

Boy Scouts: Kind No More

The Boy Scouts have announced that children who are biologically female but identify as male may now be scouts. By so doing they have joined a movement whose understanding of gender would make perfect sense to a typical 3-year-old, but … More>

Where’s Our Outrage?

Where’s Our Outrage?

After Katie Rich, a Saturday Night Live writer, tweeted last week that 10-year-old Barron Trump “will be this country’s first homeschool shooter,” she was widely lambasted on social media. Her inappropriate, insensitive remarks deserve to be widely denounced. No child … More>

The Center for Vision & Values Presents: Top 10 of 2016

The Center for Vision & Values Presents: Top 10 of 2016

2016 has been a fantastic year for The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. We celebrated an all-time high in website traffic, an exponential growth in social media (approaching 35,000 Facebook fans), and a record number of … More>

George W. Bush: Deadlier Than Stalin? Our Profound Ignorance of the Crimes of Communism

George W. Bush: Deadlier Than Stalin? Our Profound Ignorance of the Crimes of Communism

“Many Millennials Think Bush Killed More Than Stalin.” Such was the surreal subject head sitting in my email box one morning. “Holy @#$%!” wrote a colleague in response. “This is mind-boggling…. This is scary, scary, scary.”

It sure is. It … More>

The Great Ty Cobb

The Great Ty Cobb

Editor’s note: A version of this review first appeared at the Claremont Review of Books.

Charles Leerhsen’s “Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty” may be the most important baseball book in decades. It is historically significant in two respects: First, it … More>

STREAMING VIDEO – 2015 – Ninth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture

STREAMING VIDEO – 2015 – Ninth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture

In the Ninth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture, “Reagan for the Millennials,” best-selling Reagan biographer and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, Paul Kengor, interviews two special guests: Andrew Coffin ’98, Young America’s Foundation … More>

Dickens’ Christmas Mystery

Dickens’ Christmas Mystery

For fun Christmas reading this season, I highly recommend John Grisham’s “Skipping Christmas,” or Maeve Binchy’s “This Year It Will Be Different.” For a more thought-provoking read, however, I suggest Charles Dickens’ short story, “A Christmas Tree.”

Art work by … More>

My Imperfect Thanks

My Imperfect Thanks

Christian psychologist David Myers, in his writing and speaking about happiness, has suggested that long-term human happiness is not particularly dependent on our wealth or health. If you tell him that a year ago one person won millions of dollars … More>

STREAMING VIDEO – Vietnam Veterans were cheated, the American people slandered, and history changed: A shocking expose

STREAMING VIDEO – Vietnam Veterans were cheated, the American people slandered, and history changed: A shocking expose

On April 7, 2014, Charles Wiley, of Accuracy in Media, gave a fascinating lecture at Grove City College about the Vietnam War. Wiley knew many of the key players in Vietnam. During critical periods, he had one-on-one interviews with General … More>

Is heaven for real?

Is heaven for real?

The movie “Heaven Is for Real,” based on The New York Times bestseller of the same name, made an impressive debut last week. The film recounts the near-death experience (NDE) of then 4-year-old Colton Burpo as told by his father, … More>

Firearms Discussion (Part V): “Reasonable” or “Sensible” Firearms Policies?

Firearms Discussion (Part V): “Reasonable” or “Sensible” Firearms Policies?

President Obama routinely promotes his firearms policies with the adjectives “reasonable” or “sensible,” and he probably believes quite sincerely that his proposals are just that. Implicit in such adjectives, however, is that those who disagree with him (including, I suppose, … More>

V&V Q&A With Drs. Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter on “Getting Jefferson Right”

V&V Q&A With Drs. Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter on “Getting Jefferson Right”

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition, we interview the co-authors of ”Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims About Our Third President.” Dr. Warren More>

The Tea Party vs. NPR

The Tea Party vs. NPR

“The current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party, is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian,” said NPR’s Ron Schiller to two undercover reporters. “I wouldn’t even call it Christian; it’s this weird evangelical kind of [movement].”… More>

The 50th Anniversary of a Historic Speech

The 50th Anniversary of a Historic Speech

This September 12 marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s historic speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association in which he countered religious objections to his candidacy and promised to honor the separation of church and state. This speech … More>

Are We All Ideologues Now?

Are We All Ideologues Now?

New media have shaped our political culture. Some, like talk radio and all-news cable stations, are developments of older, established technologies. Others, like internet blogs, are based on comparatively new technologies. Yet, both venues have provided congenial habitats for that … More>

First, Do No Harm

First, Do No Harm

As a psychology professor I teach students who plan to be practitioners of social science. They have been moved with compassion by the problems so many people face, such as being in a painful marriage or having a child with … More>

Progressing Backwards

Progressing Backwards

Editor’s note: This article first appeared through the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is hereby granted, provided that the author and the Center More>

Gore Unhinged

Gore Unhinged

“How can ANYONE take this man seriously?” writes Marilyn, a frequent reader of our Center for Vision & Values articles.

Attached to Marilyn’s email was this headline, “Gore compares climate change fight to war against Nazis.” As the accompanying article … More>

Slumdogs and Slavery

Slumdogs and Slavery

On the Monday morning following the Oscars, U.S. news websites splashed the announcement that the “little film that could,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” had garnered the Best Picture of 2008 award. Buried on many of the same web sites was the news … More>

Howard Dean’s Presidential Victory

Howard Dean’s Presidential Victory

“George Bush is not my neighbor!”
—Howard Dean, January 2004

Five years ago, George W. Bush finished the last good year of his presidency. Things were looking up. The Democratic front-runners seeking their party’s presidential nomination lauded the historic accomplishments … More>

Ignorance is Not Bliss

Ignorance is Not Bliss

Quick, attempt the following:  Name the three branches of the federal government. Recognize the speech where the words “of the people, by the people, and for the people” come from. Identify the female judge on American Idol.

The Intercollegiate … More>

Today’s Frankensteins

Today’s Frankensteins “Man,” I cried, “how ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom! Cease; you know not what it is you say.”
—Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, volume III, chapter 7

With the help of Hollywood—though often to its detriment—Mary Shelley’s 19th century … More>

Sarah Palin, Slasher

Sarah Palin, Slasher

Contrary to a widely circulated report in Tuesday’s Washington Post, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, did not slash funding for a program supporting teen mothers.

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane reported that “Palin Slashed Funding for … More>

The Power of the Media

The Power of the Media

So powerful are the media that they have been referred to as the fourth branch of government. Indeed, they can make or break reputations. Example: when former Vice President Dan Quayle misspelled “potato” by adding an “e,” the press magnified … More>

Movie review: “Hairspray”

Movie review: “Hairspray”

“Hairspray”—the film adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name—is trite and formulaic. Some of its key characters are mere caricatures. I can’t remember the words or melody of any of its songs. And on top of that, I … More>

Opening Day for America

Opening Day for America

This Monday marks one of the most significant dates in the calendar year: Opening Day for Major League Baseball.

There is, of course, no greater sport than baseball—a fact that is one of those indisputable laws of the universe. It … More>

Hometown Newspaper Heroes

Hometown Newspaper Heroes

Each morning my local county newspaper shows up late. Speaking with the delivery man and calling the office hasn’t changed things. So, rather than canceling the 20,089 daily circulation paper I continue reading the local news with my coffee … … More>

Pursuing Happiness on Black Friday

Pursuing Happiness on Black Friday

Many Americans participated in consumerism-gone-wild sales during the Thanksgiving holiday. Should we be thankful for this retail madness these sales generate?

The conversation at my in-laws’ feast was filled with typical Thanksgiving talk: family, God’s blessings and shopping sales. My … More>

Readings Outside the Box

Readings Outside the Box

A joint book review of Rod Dreher’s Crunchy Cons and Bill Kauffman’s Look Homeward, America

Over a decade has passed since the fall of Soviet Communism, but in America, the two political parties essentially defined by their approach to the … More>

Today’s Media Does WWII

Today’s Media Does WWII

In a fascinating documentary about Dwight Eisenhower, entitled, “Ike: The War Years,” one particularly arresting scene shows the general (superbly played by Robert Duvall) standing before a room filled with reporters, all ravenous to snatch the least lagniappes of hard … More>

Cartoons, Religion, and the Constitution

Cartoons, Religion, and the Constitution

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>

The New Tolerance

The New Tolerance

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>

Happy Holyday

Happy Holyday

This Christmas season is just getting stranger as we go.

All over the place people are trying to figure out what to say to each other (“Happy holiday(s),” “Merry Christmas,” “Get out of my way, I want that iPod”) and … More>

Those “First Christmases After”

Those “First Christmases After”

While I cannot say I look forward to Christmas, I celebrate it, even if less enthusiastically as time passes. Perhaps it’s the “bah humbug factor” that comes with fading eyesight and the other vicissitudes of what is, however—at least for … More>

It’s the Story, Stupid!

It’s the Story, Stupid!

Summer’s arrival means one thing to Hollywood: money. For decades summer blockbusters have represented both Hollywood’s largest budgets and revenues. Not looking to impress the Academy with thought-provoking scripts or virtuoso acting performances, movie studios offer roller-coasters not Shakespeare-in-the-park.

Perhaps … More>

Abstain From Danger

Abstain From Danger

Are abstinence education programs dangerous’ A recent editorial in the Philadelphia Daily News titled “Real Sex Ed for Real Lives” by ACLU staffers Nancy Hopkins and Louise Melling opines, “If the president gets what he asked for, the federal government … More>

No Name Calling Week Revisited

No Name Calling Week Revisited

Recently I wrote a column criticizing an event known as “No Name Calling Week.” NNCW is an event created by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Educators Network to address name calling and gay public policy objectives all at once. Since … More>

Principle or Pragmatism?

Principle or Pragmatism?

A little success is a dangerous thing, especially with regard to a political movement fuelled by ideas. Perhaps some sober self-examination at this time of inauguration would be prudent, if only as a healthy antidote to current conservative triumphalism.

Yes, … More>

The Clinton-Gore-Albright Unilateral Strike on Iraq

The Clinton-Gore-Albright Unilateral Strike on Iraq

We’re being told by Democrats that the Bush administration’s war against Saddam was illegitimate because it allegedly lacked United Nations approval and sufficient multilateral support. What Democrats are not saying is that the previous presidential administration—a Democratic one—did not meet … More>

Parody: Blazing Headlines!

Parody: Blazing Headlines!

First, the background.  In one of the funniest movies ever produced, Blazing Saddles, Mel Brooks managed to spoof both Westerns and racial prejudice by inserting an African-American Sheriff into a town called Rock Ridge, a place saturated with citizens who … More>

To CBS: Here’s Your Sign

To CBS: Here’s Your Sign

The principle culprit of the major media’s latest round of non-stop insipid news coverage is of course CBS News and its Sixty Minutes II report based on what the network claimed was a number of documents that cast doubt on … More>

The ’64 Dogs

The ’64 Dogs

Forty years after we graduated about half the Sheffield High School class of 1964 gathered on a July Saturday night at a local Holiday Inn for our fortieth reunion.  Four decades had passed since I left Sheffield, Alabama.

Located in … More>

Prime Time Spirituality

Prime Time Spirituality

If you knew me, you might guess that I am excited about the prominent role of spirituality in this fall’s prime time television line-up. I am, after all, a former Baptist minister who teaches in a church-related liberal arts college … More>