The Content of Character

KAL 007 and MH17 … A Presidential Response

July 21, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator.

This generation has its KAL 007. The stunning downing of Malaysian flight 17 is strikingly similar to the shock of September 1, 1983, when the Russians … More>

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God and Dick Scaife

July 7, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in The American Spectator.

I was saddened to wake up the morning of July 4 and learn that Richard Mellon Scaife, Pittsburgh billionaire, conservative philanthropist extraordinaire, and spearhead of Hillary Clinton’s ominous “vast right-wing … More>

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A Decent Respect: Renewing the Spirit of ‘76

July 4, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

July 4, 1776 gave birth to perhaps the most revolutionary political document in the history of civilization, submitted by men who proclaimed, “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, … More>

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Correcting history: How Vietnam Vets were embraced

July 3, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Why is it that the American people rejected our troops who served in Vietnam? We know all about the protests not only against the war, but against those who served. Why were there no demonstrations of support? Why was there … More>

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WWI and the Second Fall of Man

June 27, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

On June 28, 1914, a Bosnian-Serb student named Gavrilo Princip killed Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, the duchess. It was the shot-heard-round-the-world, unleashing a series of events that by August 1914 embroiled Europe in war. That deadly summer … More>

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Being “offended” does not constitute an “establishment” of religion: The Supreme Court and Elmbrook School District

June 25, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The Law

The Elmbrook School District operates two public high schools in suburban Wisconsin. Finding that its own gymnasiums were cramped, hot, and uncomfortable, and at the request of students, it decided to move joint graduation ceremonies to a local Protestant church … More>

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The tragedy to end all tragedies?

June 24, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character

The Great War (sometimes in America it was termed the European War) was triggered by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, 100 years ago this week, on June 28, 1914. The war was a continuation of the fragile … More>

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STREAMING AUDIO – Dr. Paul Kengor on Eagle Forum Live with Phyllis Schlafly

June 16, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

In case you missed it, last month, the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Dr. Paul Kengor—was the featured guest on Eagle Forum Live with Phyllis Schlafly.  During the show, Kengor talks about what … More>

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Daddy, daddy, are you OK?

June 13, 2014 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

I took my first CPR course as a young adult, as required by my employer. I had taken an entry level job as a residential manager (houseparent), working with handicapped adults in a small group home setting. I was being … More>

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Hats off to all the fathers who are men

June 11, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

This isn’t going to be one of those sentimental Father’s Day articles, even though that is what I would prefer. This article will have a bit of an edge to it. Please excuse my bluntness, but fatherhood is serious business, … More>

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Ronald Reagan’s core principles and what they may look like today: Q&A with Dr. Paul Kengor

June 5, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this Q&A was first published in the Values & Capitalism Blog of the American Enterprise Institute.

V&C:  How did you decide upon these 11 qualities to encapsulate what it means to be a … More>

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AUDIO – V&V executive director guest hosts the “Glen Meakem on the Weekend” radio show

June 2, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Law

In case you missed it, this past weekend, the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Dr. Paul Kengor—filled in as guest host of the “Glen Meakem on the Weekend” radio program.  During the show, … More>

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The Five Bailey Brothers of World War II

May 23, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Every Memorial Day I attend a parade in the little town of Mercer, Pa. It’s pure Americana: flags, kids, the snow-cone stand, marching bands, local clubs and rotaries, and veterans of wars past processing down the street.

Every year, one … More>

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The ultimate sacrifice: Remembering American heroes

May 21, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Last year on Memorial Day, my wife, daughter and I were touring Cambridge, England. We took a bus ride three miles out of the city to the U.S. military cemetery there–one of 25 American burial grounds administered by the … More>

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America’s civil religion: Presidents and Memorial Day

May 19, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Throughout American history presidents have often used religious rhetoric for various reasons: to provide comfort and consolation, argue that God providentially directs our nation, celebrate our Christian heritage, defend democracy, hold citizens and the country accountable to transcendent standards, help … More>

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“Heaven is for Real” and the Gospel of Life

May 16, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at thecatholicthing.org.

I recently bought the book “Heaven is for Real” and saw the movie. That was unusual for me. I don’t typically do the books and movies everyone else is … More>

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A nuclear 1914? Rising stakes in Ukraine and America

May 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at FoxNews.com.

Unrest continues to grow in Ukraine, particularly in light of Sunday’s vote by two eastern regions that overwhelmingly passed a referendum in favor of self-rule.

Government buildings continue to fall to Russian … More>

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Teacher Appreciation Week: Lunch with Mr. Walters

May 5, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Last fall I described the apparently miraculous way in which I located the one person in the world I was searching for—my seventh and eighth grade English teacher, Mr. Ted Walters, the man who taught me how to write and … More>

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

April 30, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

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>

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Is heaven for real?

April 25, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

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>

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TheBlaze Q&A: An interview with Dr. Paul Kengor

April 23, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: A longer version of this Q&A first appeared at TheBlaze.com.

What do you most hope that readers take away from your book?

Kengor: I want Republicans and conservatives to understand the difference between conservatism, libertarianism, and progressivism. As … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Faith, Family & Federated

April 21, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

What’s it like to manage $350 billion, including a quarter-trillion in money market funds that countless people depend upon on a daily basis … especially during a financial crisis? It’s a huge responsibility that requires a high degree of financial … More>

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The might and majesty of the risen Savior

April 17, 2014 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

At Eastertime, Christians rejoice and give praise for the resurrection of mankind’s Savior.

Words often fall short of communicating the full magnificence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let me try by offering that he was the most complete package ever … More>

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Forgiveness Incarnate

April 16, 2014 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

On the cross, Christ personified ultimate forgiveness. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Christ is forgiveness incarnate.

Our responsibility to “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14) requires us to practice forgiveness. Indeed, … More>

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The politics of St. Paul

April 8, 2014 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

In Romans 13:1-7 the apostle Paul writes: “[A ruler] is the minister of God to thee for good” (v. 3); “Wherefore ye must needs be subject…” (v. 5); “…pay ye tribute [taxes]” (v. 6).

St. Paul seems to be saying … More>

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Recent presidents and religious liberty

April 2, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Law, The Path to Freedom

American presidents have played a major role in fostering religious liberty at home and abroad. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison strongly supported the separation of church and state and freedom of worship. Washington used his enormous influence … More>

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God and Jesus, Politics and Government

March 27, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Is God a Democrat? A Republican? Was Jesus a conservative, liberal, socialist, or libertarian? Those are jarring questions. Yet, because faith informs one’s values and values inform one’s political leanings, it is understandable why religion and politics often intersect and overlap. … More>

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A Renewed Reagan Conservatism

March 26, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at TheBlaze.com.

A rudderless Republican Party, afraid to assert itself in the face of a rising liberal/progressive onslaught. A confident Democratic Party in the White House, undermining the nation, its economy, and its foreign … More>

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Pending Supreme Court Rulings (Part Three) – “Will the First Amendment Protect the Religious Liberty of Businesses? The Cases of Conestoga Wood Specialties and Hobby Lobby Stores”

March 24, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Law

Conestoga Wood Specialties is a wood cabinets business located in Lancaster County, Pa. It is organized as a for-profit corporation and the voting shares are owned by members of a single family—the Hahns. They are Mennonite Christians. Conestoga … More>

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Mother Nature? Nature is not our mother

March 21, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

News stories from around the country focus on blizzards, ice storms, tornadoes, droughts, and other natural disasters. It seems that we live at the mercy of Mother Nature. We do not control our lives; Mother Nature instead controls us.

G. … More>

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President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative

March 19, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Recently, President Obama announced the creation of a new program to help Latino and African-American males. Not surprisingly, he called this initiative “My Brother’s Keeper.” During his presidency, Obama has used this biblical phrase more than 60 times to support … More>

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Ronald Reagan’s City of God

March 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Paul Kengor’s new book 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative. Among the principles is faith. A version of this article first appeared at RealClearReligion.org.

Conservatives constantly talk of freedom.

Freedom. Freedom. More>

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AUDIO – Ukraine and Russia: Insights from a Cold War Hero

March 11, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

In case you missed it, this past weekend Roger Robinson was a guest on “Glen Meakem on the Weekend” to discuss the recent events in Ukraine and Russia. Robinson was one of our fascinating guests at the recent Eighth Annual … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Eighth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture

March 6, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture Series, Ronald Reagan Lectures, Streaming Video, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

In the Eighth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture—“Reaganomics and the World: Then and Today”—best-selling Reagan biographer and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Paul Kengor—interviews two special guests (Art Laffer, champion … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – C-SPAN BOOK-TV – 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative

March 5, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

On February 21, 2014, Dr. Paul Kengor, political science professor at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, spoke before a sold-out audience at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California. The event … More>

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Obama should study the history of Reaganomics

March 3, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Last Tuesday, The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College hosted its eighth Ronald Reagan Lecture, a much-anticipated annual event. This year featured Art Laffer and Roger Robinson. … More>

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Pending Supreme Court Rulings (Part One) – “Abortion and free speech: The granny who will not be silenced”

February 24, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The Law, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: In this four-part series, Dr. John Sparks, a constitutional law professor at Grove City College, reviews and analyzes key upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases that will have an impact on American life and liberty.

A grandmother’s strong stand … More>

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V&V Q&A – Managing a high-profile congressional campaign: An interview with Carrie Brown

February 21, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, 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. In this latest edition, Lee Wishing, the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values, interviews Carrie Brown, a Grove More>

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Ronald Reagan on Religious Tolerance

February 17, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at American Spectator.

February is the month that we recognize our presidents. It has also become the month that Republicans remember Ronald Reagan. Reagan’s birthday is February 6, the forerunner to … More>

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Shirley Temple’s America

February 13, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

I learned only yesterday that Shirley Temple, the iconic child actress, died earlier this week at age 85. Reports on her death were easy to miss. I went through my usual scan of various websites and saw nothing. I fortunately … More>

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Mind Control

February 12, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Ten degrees, below zero. Bitter wind chills. Snow to shovel. Nasty head cold. Stuffy and sneezy. Coughing. But I choose to control my thinking. I choose not to ruminate on todays’ struggles, real and difficult though they are. Instead, I … More>

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Better marriage through marketing not coercion

January 31, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character

Everyone is happy when they are engaged, even those who will eventually divorce. The feelings people have going into marriage do not predict the future of the relationship. Therefore I recommend that everyone get good premarital education. Here at Grove … More>

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Can you read this essay?

January 29, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

If you are still following along, then you can answer in the affirmative. According to a recent CNN article, however, a surprising number of the college athletes we watch playing basketball or football can only answer in the negative (“… More>

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Government’s role in charity: A response and an invitation to further dialogue

January 24, 2014 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: On Dec. 23, 2013, Dr. Mark Hendrickson wrote an op-ed titled, “One of the most powerful Christmas lessons.” A reader of the Stewartville STAR (Minn.) responded with a letter-to-the-editor making the following arguments:

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AUDIO – What is a Reagan Conservative?

January 20, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

In case you missed it, Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, talks with WORLD News Group’s Warren Cole Smith. In this short radio interview, Kengor and Smith discuss what it … More>

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Obamacare’s unsung hero

January 16, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Law

Republicans stood in a long line to excoriate Chief Justice John Roberts for voting to uphold Obamacare in 2012, while Democrats praised him. Today, both parties should thank him for being a “Profile in Courage.”

Looking back over the past … More>

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Wisdom for Governor Christie’s staff

January 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Many years ago I worked with a talented political organizer who made a very strange prayer request. After one of our meetings he told me that he regularly prayed that God would give him the spirit of the aggressive and … More>

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Searching for a libertarian Jesus

January 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Albert Schweitzer once commented that many scholars who had searched for the historical Jesus had, in a sense, looked down into a well and seen themselves. In searching for a Christian rationale for their ideal minimalist state, some religious libertarians appear … More>

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Alone Again?

January 9, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Our elderly church member and friend had been widowed, again. When we visited his home, we saw that he had written on his calendar, “Alone again.” He was a man of strong faith, and he was not questioning the presence … More>

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Mister Rogers vs. the Unity Tree

January 7, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

I was walking by Stanwix Street and Penn Avenue last week when struck by our city’s “Unity Tree.” It’s a curious thing about the Unity Tree: it only comes out … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Lincoln and Civil Liberties in War: Rating the Presidents

January 3, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the Center for Vision & Values co-sponsored a two-part lecture series held at Grove City College. In part two of the series, Dr. Mark Neely discusses Lincoln and civil … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Lincoln’s Statemanship: A New Birth of Freedom

January 3, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the Center for Vision & Values co-sponsored a two-part lecture series held at Grove City College. In part one of the series, Dr. Joseph Fornieri discusses Lincoln’s statesmanship. Fornieri, … More>

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One of the most powerful Christmas lessons

December 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

The entire country pauses on Dec. 25, as Christians commemorate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, known to Christians as God’s Christ and Savior, and known to many as The Prince of Peace.

The impact of this one special life … More>

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Equations of Christmas: What does “X” really mean?

December 20, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, a White Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Season’s Greetings; but most of all, I wish you a Blessed Christmas.

Being at our season of life, in those years between teenage children and … More>

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Pope Francis: Espousing a Peronist rather than a Marxist Liberation Theology?

December 13, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

When I came back to the Roman Catholic Church, around 1975, Liberation Theology was very popular in my native Argentina. Even the elite Catholic high schools were using the Latin American Bible … More>

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Pope Francis and the economists

December 6, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Global Challenge

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The recent economic statements by Pope Francis in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (EG) read as a call for a “Third Way” economic system ruled by experts and people of good will. … More>

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Transformational Thanksgiving

November 27, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Historically, the field of psychology focused on mental illness and dysfunction. Positive psychology developed as a unique new subdiscipline as recently as 1998. Instead of investigating the question of what went wrong, positive psychology seeks to understand the fulfilling aspects … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 50 Years Later: JFK Remembered

November 26, 2013 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

2013 J. Howard Pew Memorial Lecture
Richard G. Jewell ’67, J.D.
President, Grove City College
November 21, 2013

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, Grove City College President Richard G. Jewell ’67 offered his take … More>

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Who Killed the Kennedys? Ronald Reagan’s Answer

November 22, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at American Spectator.

This year marks not only the 50th anniversary of the shooting of John F. Kennedy but also the 45th anniversary of the shooting of Robert F. Kennedy, which … More>

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Remembering John F. Kennedy

November 18, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Few events in American history have brought more sorrow, grief and confusion than the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Astounded by the intensity of Americans’ reactions, a British journalist wrote, “One would think that one was … More>

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The unseen scars are often as painful as the ones seen

November 12, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

In economics, the first lesson I teach my pupils is the lesson of things that are seen and things that are not seen. Actions produce some effects that are readily apparent and … More>

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Patton, Ike, and my teenage boys

November 11, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

I recently took my two teenage sons to a talk by Frank Kravetz, a 90-year-old World War II veteran who survived Hitler’s Nuremberg prisons. Frank published his story in a memoir, Eleven Two: One WWII Airman’s Story of Capture, Survival More>

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President Theodore Roosevelt and Veterans Day

November 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

As we celebrate Veterans Day this year, it is instructive to consider the contributions of our presidents to our nation’s defense and military. Of America’s 43 presidents, 31 have served in the military. Ten, most notably George Washington, Andrew Jackson, … More>

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Bonding over baseball

October 28, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: Another version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

My cousin Drew is a 45-year-old veteran of the first Gulf War (1991), which he served aboard a battleship in the Persian Gulf. A former high school … More>

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Richard Larry, friend of liberty

October 11, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: Dr. John A. Sparks is the retired Dean of the Calderwood School of Arts & Letters at Grove City College. He is one of the co-founders of The Center for Vision & Values and worked regularly with Dick More>

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Remembering John Sullivan, old school, class act

October 9, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

America has lost a class act—pure old school, a gentleman, the kind of old-time conservative intellectual the movement once had in spades. He was also a longtime good friend of the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, … More>

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Simple ideals, powerful influence: Remembering Dick Larry

September 16, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: Richard M. “Dick” Larry, one of the conservative movement’s most influential grantmakers, died on July 6, 2013, at the age of 77. Larry, who worked quietly behind the scenes, agreed to an interview for the alumni magazine More>

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Bad sports: Virtue & vice at the ballpark

September 9, 2013 | by | Topic: General, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

If there be (no virtue among us), we are in a wretched situation.

— James Madison

This isn’t a year for complaints about the Pirates. So, forgive me while … More>

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Parental knowledge: Where are my blind spots?

September 5, 2013 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) frequently airs public-service announcements suggesting that parents should be talking to their children about the dangers of drugs. This is based on evidence that kids who consistently learn about the risks of drugs … More>

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What ‘The Butler’ gets wrong about Ronald Reagan and race

September 2, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

By Steven F. Hayward, Paul Kengor, Craig Shirley and Kiron K. Skinner

Steven F. Hayward, Paul Kengor, Craig Shirley and Kiron K. Skinner are Ronald Reagan historians.

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in The Washington Post.

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Be not afraid: Bill Clark & the Divine Plan

August 29, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

The following is an interview between National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez and Paul Kengor, executive director of the Center for Vision & Values, concerning the recent death of Judge Bill Clark, longtime close friend and adviser to Ronald Reagan. … More>

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Intentional dementia

July 30, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

During Mother’s last few months, conversations were extremely difficult to follow because her mind seamlessly switched from one decade to another. Isaac Singer writes, “Sometimes she’d tangle one story with another and couldn’t find her way out” (In My Father’s … More>

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In memoriam – An FBI life

July 17, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: Edward S. Miller was a 1949 Grove City College graduate and a lifetime G-Man who left behind a trail of fascinating tales that merit remembrance. This article first appeared at The American Spectator.

America has lost … More>

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Essential parenting

July 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character

If you believe everything you read, then kids are doomed. If both of their parents work outside the home, then it’s hopeless. If one parent is a pastor, then forget about it. If one parent is missing, too bad. What … More>

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Liberals embrace fatherless (and motherless) families

June 27, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The Guardian.

With the Supreme Court giving a major boost to gay marriage, liberals face fewer impediments to their relentless push for fatherless (and motherless) families.

Of course, it wasn’t always this … More>

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Morning in America – Paul Kengor and Bill Bennett discuss Planned Parenthood

June 19, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Click this link to hear Dr. Bill Bennett, President Reagan’s secretary of education, and Dr. Paul Kengor discuss the relationship between President Obama and Planned Parenthood on Bennett’s nationally-syndicated “Morning in America” radio program.

During the interview, Bennett asked Kengor … More>

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Because faith and freedom matter

June 7, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: As one of his final works of service to his alma mater before retiring, Dr. John Sparks delivered the 2013 Grove City College commencement address, “Because Faith and Freedom Matter,” on May 18. You can watch Dr. More>

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Remembering D-Day with Ike and Reagan

June 6, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This piece first appeared at The American Spectator on June 6, 2011.

For me, Memorial Day happens twice within a week. The first, the official holiday at the end of May, is quickly reinforced a week later, every … More>

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Remembering Mom and Dad on Memorial Day

May 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

As Americans nationwide mark Memorial Day, this will be my first Memorial Day without my dad. He was a World War II veteran.

Since my father’s passing two months ago, seven years after my mother’s, I consider how both significant … More>

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My inheritance

May 7, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

The great 20th century novelist Chaim Potok wrote, in his novel, My Name Is Asher Lev, “You have a gift, Asher Lev. You have a responsibility.” My Mom had a gift of 89 years, 89 years to live her … More>

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Ronald Reagan: Same-sex marriage advocate?

May 1, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at CNN.com

Patti Davis, Ronald Reagan’s daughter, recently speculated on where her father might stand on same-sex marriage. Politico published her thoughts under the headline, “Patti Davis says Reagan wouldn’t have opposed gay … More>

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Happy Birthday to a Great President

April 25, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Sunday, April 28, marks the 255th anniversary of President James Monroe’s birth in 1758.

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading one of Harlow Giles Unger’s thorough biographies of … More>

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Academic Freedom, Civility, and the Name of Jesus

April 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Recently, a self-proclaimed Christian instructor at Florida Atlantic University asked his students to write “Jesus” on a piece of paper and step on it. The exercise was from a textbook manual and was designed to teach that “even though symbols … More>

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Business, Entrepreneurship and a Vatican Think-Tank

April 5, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

“Am I creating wealth, or am I engaging in rent-seeking behavior?” If this question would be asked during a course of business ethics at George Mason University (GMU), … More>

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Thoughts on Same-Sex Marriage, Part III: The Issue Is Civil, Not Religious

April 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Parties on each side of the same-sex marriage issue often interject religion into the discussion. In my opinion, this is unhelpful. The manifest intention of the First Amendment is that the majority may not impose its religious preferences on the … More>

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Thoughts on Same-Sex Marriage, Part II: Distinguishing Rights and Privileges

April 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

It is very important to distinguish rights from privileges. Rights are things we do, with which the government may not interfere. Privileges are things the government does for us. I have a right to publish my own opinions; I have … More>

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Thoughts on Same-Sex Marriage, Part I: The Politics of Rights and “Ressentiment”

April 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Despite all the recent commotion about same-sex marriage, I don’t have a dog in this fight. But I do have an interest in the discussion being clear and civil, and I notice several factors that prevent the discussion from being … More>

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Clintons’ Progress: Bill and Hillary Clinton Embrace Gay Marriage

March 27, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

Bill and Hillary Clinton have endorsed gay marriage, completely reversing their support of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between one man … More>

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True Happiness

March 26, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

One of the most famous opening lines in literature comes from Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina: “All happy families are like one another; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Great literature causes us to think and ponder; … More>

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Hillary Clinton’s Evolution on Gay Marriage

March 21, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in USA Today.

Hillary Clinton supports gay marriage. This is a major shift. Yet, as someone who wrote a book on Clinton’s faith, I can’t say I’m surprised.

Hillary Clinton … More>

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Social Justice and Pope Francis: Choosing Freedom Over Serfdom

March 20, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Having spent most of his life in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis has given proof that he can rise above his environment. As his compatriot Bishop Alberto Bochatey remarked, “he … More>

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The Hope of Heaven

March 19, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

In response to recently being diagnosed with a rare and terminal type of brain cancer, sitcom star Valerie Harper declared, “we are all terminal.” In a cover story for “People” magazine and an interview on CNN, Harper, age 73, stressed … More>

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From Aid to Enterprise: Intelligent Poverty Cures

March 14, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

We will always have the poor among us (Matthew 26:11), but over a billion living on less than $1 a day? It is natural for well-meaning individuals to work … More>

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The Power of Truth: Reagan’s “Evil Empire” Turns 30

March 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared as an Exclusive Special Report for American Spectator.

Today, Ronald Reagan’s Evil Empire speech turns 30 years old. It stands as one of the most memorable orations of the last … More>

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The Presidential Blame-Game

February 18, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Persuaders

 Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

February is the month of presidents. It includes Washington’s birthday, Lincoln’s birthday, Ronald Reagan’s birthday, and, of course, Presidents Day. Given that I … More>

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God for Obamacare … Dr. Ben Carson’s Heresy

February 13, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

Liberals are apoplectic over remarks by Dr. Ben Carson at the National Prayer Breakfast. Carson, a prominent pediatric surgeon from Johns Hopkins University, dared to weigh in … More>

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Abraham Lincoln and Slavery

February 13, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Stephen Spielberg’s masterful movie on Lincoln and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation have recently brought even greater attention than usual to Abraham Lincoln. Holidays like Presidents Day remind us of Lincoln’s position on slavery and his role … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — God & Man in the Oval Office

February 8, 2013 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Content of Character

On February 8, 2013, Dr. Paul Kengor (executive director of The Center for Vision & Values and professor of political science at Grove City College) and Dr. Gary Scott Smith (chair of the history department at Grove City College and … More>

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Finding the City on a Hill

February 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Persuaders

One of the most widely employed metaphors in today’s American political discourse is that the United States is a “city on a hill.” Especially popularized by Ronald Reagan, this phrase (taken from Matthew chapter 5) has been used by … More>

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On Russia’s Adoption Ban

January 30, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at National Catholic Register.

Vladimir Putin has sparked international outcry by banning adoptions of Russian children by American families. His action immediately halted the departure of hundreds of Russian orphans … More>

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“So Help Me God”—The Second Inaugural of Barack Obama

January 17, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

On Monday the United States will celebrate one of its great festivals of civil religion as Barack Obama is inaugurated for a second time. Although nothing in the Constitution mandates it (the only things the Constitution specifies are the date … More>

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Free To Be Healthy

January 11, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Persuaders

So how is that New Year’s resolution diet going? Will the long-term results be better than the last diet? For the majority of us, even successful diets are unsuccessful. We may lose weight, but it comes back. Most people can … More>

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Do You Get the Picture? Classic Christmas Films Through the Lens of Creation, Fall, and Redemption

December 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

The greatest stories are stories that show in some way the drama of creation, fall, and redemption.

In Advent, the story of stories comes to life. The story comes to life in hymns, liturgies, and customs that touch us … More>

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Christmas Thoughts, 2012

December 20, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

The gentle spirit of Christmas brings a sense of fresh promise and renewal every year. The remembrances and commemorations of the birth of an innocent baby have a softening effect. Christmas provides a respite, even surcease, from the stresses, bruises, … More>

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The Time of Giving and the Giving of Time

December 18, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Christ is quoted, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Therein is one of life’s toughest lessons. How do we teach our children the habit of giving?

We know that social modeling is a powerful teacher. If we … More>

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Testimonies of Heaven

December 18, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Earlier this year I went to the WPXI television studio in Pittsburgh to tape an interview. The technician who escorted me inquired, “What are you here to discuss today?” When I replied, “heaven,” he asked, “Have they found … More>

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The Dividends of $elf-Control

December 4, 2012 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The Persuaders

As Christmas approaches, Americans are once again spending a lot of money. With that in mind, here are some thoughts on the importance of self-control in our lives.

Experience, an excellent teacher, has taught me many critical lessons. I learned … More>

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It’s the Holiday Season—Without Andy Williams

November 20, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

It was shortly before Thanksgiving. I was in the kitchen washing dishes when I heard my first music of the holiday season. Sick of talk radio and sick of election post-mortems, I gave myself a breather, turning the FM … More>

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“All Hallows’ Eve”—Read It

October 31, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

“On the vigil of the hallows, it was gloomily and steadily raining.”

And so it is. I am quoting from a story set in 1945 London, but here we are on another eve of All Hallows and Hurricane Sandy is … More>

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Proof of Heaven

October 24, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Heaven is Real,” a Newsweek cover proclaimed last week. Renowned neurosurgeon Eben Alexander’s scientific worldview had previously led him to view near-death experiences as having plausible scientific explanations. However, spending seven days in a coma convinced him that … More>

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Alex Karras, RIP

October 12, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Alex Karras, the former Detroit Lions All-Pro defensive tackle and later a successful actor, died on October 10. I have vivid memories of him before he ever gained immortality as “Mongo” in “Blazing Saddles” or as the stepdad of “Webster.”… More>

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Same-Sex Parenting: Can We Honestly Pursue Truth?

October 3, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Persuaders

When discussing the possible effects on children of being raised by same-sex parents, I have told my students that the best evidence we have is that there are no negative effects. I also tell them that the best evidence we … More>

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Mitt Romney and the Politics of Virtue

October 2, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

When Mitt Romney blurted out his now notorious 47-percent lament, liberal gaffe-o-meters went ballistic, acting as though he were an American Ebenezer Scrooge who had just shoved Tiny Tim Cratchit into a ditch and then burned down a crutch factory. … More>

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Religion and the Election of 2012

September 12, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Religious issues have played a significant role in numerous presidential elections, as they are in 2012. In 1800, his opponents accused Thomas Jefferson of atheism and trying to undermine the republic’s Christian foundation. In 1928 and 1960, many Americans … More>

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God, Democrats, and the Europeanization of America

September 7, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

The battle at the Democratic convention to exclude God from the party’s platform is no minor moment. Do not underestimate what transpired there.

And while it speaks to so many things, at many levels, it reminds me of the recent … More>

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The Silence of Bill and Hillary Clinton

September 6, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A different version of this article first appeared at National Catholic Register.

Bill Clinton was basking in glory at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night. Few presidents so love the spotlight. The occasion for Clinton, however, … More>

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Is There an Afterlife?

September 4, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Throughout human history people have pondered whether death ends their existence or is the gateway to an afterlife. In recent decades millions around the world have reported near-death or out-of-body experiences. The world’s major religions teach various conceptions of an … More>

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V&V Q&A With Dr. Craig Columbus on “God and Man on Wall Street”

August 27, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom, 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. In this latest edition, we interview Dr. Craig Columbus, co-author—along with Dr. Mark Hendrickson—of the new book, “God and Man on More>

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Obama’s Progress

August 6, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Try to define progressivism. In fact, ask progressives to try to define progressivism. All we really know is that they’re, well, progressing. They and their ideas and their politics are always changing, evolving. This means that what … More>

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Gay Marriage: Killing the Democracy of the Dead

August 1, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

President Obama’s position on gay marriage has won some converts, from (perhaps) the entirety of the Democratic Party to (especially) young people. As to the latter, one of them emailed me recently. A good-hearted, thoughtful young man, who this fall … More>

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

July 27, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Persuaders, 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. In this latest edition, we interview the co-authors of ”Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims About Our Third President.” Dr. Warren More>

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Our Civic High Priest

July 25, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

The tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado, which killed 12 and wounded 58, has again accentuated the important role presidents play as our chief civic priest. The governor of Colorado and local clergy helped provide words of solace and encouragement to … More>

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V&V PAPER — Nature and Nurture: Limiting the Rights of Parents in Genetic Enhancement

July 20, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Law, White Papers

Editor’s Note: “[T]he issues here are layered and controversial. While each generation faces new medical possibilities, the 21st century is likely to see an increase in both the number and the sheer scope of what is possible. … As happens More>

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On a Wing and a …

July 13, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge

Not long ago, a group of 66 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, urging him to issue guidance to counter an “alarming pattern of attacks on faith” in the U.S. Air Force. This was … More>

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Founders’ Faith: None of the Above

July 9, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

A book review of Gregg L. Frazer’s “The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, Revolution,” written exclusively for The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal’s University Bookman.

Read the book review»More>

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A Dad Like Jack: The Influence of Ronald Reagan’s Father

June 13, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

When we open our newspapers on Father’s Day, we expect to find something nice about dads—often heroic dads. Yet, for every boy or girl whose father was a doctor or Marine who stormed the beaches of Normandy, there is … More>

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AUDIO — V&V Executive Director on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America”

June 12, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

“It is morning in America. Good morning, welcome back. I’ve had a zillion talks and lectures around the country and had a lot of fun—always enjoyed them. I never had as enjoyable an evening as I had at Grove City. … More>

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Cuba Backing Gay Marriage?

May 31, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge

I was recently contacted by Ben Johnson of LifeSiteNews, who told me of a fascinating development. He informed me of a curious fan of President Obama’s advocacy of gay marriage: Mariela Castro, niece of ailing and aging Cuban tyrant, … More>

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Homelessness: How Government Policy Makes It Worse

May 25, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

During a recent trip to Chicago, I couldn’t help but notice the large number of homeless people in the downtown area, including one homeless man pushing a child in a stroller. Homelessness was frequently discussed during the 1980s, but seems … More>

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The Controversial Faith of Barack Obama

May 15, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

President Obama’s recent statement on gay marriage has again thrust his religious views onto the front pages. In defending his position, Obama stressed that he and his wife were “practicing Christians” and that his stance was supported by Christ’s teaching … More>

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Yes, Congresswoman Pelosi, We’re Serious: On the Constitutionality of Obamacare

April 4, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Law

America anxiously awaits the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare. At the core of the decision is a simple question: Is the “individual mandate” in Obamacare constitutional? And thus, is Obamacare constitutional?

Several times during the debate and deliberation, my … More>

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Easter and Heaven

April 3, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

As Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ this Easter, heaven is naturally on the minds of many. Recent polls indicate that between 75 and 90 percent of Americans believe that heaven exists, percentages that far exceed … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Transcending Humanity, Part I: Merging Humanity and Technology

March 27, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Content of Character

Dr. Jan Dudt, a fellow for medical ethics with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, is interviewed by Lee Wishing, administrative director of the Center. In this video, Dr. Dudt comments on a concept that futurists … More>

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Santorum or Romney? Culture War or Class War?

March 16, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

The question for Republicans right now seems obvious: Would you prefer Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney to run against Barack Obama?

Well, it depends on whether you … More>

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Hope vs. Despair: The Discussion is Coming

February 29, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

My colleague, Paul Kengor, wrote a brilliant article this week saying that Team Obama will try to cast the presidential election either in terms of class warfare—if Romney is the Republican nominee—or a battle over social issues, if … More>

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On Santorum, Democrats, and “God’s Will”

February 27, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Persuaders

In case you didn’t notice . . . With George W. Bush out of office and a Democrat in the White House, the secular media stopped its handwringing over the president mentioning God. With Rick Santorum’s surge, the hysteria … More>

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Satan and Santorum: Perspective from Reagan’s Evil Empire Speech

February 22, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator.

The secular world today trembles and shudders at the sight of Rick Santorum speaking on good and evil at Ave Maria University in Florida in 2008. … More>

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V&V Q&A (Presidents Day Special): What Would Reagan Do? The HHS Mandate and A Very Different President

February 20, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Law

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, professor of political science and executive director of the Center—Dr. Paul Kengor—is interviewed by Kathryn Jean Lopez—editor-at-large More>

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What If We Removed Wartime Conscience Exemptions?

February 16, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Law

Last Friday, President Obama responded to Catholic bishops’ concerns over his controversial mandate compelling Catholic institutions to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing pharmaceuticals. Many media sources reported Obama’s action as an “accommodation,” with some describing it as a “reversal.” … More>

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The Catholic Bishops v. Obama? President Obama and Justice Ginsburg on America’s “Rather Old Constitution”

February 10, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Law

I’ve gotten some very interesting emails regarding President Obama’s mandate commanding Roman Catholics (and many evangelical Protestants) to violate their consciences by providing mandatory contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing pharmaceuticals. The emailers noted that Obama’s action will force Catholics to challenge … More>

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Obama’s “Healthcare” Mandate: What Would Reagan Say?

February 8, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at CatholicVote.org.

February 6 was the anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth. It comes at an appropriate time. February is also the month of Presidents Day and the birthday of LincolnMore>

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The Obama Mandate to Catholics: “To Hell With You?”

February 1, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

America’s Catholic bishops are princes of diplomacy, highly educated, erudite, men of tact, propriety. They’re asked to shepherd the flock with a long historical timeframe—like, say, eternity. They tend not to have knee-jerk reactions to issues of the moment.

And … More>

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Patrick Henry, Patriot

January 20, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Among America’s amazing pantheon of founders, Patrick Henry stands out for his stirring speeches and fervent commitment to liberty, virtue, and small government. The Virginia planter, lawyer, and politician strongly denounced Great Britain’s political and economic control of the American … More>

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Sports, Concussions, and Contemporary American Culture

January 12, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

If you follow professional sports, and especially if you are a football or hockey fan, you undoubtedly are aware of the rash of concussions that have rendered players unfit to play. Now there’s a rash of lawsuits being filed against More>

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Occupying True North in 2012: The Year of the Entrepreneur

January 11, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

This is the time of year when 2012 prediction lists abound. I am struck by how many lists have included some reference to a surge in American entrepreneurship during the next year. Entrepreneurs are clearly being counted upon to act … More>

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A Kim-Less Christmas

January 5, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at American Thinker.

This past Christmas, the people of North Korea were without their messiah. That is, their self-anointed messiah.

For a sense of just how bad was Kim Jong-Il, I … More>

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Rick Santorum’s Rosetta Stone

January 4, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: Lee Wishing will be a participant in an April 19-20 conference hosted by The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College on “The Challenge 2012: The Divided Conservative Mind.”

I live in Western Pennsylvania, just across … More>

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Counting the Year’s Blessings

December 27, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Persuaders

Have you heard any good news lately? Bad news abounds. It’s been another tough year. Economic woes continue. Greece and Italy are on the verge of bankruptcy. Unemployment is still high in the United States (around 8.6 percent), and … More>

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Two Visions: The Nativity vs. the Occupiers

December 22, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Law

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

I recently strolled down Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh and was struck by two images.

First, there was the stirring life-sized Nativity that each year is displayed … More>

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The Five Best Christmas Movies: And the Gift of Grace and Renewal

December 20, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Persuaders

Let’s have a happy debate: What are the five best Christmas movies of all time? Obviously, tastes differ and change over time. Here are my five favorites, the ones I am willing to watch every Christmas season, starting with number … More>

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Goodbye, America: More Recollections of Deer Seasons Past

December 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Last week I wrote an article on Deer Season a half century ago, focusing on my grandmother’s town in the mountains of Emporium, Pennsylvania. Each year, my grandmother and other households opened their doors and kitchens and beds to perfect … More>

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Deer Season a Half Century Ago

November 28, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

This week hunters across America storm the woods loaded for deer. For yet another indication of how times have changed, consider this account of Deer Season a half century ago:

My mother’s family lived in Emporium, Pennsylvania, as did dozens … 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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“God Bless Them?” Congresswoman Pelosi on the Wall Street Mob

October 14, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at CatholicVote.org.

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has a lengthy track record of jaw-dropping political statements. Among them, the lifelong Roman Catholic has been a huge disappointment to her Church on matters of unborn human … More>

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The Democrats’ Deadly Sin

September 29, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Envy is sadness or discontent at another’s good fortune or excellence. Dante defined it as a perversion of one’s own good; a “wish to deprive” others of their own good. Augustine deemed it “the diabolical sin.”

Conservative columnist George … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Peyton Manning’s Stem Cell Therapy

September 22, 2011 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Content of Character

Dr. Jan Dudt, a fellow for medical ethics with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, is interviewed by Lee Wishing, administrative director of the Center. In this video, Dr. Dudt comments on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton … More>

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Does Alzheimer’s Justify Divorce?

September 19, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Persuaders

Recently, Pat Robertson, chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network, told his “700 Club” viewers that divorcing a wife with Alzheimer’s disease is justifiable (click here). His statement came in response to a viewer’s question, and one would hope … More>

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Race, Segregation, and Heaven

August 31, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The new movie, “The Help,” based on Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling book by the same name, continues to lead ticket sales at the box office. Both dramatize the extent and tragedy of segregation and discrimination in the South during the early … More>

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China Dupes: Excusing the One-Child Policy

August 25, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Vice President Joe Biden made the news again this week. Three weeks ago, Biden was in the news because of reports he had denounced Tea Party members as “terrorists,” a claim his spokespeople have attempted to deny. This week, Biden More>

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Abortion’s Slippery Slope: The “Two-Minus-One Pregnancy”

August 17, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Ever heard of a “two-minus-one pregnancy?” Chances are you have not, unless you have read the recent article by that title in the New York Times Magazine. This expression, which we may have to get used to, is one … More>

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Thoughts From Israel

July 25, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, Uncategorized

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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A Free Speech Challenge for Parents

July 22, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Law

Should a 13-year-old be able to purchase a school-shooting simulator without parents’ knowledge or consent?

The Supreme Court says that freedom of speech requires that 13-year-olds have that opportunity. In a 7-2 decision, the court struck down a California law … More>

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Morally Inconsistent Currency

July 18, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Controversy Over Heaven

July 6, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The Red Hook section of Brooklyn recently renamed a street “Seven in Heaven Way” to honor seven firefighters who died trying to rescue victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks at the World Trade Center. The street was given this … More>

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Ancient Virtues in a Postmodern World

July 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

A book review of Howard Gardner’s “Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Twenty-First Century,” written for the University Bookman.

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Obama’s Inalienables

July 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article appears at today’s American Thinker.

Each time President Obama addresses America’s inalienable rights, I get emails. “Did you see Obama left out ‘Creator’ again?” began the latest.

The most recent occasion … More>

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Chesterton’s Stars & Stripes

July 1, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Among those doing excellent work on G. K. Chesterton is Joseph Pearce, the brilliant Brit who is a scholar at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida. Pearce, like Dale Ahlquist, is unearthing all sorts of gems from Chesterton’s … More>

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This Fourth of July: Confirm Thy Soul in Self-Control

June 27, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

I encourage you to set aside the burgers and dogs and soda and beer for a moment this Fourth of July and contemplate something decidedly different, maybe even as you gaze upward at the flash of fireworks. Here it is: … More>

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Planned Parenthood Funding: James Madison vs. Obama and the Progressives

June 23, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at CatholicVote.org.

With a critical vote in its state Senate, North Carolina has voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Republicans hold a huge majority in the Senate—meaning, as a Republican majority … More>

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Thanks, Pop

June 15, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Father’s Day is a poignant occasion for me, as for many. I never knew my biological father, who died in an accident. Mom and I lived near Detroit with her oldest sister and her husband, who were childless. That’s how … More>

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San Francisco Considers Circumcision—and Parental Rights

June 13, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

This November the citizens of San Francisco will decide whether to ban circumcision, a practice that dates from antiquity and is embraced by at least three of the world’s major religions. Now, the fact that something stretches far back into … More>

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V&V Q&A on “Heaven in the American Imagination”

May 27, 2011 | 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. In this latest edition, professor of political science and executive director of the Center—Dr. Paul Kengor—interviews the chair of the history More>

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Sins of the Father: Abortion, Birth Control, and the ACLU

May 16, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the National Catholic Register.

As someone with the highly unusual task of researching old, declassified Soviet and Communist Party USA archives, I often get quizzical looks as to why certain things from … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — “Fox & Friends” Interview on Catholics Challenging Speaker Boehner

May 15, 2011 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Content of Character, The Persuaders

To view a streaming video of Dr. Kengor’s recent interview on the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” please click on the link below:

“On Catholics Challenging Speaker Boehner”

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Heaven and Hell

May 11, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Heaven and hell are in the news and on Americans’ minds a lot lately. “Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back” is currently number one on The New York Times Best … More>

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What Would Jesus Cut?

May 6, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

That is the question asked by the left-leaning Christian organization, Sojourners, in its campaign of the same name. It is a most appropriate question given the battle over the budget and given this time of year, not long after the … More>

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Sterilizing Those Pesky Humans: Earth Day with Paul Ehrlich

April 20, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Every April 22 is Earth Day. As one who studies Soviet Russia, I can’t help notice that the day coincides with the birthday of Vladimir Lenin. The inaugural Earth Day occurred April 22, 1970, no less than Lenin’s birth centennial.… More>

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The Signing of Jackie Robinson: How Faith Helped Racial Healing

April 18, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Crosswalk.com.

For many Americans, April 15 marked Tax Day. But it also marked an event much more redeeming. On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball. The … More>

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On Margaret Sanger, the Soviets, and Democrats

April 15, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared in American Spectator.

“[W]e could well take example from Russia,” advised Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, “where birth control instruction is part of the regular welfare service of the … More>

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V&V PAPER — Christian Charity and the Welfare State

April 13, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom, White Papers

Editor’s Note: “When government confines itself to protecting each individual’s God-given right to be safe in his or her own person and property, then people are free to go about their business as long as they don’t trespass on the More>

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Kid Charlemagne’s Trip is Over

March 28, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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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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Wisconsin’s Political Pawns

March 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Persuaders

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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V&V FLASHBACK — Remembering Roe: A Forgotten Warning from Ronald Reagan

January 24, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A version of this article was first published by The Center for Vision & Values on January 21, 2010.

Given the somber anniversary of Roe v. Wade—source of 40 million abortions since 1973—I thought I’d share an … More>

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Lost Religious Liberty Around the World

January 10, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Guest Commentary

Americans take religious liberty for granted. Unfortunately, this most fundamental freedom is not protected in many countries around the world.

Religious liberty is the proverbial canary in the mine. If a state won’t respect this most basic freedom … More>

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Religion and Congress

January 10, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Christmas with Clarence (Darrow)

December 23, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared in the American Spectator.

No, that’s not “Clarence the Angel” of It’s a Wonderful Life fame. The Clarence in this title is much less inspiring—a humbug, really. I’m thinking … 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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“Thank You for Your Service”—A Veterans Day Memory

November 8, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

We Americans tend to look forward to the various holidays on the calendar. Sometimes we pause to ponder the meaning of these commemorative days; often we do not. Perhaps in your own experience you can recall a Thanksgiving, an Easter, … More>

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Sabbath Wrestling

October 11, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Prostitution in Canada

October 4, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Special Feature: “The War on Religion”

September 25, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

On December 17, 1993, the non-profit, non-partisan Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation was established by an Act of Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton, with a mission “to educate this generation and future generations about the history, … More>

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The Faith of Barack Obama and George Washington: A Double Standard?

September 24, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Recent reports that nearly 20 percent of Americans believe Barack Obama is a Muslim have been widely discussed and analyzed. Moreover, according to surveys, only a third of Americans believe he is a Christian. Evangelicals are almost evenly divided, with … More>

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Could an Atheist Be Elected President? A Look “Down Under”

September 17, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Last month Julia Gillard was elected prime minister of Australia. Gillard is Australia’s first female and first unmarried prime minister. Even more remarkably, she won Australia’s highest office after openly declaring that she is an atheist.

It is extremely unlikely … More>

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Free Speech for Me but Not for Thee: President Obama’s Faith Protectors

August 31, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

I got the email in late afternoon. “In a major liberal initiative to curtail discussion of President Obama’s religious identity,” the email began, “over 70 Christian leaders and denominational heads have signed a letter saying that questions about the religious … More>

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An Attack on Religion and Counseling

August 25, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Does the state have the right to prevent people from training for particular careers because the state disagrees with their religious beliefs? U.S. District Judge George Steeh has made just such a ruling. Eastern Michigan University expelled Julea Ward from … More>

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Obama Invites Confusion About His Faith

August 23, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in USA Today.

The recent poll by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life is generating much discussion over its provocative finding that an increasing number of Americans (nearly one in five) … More>

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Fight Nice!

August 23, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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President Obama Cites Bush and Christ—Sort Of

August 16, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The blogosphere is burning red, consumed with fury over President Obama’s announcement—made at the end of the news cycle, with talk-radio on weekend break—that he supports the construction of a mosque near the downed World Trade Center buildings. While much … More>

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An Outsider’s View of Christianity: A Review of “The Unlikely Disciple”

August 13, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

“The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University” By Kevin Roose | Grand Central Publishing [Paperback] (June 3, 2010) | 336 pp. | List Price: $13.99

An emergency prayer meeting has been called. The guys on the hall … More>

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Progressives and the Founders: On Natural Rights, the Practice of Democracy and the Diffusion of Power

June 22, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The Progressive Movement at the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century in the United States confronted a political and social environment that was quite different from the time of the American Founders. In 1790 there … More>

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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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Honoring the sausage-makers

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

Yesterday we celebrated Father’s Day. Do you recall the old saying attributed to Otto Von Bismarck: “Laws are like sausages. It’s better not to see them being made”? As fathers were lauded on Sunday, I suspect that most patriarchs were … More>

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V&V FLASHBACK — With Father, Through the Valley of Death

June 17, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s Note: This article was first published by The Center for Vision & Values on June 18, 2009. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.” More>

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Helen Thomas Angers Her Media Colleagues—Finally

June 11, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

This week veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas announced her sudden “retirement.” The source was an insight shared by Thomas outside the White House during a Jewish-American Heritage Month celebration. … More>

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Tragedy in Amish Country: Living Levi’s Example

May 24, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

I first met Levi almost 20 years ago. He was about 12. We had just purchased our land from his parents, Jake and Nancy. Being old-order Amish, Jake and Nancy needed a ride to the attorney’s office, so we drove … More>

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The Crucible of Faith, Freedom, and Learning: Address to the Grove City College Trustee-Faculty Luncheon

May 21, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Good afternoon, thank you for joining us here today for our annual celebration of, “Wow, we survived another year!”

In all seriousness, congratulations to all of you for another excellent year in the precious story we call the history of … More>

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Christian: Never Waste a Good Crisis

May 17, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

I agree with White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel when he said, “You never want a good crisis to go to waste.” The moral lesson of this month’s Greek financial crisis was papered over by central banks to … More>

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Commemorating Mao but Not Mother

May 14, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Where’s Anita Dunn when you need her?

Recall Anita Dunn, who resigned as President Obama’s communications director not long after Glenn Beck had the temerity to broadcast her jaw-dropping affirmation, made in a church no less—at a high-school baccalaureate ceremony—that … More>

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Pro-Life Death?—Revisited

May 11, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

In November 2008, just after the historic election of Barack Obama, I wrote a piece titled, “Pro-Life Death?” I noted that America’s choice of Obama as president and, equally important, of a massive liberal majority in Congress, constituted the death … More>

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Death’s Progress

May 7, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared in American Thinker.

Progressivism is all-the-rage nowadays, with liberals having jettisoned the “liberal” label for the less maligned tag of “progressive.” This is tactical as much as philosophical. It’s fascinating … More>

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Old Pencils

May 3, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The pencils I bought four years ago for my third and fourth grade Sunday school class are getting shorter while the children who have wielded them are growing taller. The school bus yellow paint is chipped and worn. The pink … More>

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A Message on “The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?”

April 16, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s Note: As we at The Center for Vision & Values prepare to wrap up our sixth annual conference tonight, we would like to thank everyone who participated in “The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?” For those of you who More>

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Poland: Remembering Two Tragedies

April 13, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The crash of a Polish airplane in the Russian territory of Smolensk last weekend is a stunning tragedy, taking the life of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and high-level figures in the Polish government. Upwards of 100 people were … More>

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The “Social Justice” Fallacy? Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

April 7, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Many Christians over many years have been beguiled by the Religious Left’s use of the term “social justice.” This is because Christians rightly love justice and hate injustice. But “social justice”—or, at least, how it’s often used by liberal Christians—isn’t … More>

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How to Help the Poor

April 5, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Most Christians today acknowledge that caring for the poor is a biblical requisite. The primary debate among them is over how we can best fulfill this mandate, which more than 2,000 verses of Scripture prescribe. For example, a group of … More>

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Christian Charity: Social Justice and the Good Samaritan

March 31, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Charity—a loving spirit concretely expressed in unselfish good deeds to one’s fellow man—is a primary Christian duty. Nobody who has read the New Testament can come to any other conclusion.

In his parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37), Jesus … More>

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Hillary Clinton and the Mother Teresa Home for Infant Children

March 26, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared in The Weekly Standard. A few years ago, I wrote a book on the faith of Hillary Clinton. Released in 2007, the book flopped, dismissed by conservatives who didn’t More>

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How Christian Were the Founders? The Case of Madison and Jefferson

March 26, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: Dr. Gary Scott Smith will be a participant in an April 15-16 conference hosted by The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College on “The Progressives.” Click here for information.

A recent article in the New More>

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Hanging Mao on the Tree?

March 25, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

I’ll begin this article with a few justifications to try to preempt irate emails from Obama supporters: First off, I write on faith, politics, and the presidency, having done books on the subject and lots of articles; this includes the More>

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God Gets His Healthcare Bill

March 22, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: This is one of many coming articles from The Center for Vision & Values dealing with the topic of our April 15-16 conference on “The Progressives.” Click here for information.

The most frustrating thing I’ve dealt with in … More>

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The Character of George Washington

March 15, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

What made George Washington the most remarkable man of an extraordinary generation? He was not an intellectual giant like Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, or James Madison. Compared with most other founders, he was not well educated (he attended … More>

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The Church and the Social Gospel

March 15, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Should churches and individual Christians seek to help people with material problems and social needs, remedy social ills, and improve social institutions’ Throughout history many congregations, Christian organizations, and individual believers have labored to do these things. Today, however, some … More>

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Descendants of America’s Eugenic Past

March 15, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

As of this morning, Angie Jackson’s RU-486 induced abortion has been viewed on YouTube more than 140,000 times. She said she filmed herself in the midst of an RU-486 abortion to demystify the procedure. Four weeks pregnant, she signed off … More>

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The Politics of Arrogance

March 3, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

On the eve of the German offensive against France in August 1914, Kaiser Wilhelm confidently asserted to some departing troops, “You will be home before the leaves have fallen from the trees.” The German monarch was known neither for his … More>

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The Founders: How Christian Were They?

February 18, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

One of today’s most contentious culture wars is over the religious commitments of our nation’s founders. Were most of them orthodox Christians, deists, or agnostics’ Scholarly books, college classes, radio talk shows, and blogs all debate this issue, and the … More>

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Forgotten?

February 8, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Do you ever feel forgotten, overlooked, or helpless in a world that seems increasingly confusing, rancorous, and on the brink of even more uncertainty and lurking disaster? Maybe you long for someone to come along and say, “The only thing … More>

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God and Man at the National Prayer Breakfast

February 5, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

President Obama spoke yesterday at the National Prayer Breakfast. I’ve long studied the sitting president’s remarks at these breakfasts, particularly President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and President Ronald Reagan. I note this to hopefully lend a little credibility … More>

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Taxpayers Fund Abortions But Not School Vouchers

February 2, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

In my last article, a somber remembrance of Roe v. Wade, I called attention to something that shocked readers: I noted that the Obama administration and Democratic Congress “rejected funding for school vouchers for poor children in Washington, DC, … More>

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Remembering Roe: A Forgotten Warning from Ronald Reagan

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

Given the somber anniversary of Roe v. Wade—source of 40 million abortions since 1973—I thought I’d share an excellent but forgotten speech by President Ronald Reagan. The speechwriter was Peter Robinson, featured guest of our Reagan Lecture this yearMore>

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Adulterers: Tiger Woods and Me

January 4, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Adultery. I hope I don’t commit the sin in 2010, but there’s a good chance I will.

As Tiger Woods’ alleged multiple affairs became public knowledge at the end of 2009, the world witnessed the destructive nature of adultery writ … More>

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A Candle for Iran? A Reagan Lesson for Obama — from Christmas 1981

December 23, 2009 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at American Thinker.


Twice in this space last summer, I wrote about Iran — specifically, the dramatic June protests against the theocratic-totalitarian regime of Holocaust-denying despot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. More than … More>

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Journaling for Joy

December 14, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

“Do any of you struggle with joy?” I asked a Sunday school class of 26 college students. To ensure an honest answer, I directed the group to close their eyes and raise a hand if they concurred. Whoa—25 hands went … More>

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O’ Unity Tree, O’ Unity Tree

December 14, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

‘Tis the season…. That is, to not refer to the Christmas Season as the “Christmas Season.”

Of course, that’s old news. But what’s new news, or recent news, is the bewildering refusal in some quarters to call a Christmas tree More>

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The Theory of Moral Sentiments: Adam Smith’s Timely and Timeless Classic

December 11, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

2009 marks the 250th anniversary of the publication of Adam Smith’s masterful treatise on ethics, The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Smith, primarily known today for his hugely influential 1776 work on political economy, The Wealth of Nations, was … More>

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V&V Q&A: Dinesh D’Souza on “Life After Death: The Evidence”

December 9, 2009 | 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. In this latest Q&A, Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of the Center, interviews Dinesh D’Souza, a best-selling author and former White More>

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The Berlin Wall and Me: Reflections on the Fall

December 4, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: As part of its Freedom Readers lecture series, Center for Vision & Values’ Executive Director and Ronald Reagan biographer, Dr. Paul Kengor, interviewed Thomas F. O’Boyle on the evening of the 20th anniversary of the fall More>

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Let Us Give Thanks

November 25, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

As we celebrate our national Thanksgiving holiday in 2009, are you feeling worry, fear, anger, or despair about the direction of our country? Let us instead give thanks.

As we pass through this temporal world of “tares and wheat,” we … More>

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Meaning for Radicals

November 16, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Thanks to President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, most Americans have at least heard of the godfather of community organizing, Saul Alinsky (1909-1972), and his 1971 book, Rules for Radicals. Turn on conservative talk radio any day … More>

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The Coming of Caesar

November 16, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

We have a problem. This could be “the big one”—bigger than coping with theAhmadinejads, Kims, and Chavezes of the world and bigger than our current economic woes. Our republic, our society, may be heading for a crackup. We are bankrupt, … More>

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V&V Q&A: George Schroeder, M.D.: Witness to the Wall and to Socialized Medicine

November 12, 2009 | 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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Keep Voter Guides Out of Church

November 9, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

I may get in trouble with my conservative friends for this: I am in favor of developing voter guides from a Christian perspective but I’m not in favor of distributing them at church.

Perhaps you’ve seen these guides made available … More>

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Faith and Healthcare

November 2, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

“The single best indicator of how a person will vote is how he or she worships God,” says pollster Frank Luntz in What Americans Really Want . . . Really. Does Luntz’s insight apply to the way people view … More>

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Charles Darwin and Modern Politics

October 26, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

With his head under my kitchen sink last week, talking politics and using tools I had never seen, Keith the plumber said, “My daughter stood up in class and told her eighth grade school teacher, ‘I’ll read your assignments on … More>

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Olympianism vs. Christianity

October 5, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

In its rejection of the American über-Olympian’s support for the 2016 Chicago games, the International Olympic Committee signaled an opportunity for the resurgence of Western Christian culture.

In his book A Country I Do Not Recognize, Robert Bork cites … More>

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Sex Trafficking: It is Happening in Our Backyard

September 4, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

A story in last week’s news focused on the mysterious reappearance of Jaycee Lee Dugard, a 29-year-old woman who had been kidnapped 18 years earlier—snatched into a car while walking home from school. As the details of her imprisonment emerge, … More>

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Sleepy, “Lazy” Teenagers?

August 24, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

We are now well into summer vacation, and it is time for a quiz. How many hours per night does your teen sleep during vacation? How many hours of sleep does your teen get on school nights during the school … More>

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Christianity and Depravity in the Afterglow of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 14, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Each year, in early August, debate reemerges over the use of atomic weapons to end World War II. Some historians justify their use given the prospects for a long, bloody invasion of Japan. Conversely, other historians, along with liberal theologians, … More>

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Justice Ginsburg’s “Populations we Don’t Want to Have too Many of”

July 28, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at WORLDmag.com. Reprinted with permission of WORLDmag.com. To read more news and views from a Christian perspective, call 800-951-6397 or visit www.worldmag.com.

As Sonia Sotomayor was readying for her confirmation hearings, The New York More>

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Crucial Differences Between Non-Embryonic and Embryonic Stem Cells

July 10, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

We hear a lot about “stem cells,” which are front-and-center as a major policy debate in America, one that involves science, medicine, ethics, politics, and much more.

What are the issues? What’s at stake? What are embryonic and non-embryonic stem … More>

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Prudence at the American Founding—and Today

July 1, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Will you be celebrating prudence this July 4th? Maybe you should. Or, at the least, it’s worth pausing to think about.

Prudence is a timeless virtue never more relevant than right now. And, as usual, the American Founders, in their … More>

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Barack Obama and Religion

May 18, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Americans have long been fascinated with and sometimes disturbed by the faith of their presidents, and Barack Obama’s faith is no exception. U.S. News and World Report recently claimed that “Obama has embraced faith in a more visible way” than … More>

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Obama, Notre Dame, and the Character Thing

May 14, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

In May 1995, his first year as Pennsylvania governor, Tom Ridge was invited by Gannon University, a Catholic college in Erie, Pa., to give the commencement address and receive an honorary degree. But the distinguished Republican and native son had … More>

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When Biden and Rudman Wept

May 4, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Is he pro-life or pro-choice? That was the giant unknown hanging in the balance one day in 1990 as President George H. W. Bush nominated a mystery man named David Souter for a Supreme Court seat. Both sides of the … More>

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God and Man at Notre Dame

April 1, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

This May, Notre Dame University will host President Barack Obama to inspire its graduates as they are sent into the world. Obama will be awarded an honorary degree. For the record, this will be a direct violation of the American More>

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Where Have You Gone, Bill Casey?

March 5, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared in American Thinker.

“We win and they lose.”
—Ronald Reagan, January 1977

As an unprecedented, colossal “stimulus” package was passed by the new president and Congress, something rather extraordinary … More>

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Tough Times for Wise Virgins

February 18, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The biblical parable of the 10 virgins (Matthew 25:1-12) is particularly relevant today. As you may recall, the five wise virgins behaved responsibly and prudently, making sure they had enough lamp oil for the midnight arrival of the bridegroom. The … More>

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“Safe, Legal, and Rare?”

December 31, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The common mantra of pro-choice politicians is that they do not favor abortion. Quite the contrary, they want abortion to be “safe, legal, and rare.” Pro-choicers generally hold to this position; thus, as they are quick to note, they are … More>

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V&V PAPER — Social Organizations as a Path to Self-control: Does Religious Participation Promote Character Development?

December 23, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, White Papers

Editor’s Note: “Does religious participation have benefits for character development? For most of American history this question would have seemed foolish. Most Americans would have responded that religious participation was essential for character development. Today, however, the value of religion More>

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Christmas Behind Bars

December 22, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Guest Commentary

Every time it seems the so-called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is about to join the “world community,” the regime in Pyongyang reminds us of its criminal nature. A North Korean soldier not long ago shot and killed … More>

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The Problem With Monotheism

December 17, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

When an author argues that there is no God, that’s his personal business—something between him and the Creator. But when an author, in addition to denying God, asserts that monotheism is a net negative for the human race, a rebuttal … More>

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Five Years Ago: The Beginning of the End for Saddam – and George W. Bush

December 10, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Five years ago this week, something remarkable happened, which has been conveniently forgotten: On December 13, 2003, one of history’s worst dictators, Saddam Hussein, was captured by U.S. troops.

America awakened to the news on Sunday, December 14, as a … More>

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Shades of Reagan: Sarah and the Leakers

December 5, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The trashing of Sarah Palin continues. Some of the shots have been downright ugly, such as the “Retarded Republican Babies for Sarah Palin” t-shirts. Equally notable, however, is the odd one-two punch of liberal journalists and moderate Republican leakers pounding … More>

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Barack Obama and the Church

December 2, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The question of where Barack Obama and his family will go to church after he takes office is attracting a lot of media attention. As the author of “Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush,” I … More>

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I’m Positive About Parenting

November 26, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Both our media and our politicians tell us that it is a terrible time to rear children. As parents, we are tempted to sing, “Why can’t they be like we were, perfect in every way?” We understand totally when one … More>

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Thanksgiving Thoughts 2008: The Challenge of Affluence

November 21, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Throughout recorded history, most human beings have been poor. Poverty has been the norm and affluence the exception. Given a choice, most of us would rather be affluent than poor, but in this year of jarring financial losses, many of … More>

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Barack and the Bishops

November 19, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

A potential big battle has begun, one of special interest to all Christians and guaranteed to generate a lot of attention from all Americans.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a stern warning to president-elect Obama … More>

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Taking Away the Perceived Need for Abortion

November 12, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Recently,  the executive director of the Center for Vision & Values, Dr. Paul Kengor, explained that an Obama administration will likely eliminate the legislative and legal tools that the pro-life community has been trying to use to reduce or eliminate … More>

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“I’m Pagan and I Vote”

November 11, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Old Town Alexandria, Northern Virginia—Jogging through this gorgeous, historic town the first Saturday after the Tuesday vote, which elected the most leftist presidential candidate in American history, it isn’t difficult to see how the typically Republican state of Virginia went … More>

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Pro-life Death?

November 6, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The victory for Barack Obama and the Democratic Party on Tuesday is the death of the pro-life movement as we know it. The pro-life movement has sought to reverse abortion through legislative action and the courts, and made tremendous gains … More>

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Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

November 2, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The New Year is here. It is time for the annual ritual of resolving to improve ourselves. The joke of course is that New Year’s resolutions rarely last beyond January. At our local YMCA one can observe the increase in … More>

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Sarah Palin’s Real Record on Special Needs

October 31, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Last week, in a major speech on disabilities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, delivered to several groups of medical professionals, Sarah Palin promised that she would be an advocate for special needs families as vice president. It is a theme she has … More>

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Can Obama Win the “Values Voter?”

October 27, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series on Barack Obama and Christian voters. Click here to read part one.

In 2000 and 2004, it was the churchgoing moral-religious “values voters” that made the difference for George W. … More>

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God and Barack Obama

October 24, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part series on Barack Obama, his faith, and Christian voters. Click here to read part two.

Let me begin with what I hope is a credibility enhancer: For daring to write … More>

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V&V Q&A: Dr. Steve Jones on Palin, Pentecostals, and Evangelicals

October 14, 2008 | 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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Joe Biden’s Church Troubles

October 14, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Certain elements in the news media are attacking Sarah Palin’s religious beliefs. This has included several bizarre articles, in mainstream publications, highly critical of her local church. One source blasted her “Neanderthal faith.”

As usual, the liberal press is demonstrating … More>

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“Freedom of Choice” vs. “Born Alive:” Critical Questions for an Obama Administration

September 29, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

In a presidential campaign issues arise and then fade from view. The emergence of new media preoccupations may make it seem as though yesterday’s controversy has been resolved. This is rarely true.

Such is the case with the issue of … More>

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When Does a Baby Get Human Rights?

September 12, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

When Pastor Rick Warren asked Barack Obama “at what point does a baby get human rights,” Sen. Obama hesitated and answered, “Well, you know, I think that whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, … More>

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Is Abortion a Risk to a Woman’s Mental Health?

August 29, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Last week, the American Psychological Association plunged headlong into controversy with the release of a report from the Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion.

The panel, chaired by University of California psychology professor, Brenda Major, produced a 91-page report … More>

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How About McCain on Conception and Embryos?

August 25, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

I wrote a piece last week that was hard on Barack Obama for his troubling non-answers on the question of conception, when life begins, and embryonic stem-cell research.

A quick rehash: Obama has repeatedly said that he doesn’t know when … More>

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Obama and Abortion Survivors: Clarifying the Record

August 20, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

We recently posted an article at National Review on the controversy over Barack Obama’s votes in the Illinois legislature on a statewide version of the federal Born Alive Infant Protection Act (BAIPA)—i.e., legislation requiring medical personnel to provide treatment to … More>

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Abortion and Mental Health Effects: What Will the APA Say?

August 11, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

This week in Boston, the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives will vote to accept or reject a report from its Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion. Convened quietly in April 2006, the committee was asked by the APA … More>

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Breakaway Virginia Churches Win “Round Two”

July 9, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s Note: For more information, please see a previous article by Dr. Sparks, “Seceding Virginia Parishes Win ‘First Round.’”

Eleven local Virginia Episcopal Churches that have taken on the “Goliath” Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA) have won another important victory in … More>

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V&V Q&A: Makers and Takers with Peter Schweizer

June 12, 2008 | 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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Devouring the Clintons

June 3, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago is a raucous place. Not long ago, during the Christmas season, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright—stepping back from his repeated proclamation that “God d— America!”—paused to damn the former president of America: As … More>

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Revisiting the New Deal

May 2, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

As the New Deal celebrates its 75th  birthday, it is a fitting time to reflect on the context in which it occurred, its moral and spiritual underpinnings, and its aims. By significantly increasing the size, spending, and scope of the … More>

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Obama and the Picture of Dorian Gray

April 30, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

In Oscar Wilde’s most chilling work, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the cynical, aging Lord Henry exclaims to his perpetually youthful friend, “I wish I could change places with you, Dorian. The world has cried out against us both, … More>

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Conceiving Conception at Messiah

April 21, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 22, is the big day: the crucial Pennsylvania Primary. It happens here, in my home state, at polling places in big cities like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, medium-sized cities like Erie and Harrisburg, and small towns like mine, … More>

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Blessing vs. Damning America

April 16, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

“I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life…. [I]n my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed….”

—President Ronald Reagan,
Farewell Address, January 11, 1989

“’God Bless America?’ No, no, More>

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Faith & Politics

April 16, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The 12 Virginia Episcopal congregations that voted to leave the Episcopal Church in the U.S.A. (ECUSA) and its Virginia Diocese in late 2006 and early 2007 have been successful in the first round of what promises to be a protracted … More>

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Seceding Virginia Parishes Win “First Round”

April 9, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The 12 Virginia Episcopal congregations that voted to leave the Episcopal Church in the U.S.A. (ECUSA) and its Virginia Diocese in late 2006 and early 2007 have been successful in the first round of what promises to be a protracted … More>

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V&V Q&A: On the Church, State, and JFK vs. Nixon (with Richard Jewell)

March 31, 2008 | by | Topic: The American Story, 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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Atheism Versus the Resurrection

March 25, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

In recent years, it has become fashionable among secular journals to mark Easter week by publishing articles denying that Jesus Christ was resurrected from the tomb. It seems they can always find someone with the credentials of a Christian minister … More>

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V&V Q&A: On the Religious Left, Part II (with Dr. Earl Tilford)

March 20, 2008 | 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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V&V Q&A: On the Religious Left and the Prince of Peace (with Dr. Earl Tilford)

March 19, 2008 | 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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V&V Q&A: On Jefferson, Deism, and Church-State Separation (with Dr. Gary Scott Smith)

March 14, 2008 | 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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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A on the Church & State in 2008

March 7, 2008 | 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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Big Deal in the Balkans

February 22, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

On June 28, 1389 the Serbs lost to the Ottomans at Kosovo Field in the Battle of Kosovo. This began a 500-plus year dominance by the Ottoman Turks in Central Europe, and particularly in that powder keg known as the … More>

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Super Bowl Heart: Longing and Calling for Meaningful Careers

February 6, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

$2,700,000 for 30 seconds of air time for Super Bowl XLII? That price tag is enough to make your heart jump right out of your chest!

Sunday night the heart that jumped out with an “I Quit!” message for the … More>

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