Students at Oberlin College Want Activism for Education

Well, has it come to this or am I reading something from The Onion?  I did verify its truth.  If you look here (http://theweek.com/speedreads/626361/oberlin-students-want-abolish-midterms-grades-below-c, it seems that at least 1,300 students at Oberlin College are demanding that no grade below a C be given and that mid-term examination be eliminated.  Why?  So the students will have more time for activism.  Of course it is radical liberal activism, but that is a side note.  Let’s just forget all grades and all… Continue Reading ››

Podcast. Podcast? Podcast!

Seemingly forever ago, Dr. Clauson and I sat down to record a podcast. This is it. Does it sound as if produced by amateurs? Why yes, yes it does. Appropriate, I think, given that I am the technological guru of the group–which shows the extraordinarily low bar I managed to clear to be designated as the “podcast guy.” I appreciate your feedback.

It was both comic and sad when the shortage in Venezuela was toilet paper, but now…

  its getting serious.  News reports continue daily on the deteriorating state of dysfunctionality called government in Venezuela.  Not only is food shortage a significant problem for many, but basic protection and law and order functions are missing in action.  This is leading to vigilante justice, with some suspected criminals being burned alive on the streets.  So we are beyond the usual high inflation and heavy-handed regulation–they are running out of food. “President” Maduro–should we really honor someone in his position… Continue Reading ››

Some News of the Day/Week

The following is just a little briefing that focuses our attention on some important recent issues (or at least what I think is interesting): Full disclosure: I am not a prolific user of social media, and I sometimes look down (secretly) on those who are—maybe I am really just jealous and I certainly am technologically challenged.  But I do on occasion use Facebook—but I do not tweet, as that seems like I should be chirping.  Still, I read with some… Continue Reading ››

Three Cheers for the Liberal Arts

What do we mean by the term “liberal arts”?  By a “liberal arts college” or a “commitment to the liberal arts”?  The definition is important, but even more important is why we should care that a college has a commitment (at the least) to the liberal arts?  Moreover, what is the difference between simply liberal arts and Christian liberal arts?  I hope to address some of these questions satisfactorily.  I hope more than that to revive or kindle a passion… Continue Reading ››

An Entirely Too Long Post on Religious Liberty and Conscience

Religious liberty is seemingly coming under greater attack, either culturally or legally.  As of now, a good many of the instances of this attack are represented in opposition to Christian attempts to claim what we may call “conscience rights.”  What is conscience, that which someone called “that little voice in our heads”?  What legitimate role does it play in Christian responses to perceived sin which they believe they are implicated in by their actions?  Can conscience be defined precisely enough… Continue Reading ››

What is Our Life?

I was reading a book the other day and happened across mention of part of a poem by William Butler Yeats, written in 1938, entitled “Politics.”  I thought it was interesting in the context in which it was cited, which was a discussion of the term and concept, “politics.”  One might think a poem with that title would emphasize politics, and in one sense it does, but as I see it, primarily in its reminder of what politics is not. … Continue Reading ››

Christian Integration of Faith and Worldview, Part 3

This is the third and last (some are saying “how long O Lord”) of a series of blogs on Christian worldview.  I defined what is meant by worldview, by integration of worldview in academic disciplines, the role of presuppositions as a starting point, the elements of any worldview and the issues of the relationship of general to special revelation as well as interpretation of Scripture.  Here I will continue my brief expansion of the elements of an explicitly Christian worldview,… Continue Reading ››

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau saving the day!

A major part of the Dodd-Frank bill that Mr. Obama and the Democratic congress of 2009-2010 was the creation of an agency to protect consumers, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  Dodd-Frank was troubling enough; I’ll not delve too deeply into that murky mess other than to note the irony of the financial reform bill having the names of Barney “I’ll not allow any reform of Fannie/Freddie” Frank and Chris “Sweetheart countrywide loan deal” Dodd, two of the principle instruments… Continue Reading ››

Make America Grade Again

Make America Grade Again! You see, there are these tests. Piles of tests, an absolute nightmare. These exams, they are choking the life out of professors. I remember when we did not have these tests. You know, I have it on good authority that these tests, from these freshmen, they are terrible. Terrible! If we want to Make America Grade Again, we have to deal with these tests. I have a plan. I am going to build a great big… Continue Reading ››

Quote of the Week!

“We are certainly as far from capitalism in its pure form as we are from any system of central planning. The world today is just interventionist chaos.”–F.A. Hayek