I must have been 11 or 12 when I saw "Gone with the Wind" for the first time. For at least a couple of days after that, I went around trying to be Melanie Hamilton. It took my mother and her mother, my Grandma Martie, about five minutes to figure out what I was up to, and they found it utterly hilarious. Grandma loved "Gone with the Wind" -- I believe it was her favorite movie -- but unlike me, she had no use for the sweet and gentle Melanie.
Martha "Martie" Loreno, who died on Tuesday at the age of 92, was Scarlett at heart -- fiery, stubborn, fun-loving, with a free spirit and an iron will. (And a yen for Clark Gable.) When I wrote her obituary for her hometown paper, I noticed that her outer life looked utterly conventional: marriage, children, a life of hard work in a Pennsylvania small town. But outer lives can be deceiving. READ FULL ARTICLE »
So now that self-determination means men can become women, women can become men and either can choose from at least 56 other gender options, Mark Tooley at the Institute for Religion and Democracy says points along the traditional spectrum from male to female will soon become passé. Before long, he half-jokingly predicts, the activists who seem bent on subjectifying every objective fact of human biology will move beyond their own genus, insisting that—despite all appearances—they are, deep down inside, wild animals.
“I feel that the nightmare of Nineteen Eighty-Four is destined to modulate into the nightmare of a world having more resemblance to that which I imagined in Brave New World. The change will be brought about as a result of a felt need for increased efficiency.”
During the Cold War, “Nineteen Eighty-Four” held the ideas that gripped our social consciousness for more than 40 years. Yet since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the nightmare of thought police, constant surveillance, and reeducation hasn’t diminished, but intensified. READ FULL ARTICLE »
About 25 years ago, I read the book “Miracles and the Critical Mind” by Colin Brown, which, although I didn’t know it at the time, was to serve as part of my introduction to the subject that has occupied much of my adult life, Christian worldview. (I really wish someone would come up with a better expression for what it is we do here at BreakPoint and the Colson Center.)
Brown’s survey of the way philosophers (the “critical mind” of the title) have dealt with—i.e., attempted to discredit the very idea of—miracles is important. But it is, Brown’s excellent prose notwithstanding, not for everyone.
The Christian who feels compelled to assure everybody that he or she is TOTALLY FINE with same-sex marriage, and on board with LGBT issues in general, is becoming a more and more common trope. In the past few weeks alone, I've run across it in two different books by Christians: "My Bright Abyss," a book by poet Christian Wiman about dealing with terminal illness, and "A Pelican of the Wilderness," by UCC pastor Robert W. Griggs, a book about dealing with depression. Most recently, I saw it in an interview with actor and church worship leader Charlie Pollock.
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In certain conservative circles, I've noticed, anti-college sentiment has been steadily growing. Matt Walsh encapsulates much of that sentiment here (H/T Alan Noble).
The biggest problem with this sentiment is its all-or-nothing nature. One can acknowledge the flaws in modern higher education and the troubling trend of crippling student loan debt without calling on everyone to "boycott college." Not everyone should go, certainly, but many students benefit in countless ways from the college experience. And they benefit others too, just by being there. After all, we know how bad things can get when a significant number of Christians withdraws altogether from a particular area. (Look what it did to the entertainment industry!) READ FULL ARTICLE »