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  • The Really Revolutionary Revolution

    This week, Letters of Note published a remarkable letter from Aldous Huxley to George Orwell, upon the publication of “Nineteen Eighty-Four.” In it, Huxley thanks Orwell for his vision and compares it to that of his own dystopian novel, “Brave New World”:

    “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.
  • The Ultimate Irony

    A young woman arrived at Wellesley, announced she was "masculine-of-center genderqueer," and asked to be called Timothy.

    Now, other students at this women's college are fighting to keep Timothy from becoming multicultural affairs coordinator on the student-government cabinet . . . because it would send the wrong message to have a white man in that position.

    (H/T Katherine Timpf, National Review Online)READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Metaxas, Lewis, and an Aerobic Workout

    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.

    That’s why I’m happy to recommend Eric Metaxas's new book, “Miracles.”
  • Who's Obsessed Here?

    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. READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Boycott College? Not So Fast

    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!)
  • Houston Mayor May Rethink Sermon Subpoenas

    After the uproar over Houston pastors being required to turn over all sermons dealing with any aspect of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (which Eric Metaxas will be talking about tomorrow on BreakPoint Radio), the city is rethinking things. Mayor Annise Parker has admitted that the subpoenas were too broad and promises that they "will be clarified."

    Or as Alan Eason put it on Facebook: "If you like your sermons, you can keep your sermons."

    (Note: An earlier version of this post said that the city had "backed down," but the Alliance Defending Freedom states that the city has not yet taken "concrete action.")READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Shane Makes a Splash

    It's not easy having a young, intelligent, and spirited assistant editor. G. Shane Morris, who goes by his middle name, is never afraid to "call 'em as he sees 'em." So I try to monitor his, shall we say, Web footprint.

    You may have heard that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee called out Republicans on the issue of gay marriage, saying that they need to "grow a spine." Well, Rand Paul's folks went to Facebook to say that Republicans should agree to disagree on the issue. That's when Shane weighed in with a comment . . . which as of now has more than 1,400 likes.

    See below. READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • The New Definition of 'Hubris'

    That would be declaring oneself "a first-rate intellect" for believing that it's acceptable to destroy what one admits is an unborn human life.READ FULL ARTICLE »

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  • Resurrection in The New York Times

    Could someone explain Christianity to the New York Times? For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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