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Cultivating civility: It’s gonna take self-control

Self-expression or self-control? Given which one our society prefers, it’s no wonder civility is in short supply. A week or so after the terrorist attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, Pope Francis told reporters several things that the postmodern ...

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5 family-affirming New Year’s resolutions

My first New Year’s resolution took place as a young adult, when I pledged to read the Bible—from Genesis to Revelation—in one year. I remember enjoying Genesis and Exodus, struggling a bit with Leviticus and Numbers, and then getting bogged ...

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New Year’s ReVolution!

Are you one that starts every January 1st making “new” New Year’s resolutions? Are you saying to yourself or those around you, “I’m going to start working out and eating healthy.” How about, “I’m going to stop spending so much ...

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Game changer


Marriage, like life generally, is not for the faint of heart. It confounds and confronts us at all stages of the journey. Being in close proximity and confidence with another person has a way of bringing up all kinds of ...

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The dream of virtual immortality

Virtual immortality

The digital revolution has changed the way we live—but it has also changed the way we die. When George Washington died it took a week for the news to travel from Virginia to New York. Boston didn’t learn our founding ...

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  • Commercial surrogacy exploits women, opponents say
    The state of Washington last week legalized commercial surrogacy. Opponents argued the measure exploits women and children by commodifying the womb, but advocates in February successfully pushed the bill through the state House and Senate by narrow margins. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, signed it into law on March 6. The measure updates the […]
  • Stephen Hawking’s journey into atheism
    Say the words “British,” “scientist” and “atheist” and the first person to come to mind probably isn’t Stephen Hawking. But while Hawking, the theoretical physicist who died Wednesday (March 14) at age 76, was certainly overshadowed in the atheist department by his countryman, the evolutionary biologist and atheist activist Richard Dawkins, Hawking’s atheism was more […]
  • States consider child marriage bans
    An 11-year-old rape victim in Florida, a 14-year-old ninth-grader in Texas, a sexually abused 16-year-old in Kentucky. They are among thousands of girls forced to marry adult men in the past 50 years under laws permitting such unions in most U.S. states. “This is not about me. I survived,” 58-year-old Sherry Johnson told CBS news […]
  • The Oscars, worldview, and ‘The Shape of Water’
    And the winner is…..yet another film that most of us won’t want to see. Learn why more Americans are ignoring Oscar-winning movies. Did you watch the Academy Awards? Even if you didn’t, you may have heard that a film titled “The Shape of Water,” a romantic fantasy set during the Cold War, won the Best […]
  • We will not survive in this irrational world of political correctness!
    I was never a fan of French Alt-Right “Front National Party” leader, Jean Marie Le Pen and I am not a fan of his daughter who currently heads that party. Marine Le Pen might be more polished and diplomatic than her father, but she still represents an ideology that is toxic to a balanced political approach […]