Monthly Archives: January 2016

My Tower Experience

I recently stumbled across a perversely interesting article, posted by a Facebook friend who apparently has dealt with his own protracted struggle with rigid orthodoxy. The article, aptly titled “Early Warning Signs of Adult Onset Calvinism,” explores the various ways … Continue reading

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When Alabama Republicans Were Purple

A couple of weeks ago, I finished Jon Meacham’s most recent book, “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George H.W. Bush.” It is an unusually well-researched and well-written biography. The chapters dealing with Bush’s 1980 presidential campaign bring back … Continue reading

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Why Consign Religion to the Cognitive Ash Bin?

With delicious irony, they are derided by some philosophers and social pundits as the “new evangelicals”: the small but rather vociferous group of atheistic proselytizers — Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris, serving as the principal protagonists  — who contend that … Continue reading

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The American Co-Presidency that Almost Was

As an avid reader of history, I’m fascinated by how history often turns on a dime, something of which I was recently reminded reading “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush” by Jon Meacham. Hard work … Continue reading

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A New Federalism? Don’t Hold Your Breath

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is calling for a Convention of the States to rein in federal power and to restore some measure of balance to the American federal system. It’s a nonstarter, frankly, and it’s also fundamentally flawed. We don’t … Continue reading

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