Obama White House Archives

Ignoring God

Books | Anything but the blood of Jesus?
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/26/19, 01:06 pm

Deborah Rhode, in Character: What It Means and Why It Matters (Oxford, 2019), details the lack of character in many recent presidents and other leaders. She wants adults to “model and reward fairness, honesty, empathy, and mutual respect.” She wants each school to “have a plan for character education that stakeholders can help shape, support, and assess.” Rhode, though, ignores the most important factor of all—belief in God.

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Illustration by Gerald L. Holmes

Knowing the ropes

Books | A cowboy’s tool for tricks and plying his trade
by John R. Erickson
Posted 9/21/19, 09:21 am

John Erickson doesn’t write parables, but some of his stories about the cowboy life he once lived would work well in church. The Bible refers to us as sheep, sometimes without a shepherd, but we also act like cattle and anger the Owner of the ranch. In 1982, Erickson, the author of the popular Hank the Cowdog series of books, published a bunch of these stories in The Devil in Texas and Other Cowboy Tales.

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Are atheists overplaying their hand?

Books | Those who are intellectually honest should moderate their claims that science empirically verifies their unbelief
by Christian Smith
Posted 9/14/19, 02:12 pm

Christian Smith likes science, which he calls “one fantastic way to know many things about ourselves and the world.” He dislikes the way atheists have turned it into “an imperialistic, exclusivist, totalizing source of any and all legitimate knowledge about everything.” In Atheist Overreach, Smith points out that atheism’s advocates advance crucial claims that are neither rational nor realistic, and that “deeply personal pseudoscientific commitments” drive claims that science proves atheism.

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