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Enjoy the ponderings of the Star's contributors and add your own thoughts. As this section develops, we hope it may become a medium for an exchange of ideas among those who are working towards the cultural revival.

  • January 5th, 2013The Lethal Influence of the Sub-Humanities.by Colin Jory

    If you take a poll of genuine academics with proven credentials in substantive disciplines where there is still much genuine engagement with fact to get at truth – I am speaking not only of the empirical sciences and mathematics, but of many or most History, Philosophy, Languages and Law departments, and even of some English Literature departments – asking them what they regard as the most flaky, doctrine-driven, truthophobic, quack disciplines on the campuses, the answer would be near unanimous – Women’s Studies, Social Work (at the level of theory), Sociology, Psychology, and Education (at the level of theory).

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  • January 5th, 2013Aphorismsby Kevin O'Brien

    You want to have fun?  Get between an addict and his drug. 

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  • January 4th, 2013Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day - January 5by Kevin O'Brien

    While I was busy the other day blogging about supporting Hobby Lobby, my friend Joe Grabowski started a Facebook page to organize and focus that support. 

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  • January 4th, 2013Antipodean Nonsense - Or Turning Middle-Earth Upside Downby Joseph Pearce

    My good friend, Elwyn Fairburn, the author of the musings about the new Hobbit film, which I posted on December 27th (Radagast the Ridiculous), has sent a response in a thread to that post which I find very enlightening, insightful, incisive and amusing. As such, I'm resurrecting his comments so that they may have new life (and more readers) in the form of a new post in its own right.
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  • January 4th, 2013The Devil Witnessing for Christby Kevin O'Brien

    The witness of the devil is why I believe in God.  Bad Christians have shown me the Way to Christ.  Sinners have shown me the meaning of holiness.

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  • January 4th, 2013No Faith = No Futureby Joseph Pearce

    It's so obvious but so often overlooked. I refer to the correlation beetween birth rate and religious faith. Those with no faith tend to have no children. It is equally obvious though equally often overlooked that the absence of faith is connected to the presence of pride. Pride means putting ourselves first. Pride is selfishness - and selfishness has no time for selflessness, especially the selflessness demanded by the demands of parenthood.

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  • January 4th, 2013Laughter and the Love of Friendsby Joseph Pearce

    From quiet homes and first beginning,
    out to the undiscovered ends,
    there's nothing worth the wear of winning,
    but laughter and the love of friends.
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  • January 3rd, 2013Out, Damned Spots!by Kevin O'Brien

    I was quite serious in my last post when I wrote that the (unspoken) logic behind abortion is not "An unborn baby is not a person and therefore has no rights", but rather, "An unborn baby is certainly a person, but no person has any rights, since human beings have no intrinsic value."

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  • January 2nd, 2013In God’s Sweet Graceby Pavel Chichikov

    I’d been watching lots of Russian Folk Chorus videos recently, and then came across this exceptionally lovely and moving song, “A Poor Little Bird sat in a Cage”.

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  • January 2nd, 2013Just Kill Itby Kevin O'Brien

    My son Colin, home for the holidays, tells me that his friend Steve, who happens to be my favorite atheist, has a unique argument concerning abortion.

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  • January 2nd, 2013Tolkien’s Catholicismby Joseph Pearce

    I've received an e-mail request for further reading on the Catholic dimension of Tolkien's work. I thought the list of books on the topic that I sent to this correspondent might also interest visitors to the Ink Desk:

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  • January 2nd, 2013Just Kill Itby Kevin O'Brien

    My son Colin, home for the holidays, tells me that his friend Steve, who happens to be my favorite atheist, has a unique argument concerning abortion.

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  • January 2nd, 2013Mentioning Humanism, 3by Dena Hunt

    In its online religion column yesterday, the New York Times asks where the non-believers are in times of crisis like the Newtown massacre. Citing the rallying-round of diverse religious groups, the Times seems to sympathize with the non-religiously affiliated:

    “To raise these queries is not to play gotcha, or to be judgmental in a dire time. In fact, some leaders within the humanist movement — an umbrella term for those who call themselves atheists, agnostics, secularists and freethinkers, among other terms — are ruefully and self-critically saying the same thing themselves. . . .  ‘It is a failure of community, and that’s where the answer for the future has to lie,’ said Greg M. Epstein, 35, the humanist chaplain at Harvard and author of the book “Good Without God.” ‘What religion has to offer to people at moments like this — more than theology, more than divine presence — is community. And we need to provide an alternative form of community if we’re going to matter for the increasing number of people who say they are not believers.’”

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  • December 31st, 2012Bilbo Wagginsby Joseph Pearce

    No, you read it correctly. It's not a typo. Bilbo Waggins is or was a rather famous canine "singer".

    I receive all sorts of correspondence, forwarded to me by my publishers, but this is one of the strangest and most humorous. In this festive season I thought I'd share it with visitors to the Ink Desk.

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  • December 31st, 2012Liberty is More Than a Hobbyby Kevin O'Brien

    Breitbart has a thrilling story about the Christian couple who run Hobby Lobby, and their plans for civil disobedience in the face of Obama's unjust HHS Mandate.

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  • December 29th, 2012White Christmasby Sophia Mason

    When I left my family's house on the 26th, it was snowing.  It had started snowing on Christmas Eve, and kept the habit up, on and off, with breaks for the air to crystallize, for two days.  It was the first white Christmas we've had in some time, and one of the best in memory.

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  • December 29th, 2012A False Concordby Kevin O'Brien

    So a group called Patriotic Christian Quotes posts this chart on Facebook ...

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  • December 29th, 2012Newman A to Z: Eucharistby Joseph Pearce

    He does not merely present Himself before us as the object of worship, but God actually gives Himself to us to be received into our breasts ... It is the life of our religion.
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  • December 27th, 2012The Triumph of Godby Pavel Chichikov

    More than 20 years ago, as the Soviet Union was falling, I went on a trip to northern Russia with an environmental group. The purpose of the visit was to collect samples from the fish of the White Sea, so they could be tested for dioxins and furans, common environmental toxins in the almost unregulated Soviet environment. These chlorine-containing organic compounds are known to be potent causes of birth defects, even in very small amounts. They are most often found in dairy products and sea foods. The group was after fish bladders as representative samples.

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  • December 27th, 2012Radagast the Ridiculousby Joseph Pearce

    A friend of mine in England, responding to my own comments, has written rather amusingly about the strengths and weaknesses of Peter Jackson's movie adaptation of The Hobbit:
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