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Feeling Secure? (02-Jan-04)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
As the winter holidays surged into full gallop, the government raised the color-coded terror alert system to "orange," meaning the chance of terrorist activity is "elevated"—and only one tier down from "red," which evidently signals the end of the world as we know it. ...
Christmas Contradictions (26-Dec-03)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
An anonymous quotation making the rounds of the Internet this year runs, "Christmas is weird. What other time of year do you sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?" Though it may induce a chuckle from its readers, most people either miss or ignore the larger point: Christmas is a bundle of contradictions, inanities, and outright lies. ...
Peace and Safety (19-Dec-03)
by David C. Grabbe
...By this accounting, it has been a pretty good year. For the time being, we can relax. We have "peace and safety." Right? It all depends on who or what is our biggest threat. ...
Spirit and Truth (12-Dec-03)
by David C. Grabbe
...Written by Joe Kovacs, "Christmas in America becomes battleground" reveals the pagan origins of this esteemed tradition and demonstrates why increasing numbers of "fundamentalist Christians" are realizing that one cannot "put Christ" back into something in which He never was. ...
Apologies to C.S. Lewis (05-Dec-03)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Dear Bollix, Just a short note to congratulate you on the wonderful job you are doing overseeing the American religious landscape. ...
Thankful Forever (28-Nov-03)
by Martin G. Collins
Distractions abound with all of the commercials enticing us to buy this TV or that video game for Christmas. ...
Expanding Government (21-Nov-03)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
"Government, government everywhere" fairly summarizes last week's essay, and we could add, "not an innocent in sight. ...
Ubiquitous Government (14-Nov-03)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In today's America, government is everywhere. ...
Expecting More (07-Nov-03)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
..."The Rosenthal Effect," as it is widely known, states that the expectations of a mentor do influence the performance of those he teaches, although the manner in which he conveys his expectations is oftentimes difficult to substantiate. ...
What's With Education Today? (31-Oct-03)
by Martin G. Collins
Statistics show that the more education an American citizen has, the more likely he will support such human perversions as abortion and homosexuality. ...
Grow Up! (24-Oct-03)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. ...
Merit (03-Oct-03)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Most of us probably remember the series of commercials run on television several years ago by a financial services company with the tagline, "We make our money the old-fashioned way: We earn it. ...
'I Will Come Again' (26-Sep-03)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
...The date on our calendar is not as important as the day itself. On it is the first autumnal new moon, which in most years marks the holy day called by the Jews Rosh Hashanah. This Hebrew phrase, however, obscures the significance of the day, as it simply means "the beginning of the year"--and the Jews keep it primarily as a New Years' celebration. The Bible calls it "a memorial of blowing of trumpets" (Leviticus 23:24), and thus we call it simply the "Feast of Trumpets." ...
Already Immortal? (19-Sep-03)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
"And the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. ...
Sowing and Reaping (12-Sep-03)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Two years ago yesterday, tens of millions of Americans were glued to their televisions, watching the terror and its aftermath in New York City, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania. ...
America First? (05-Sep-03)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Most of us have heard country singer Lee Greenwood's most famous song, "Proud to Be an American. ...
What Does It Say? (29-Aug-03)
by Martin G. Collins
For weeks now debate has raged over whether the Ten Commandments monument in the Alabama courthouse should be removed. ...
Inured, Calloused, Apathetic (22-Aug-03)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
I have always liked words, though they are nothing in themselves but symbols of meanings. ...
Power (15-Aug-03)
by David C. Grabbe
If there is calamity in a city, will not the LORD have done it? (Amos 3:6) ...
Arnold, Messiah? (08-Aug-03)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The big story over the last few days has been the "surprise" candidacy of movie superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger for governor of California. ...


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