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Groupthinking and moral viewsRussell Shaw

As a kind of back-to-school gift to students, professors at three of the nation's prestige schools offered them a piece of good advice: "Think for yourself." "The danger any student--or faculty member--faces ...

Impromptu threats are counterproductive Russell Shaw

Nicolas Maduro and Kim Jong Un are unalike in many ways, but one thing the strongmen of Venezuela and North Korea do have in common: both have been threatened by President Donald Trump. Both cases also ...

'ABCs of the Christian Life'Russell Shaw

I suppose it will be considered heresy in some quarters, but I've never been what you would call a fan of the writing of G.K. Chesterton. Some people can't get enough of GKC. I can. Not that I haven't ...

Ignoring the role played by Christianity in shaping Europe Russell Shaw

Looking at things from this side of the Atlantic, it is easy to think of Europe as a single, united entity. Seen up close it's not so clear. National identity keeps getting in the way. French, German, ...

After Trinity Lutheran Russell Shaw

Will a preschool kids' playground turn out to be the path that leads to ending a historic form of discrimination against church-sponsored schools in America? For the moment, the best answer to that question ...

The war on chastity Russell Shaw

G.K. Chesterton got a lot of things right. Here's one: "The moment sex ceases to be a servant it becomes a tyrant." Evidence for the destructive consequences of tyrannical sex abounds in wrecked relationships, ...

First and secondRussell Shaw

Along with the customary cluster of cookouts, parades, and fireworks, the 4th of July this year brings something different to the observance of our great national festival. "America First" is President ...

A new strategy to fight addiction crisis Russell Shaw

It would be too simple to say that temperance is the sole solution to America's multifaceted crisis of addiction, but it's entirely realistic to think there will be no solution that leaves out temperance. ...