The Rhetorical Brilliance of Trump the Demagogue

Donald Trump’s December 7 Statement on Preventing Muslim Immigration has attracted worldwide disdain. Nearly 500,000 Britons have signed a petition asking their government to prevent Trump from entering their country. In the US, Trump’s comments have been denounced by Democrats, Republicans, the media and religious groups. Yet a recent poll has found that 37% of[…]

Trump Rally Postponed Due to Security Concerns, Massive Protest Splits Crowd

Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune From Katherine Skiba and Geoff Ziezulewicz at The Chicago Tribune: Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump canceled his Friday night rally at the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion due to security concerns, including thousands of protesters who gathered outside. Inside the arena, an announcement was made that Trump, upon arriving in Chicago,[…]

Ohio Judge Rules in Favor of Sanders – 17-year-olds Can Participate in Primary

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – An Ohio judge ruled Friday that teenagers celebrating their 18th birthday before November’s election are entitled to have their votes for presidential nominees counted in next week’s state primary. “Plaintiffs are entitled to a judgment that the secretary abused his discretion,” Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Richard Frye said[…]

Robert Fludd and His Images of The Divine

Between 1617 and 1621 the English physician and polymath Robert Fludd published his masterwork Utriusque Cosmi, a book split into two volumes and packed with over 60 intricate engravings. Urszula Szulakowska explores the philosophical and theological ideas behind the extraordinary images found in the second part of the work. Illustration Wikimedia Commons Robert Fludd was[…]

Outrage in Matrera Over Botched Castle Restoration

Before and after pictures of Castle Matrera. (Photo by The Guardian) From Medievalists.net: “A botched restoration attempt in Spain has garnered international attention and condemnation from locals, historians and conservationists. Located in Villamartin, a city in the province of Cádiz Spain, the crumbling Moorish castle has been wrecked in an bungled attempt to save it[…]

100 Reasons the Earth is Old

Image NOAA From Jonathan Baker, doctoral candidate geoscience, Christian: How do we know the Earth is older than literalistic readings of the Bible seem to imply? Geologists have been wrestling with this question for centuries, especially those pioneers in the Earth sciences (e.g. Nicolas Steno, William Buckland, Hugh Miller, Thomas Chalmers, and even Charles Darwin) who were also devout[…]

The Family as Rome’s Foundation

1st century CE limestone Roman funeral memorial with portraits. (Archaeological Museum, Milan) From Professor Donald L. Wasson, Professor of Ancient/Medieval/U.S. History, Lincoln College: “Whether there was a king, a consul, or an emperor that stood supreme over Rome and its territories, the one constant throughout Roman history was the family. Like many earlier societies, the[…]

Following the Oregon Trail

By Jeremy Runnalls / 03.01.2016 The push to increase minimum wages in the U.S. has picked up steam since the financial crisis, spurred on by mounting public pressure to combat income inequality. President Barack Obama has become a vocal advocate for boosting the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, while Democratic presidential candidates Hillary[…]

‘Stand up for persecuted atheists,’ bishop urges Catholics

Bishop Declan Lang highlighted the plight of persecuted Christians (©Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk) From the Catholic Herald: The Bishop of Clifton has called on Catholics to stand up for persecuted atheists around the world. In an article for the Universe, Bishop Declan Lang, who is also chair of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference Department for International Affairs, said: “The[…]