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The Transcendence of Beauty

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Release Date: 01/17/2020

Reactions in the Roe v. Wade Case, Is the Supreme Court Violating the Establishment Clause, show art Reactions in the Roe v. Wade Case, Is the Supreme Court Violating the Establishment Clause,

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After discussing the horrific death of migrants in San Antonio, John and Maria talk about the reactions of some Christians to the overturning of Roe v. Wade. They analyze the hedging that is occurring and insist there’s no shame in being grateful. Afterward, they parse misunderstandings of the establishment clause for Supreme Court cases on religious liberty.   — Recommendations —            — In Show References —      Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler     “The Vatican's...

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We Aren’t Two People show art We Aren’t Two People

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potential employees are beginning to discover the cost of their online behavior.  "The rise of the online self means the employer’s eye can travel … past your desk, past your office and into your home, family and even (through ill-judged social-media posts) your most intimate thoughts. Today, companies wield the sort of spy power less commonly associated with directors than with dictators, even deities." Of course, this shouldn’t come as a surprise since our “most intimate thoughts” aren’t online in the first place unless someone chooses to post them. Still, the fact that...

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The Life and Legacy of Harriet Beecher Stowe show art The Life and Legacy of Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Today marks the death of Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), a Christian whose storytelling ability inspired thousands to see the evils of slavery. Born in Litchfield, Connecticut, Harriet was the sixth child of prominent Presbyterian minister Lyman Beecher. Unlike many girls from that time period, she received a first-class education, attending the Hartford Female Seminary which was run by her older sister Catharine.   In 1832, Harriet’s father became president of Lane Theological Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio. The city was booming at the time, but competition for jobs between Irish...

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The Great Firewall of China show art The Great Firewall of China

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“For many years, the internet in China was seen as a channel for new thinking, or at least greater openness,” . “Online discussions were relatively free and open, and users, especially younger ones, had an eager appetite for learning and debating big ideas about political systems and how China should be governed.”    That changed when Xi Jinping took power. Explaining what’s known as China’s “Great Firewall,” Wang notes, “the government got savvier, and more aggressive about using its own technology.” For example, dissidents, journalists, and public figures...

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The Disparity Antiracists Don’t Talk About show art The Disparity Antiracists Don’t Talk About

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In all the talk about racial injustices, the racial disparities for abortion are ignored. And that’s because we would need to talk about marriage. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is Breakpoint.  Recently in The Wall Street Journal, Jason Riley asked a provocative question, In it, he describes how the “black abortion rate is nearly four times higher than the white rate,” how more black babies in New York City are aborted than born, and how “[n]ationally, the number of babies aborted by black women each year far exceeds the combined number of blacks who drop out of school, are...

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Even King James Gets Lonely show art Even King James Gets Lonely

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Last month, tweeted, “It’s a weird feeling to feel so alone sometimes!” He received over 4,000 replies from people expressing sympathy, disbelief, and from some, criticism.   It can be difficult to understand how rich, famous celebrities, like LeBron, could be lonely. Doesn’t he have it all? Four NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals, a marriage to his high school sweetheart, three kids, and still, he feels lonely, even when 138,000 people liked his tweet saying so.   The problem with having it all is defining “it all.” Define it wrong, and you could get...

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Another Win for Religious Liberty show art Another Win for Religious Liberty

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This term of the U.S. Supreme Court has been consequential, to say the least. In addition to the landmark decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in , the court has now issued a second ruling that protects religious freedom. The first, issued about a week ago, from being singled out and discriminated against by state-run entities and programs. The 6-3 decision was consistent with previous rulings in and that state programs available to non-religious entities cannot be withheld from religious entities simply because they are religious. Instead, the state bears the burden of proof to demonstrate a...

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Lightyear Critics Will “Die off Like Dinosaurs,” Says Captain America show art Lightyear Critics Will “Die off Like Dinosaurs,” Says Captain America

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Disney’s newest Pixar film, Lightyear, . While critics puzzle over why, an obvious reason is parents are tiring of the constant indoctrination in sexual matters. They feel betrayed by the once trusted Toy Story franchise.  All that may come as a surprise to Chris Evans, the new voice of Buzz, who recently said concerned parents are “idiots” who will soon “die off like the dinosaurs.” Not only, as Hans Fiene noted, is it strange for 41-year-old man with no children to predict the extinction of the fertile, it’s strange to leave children asking whether girls can marry girls,...

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As Culture Changes, Truth Does Not show art As Culture Changes, Truth Does Not

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There are certain moments in history, such as the end of the Roman Empire or the dawn of the Enlightenment, when it becomes obvious just how much the cultural ground has shifted. In such moments, cultural norms that once fostered social cohesion and defined the good life can change dramatically. Shared ways of thinking, such as the definitions of words, can no longer be taken for granted.   It’s precisely at these historical hinge points that Christians must “re-catechize” themselves. This means recommitting to what is true and good, and regrounding who we are and how we live...

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Feds Change Title IX Again: Help for Educators show art Feds Change Title IX Again: Help for Educators

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The U.S. Department of Education is changing the rules again, and, again, forcing teachers into situations they may not be prepared for. On June 23, , going forward, gender identity would be included in protected classes under Title IX.  Between the efforts of federal officials implementing the latest executive orders and the activism of LGBTQ advocacy groups, school administrators struggle to keep up. Too often they end up caving to these outsiders by crafting new rules of dubious legality. Even though some of these bureaucratic diktats have been successfully challenged in court, those...

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Along with talking about Millennials interest in socialism, they discuss our next Short Course, "Preparing for the 2020 Elections" as well as our upcoming Wilberforce Weekend.

They wrap up the show by noting the passing of Roger Scruton and Christopher Tolkien (the son of J. R. R. Tolkien), both men who were defenders and purveyors of beauty--transcendent beauty that lifts the human spirit, beauty "that is grounded ultimately in the nature of God Himself who is beautiful, who is beauty itself."

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