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'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. ...

Discerning the newsRussell Shaw

Just when you think things can't get any worse, they do. That's been the story of Donald Trump's relationship with the media for a long time, and we aren't seeing the end of it yet. I don't wish to ...

Legalism versus morality Russell Shaw

In case you didn't notice, Pope Francis thinks legalism is a bad thing--and that's good news. For legalism, correctly understood, is opposed to authentic morality. The Pope returned to this theme, ...