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Brantley Gilbert and Fatherhood

Fatherhood is a common theme in country music. Countless songs have been written expressing gratitude from artists towards their fathers. Brantley Gilbert’s new song, “Man Who Hung the Moon,” is instead written from the perspective of a father talking to a newborn child. In it, Gilbert expresses a wise awareness of the awesome responsibility of fatherhood and a profound understanding of its purpose. 

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Where Tradition Goes Wrong

The value of having a variety of traditional, orthodox forms of liturgy, is that there is a wide array of options within the Catholic Church that one can choose from without departing from the truth. By routinely fetishizing traditional liturgical forms of worship, orthodox Catholics move ever closer to creating a “Church of the museum,” falling in love with the things which pass away, and forgetting the fundamental truth that the Eucharist is the “source and summit of Christian life.”

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Tolkien and Friendship

The recent film Tolkien spends relatively little time portraying the works for which J.R.R Tolkien is famous. He does not even begin writing The Hobbit until the last scene of the movie. Instead, the movie focused on his early life, specifically his friendship with three schoolmates to whom he was intensely loyal. Although this might seem like an odd storytelling choice, it provides an illuminating glimpse of Tolkien’s life and presents a clear picture of what friendship can and should be.

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The Kite Runner and Virtuous Fatherhood

Although he was far from a perfect man, Amir’s father shows us the value of a father who can teach his children virtue. Amir was naturally inclined to be a coward and spent most of his life indulging that inclination. However, living with an example of manly courage as a father produced a healthy sense of shame within Amir. He had seen what it meant to be a brave man and therefore knew that he fell short.

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The Oscars' Popularity Problem

It comes down to the simple fact that people no longer care about the Oscars because all they seem to do is award films that the general public has never seen, let alone heard of. Popular films for the most part are kept out of the main categories and delegated to technical categories—Black Panther and A Star is Born are excellent examples of this. Both tapped into the mood of the nation, moved audiences, generated a sizable profit, were nominated for the highest prize but got nothing more than a proverbial pat on the back.

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Lindsey Gies and the American Heart

In early December, Shelby High School senior and homecoming queen Lindsey Gies was rushed to the hospital. She would spend the next 53 days recovering from a severe infection, losing both of her legs below the knee as well as her fingertips. As her illness continued to unfold, the people of Shelby rallied behind the Gies family.

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Politics Was Always Uncivil

So instead of being depressed at our current political climate, take heart! What we’re going through is nothing new in human history. For as long as free government has existed, and for as long as it will exist, people will continue to engage in mudslinging, character assassination, spreading of lies, and other outrageous accusations.

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Tolkien's Plea for Christian Unity

Sauron also tries many ways to dominate his enemies. He works not by marching powerful armies into the field, but by dividing and corrupting his enemies, the free people of Middle Earth. This is manifested in ways that are similar to the ways Satan works to divide and corrupt Christians.   

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Debunking the Science v Religion Myth

In many circles of the modern science community, theistic religion is portrayed as an anti-factual boogeyman intent on destroying human progress. Science itself becomes a religion with its own laws, clergymen, martyrs, infallible doctrine, and oral history. Any “human advancement” met with theistic skepticism or moral opposition becomes a crusade against scientific infidels whose concepts of supernatural law must be stamped out. This includes, of course, a revisionist account of the past to inspire the “heroic” progressives of today.

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Mary Oliver: A Rain, Rising

This week, we mourn the loss of another dear friend, Mary Oliver—she was 83. Her short volumes overwhelm my writing desk in my home’s library, although thousands of other volumes form a canopy all around me. They are short but today they are heavy. Like Oliver’s poems exemplify and Dr. Schramm’s extended stare out his window displays, however, this is only my library—my true “study is out of doors.”

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Bruce and the Art of Rock ’n’ Roll Storytelling

Above all, Bruce’s music reminds us what great rock ’n’ roll is and has always been about: the human condition. It’s an art of American storytelling, and nobody has done it better or longer than Bruce. The Broadway album slips seamlessly between song and speech, poetry and prose, narration and prayer. It’s passionate, vulgar, reverent, tearful, kind, angry, humble, proud, and funny. It is profoundly human, a feature that distinguishes great music from the profanely human music of lesser artists.

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Forgive, But Don’t Forget

Szekely admitting to his gross behavior and withdrawing for self-reflection is a far bigger gesture of repentance than many of his celebrity colleagues have made. It raises the question: if a public figure genuinely demonstrates regret for causing others pain (rather than merely being sorry for having been caught), should we as a society show some sort of mercy and accept their apology?

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Does Liberalism Strangle the Virtue it Requires?

Yet democratic liberalism, for all its prosperous fruits, is beginning to show underlying pathologies that cannot be fixed using its own premises. To suggest we return to the earlier liberalism of the Founders, wherein the cultivation of virtue was left to private institutions widely considered necessary, suggests the presence of a self-correcting mechanism in liberalism that has not been found, or at least has not developed a lasting consensus.

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