This is the week that Americans from coast to coast cease their workaday activities and gather with friends and loved ones for Thanksgiving. It is a time-honored ritual, observed by the overwhelming majority of the American population. What are the origins of this celebration, and what meaning should it have for Americans today?
A few weeks ago a Roman Catholic colleague who is a conservative political scientist and economist asked me a thoughtful and unexpected question. "Richard," he said, "Why is it that such a high percentage of the Evangelical 'Never Trumpers' are Calvinists?"
Let me start with a confession. I was a Nixon "loyalist," from the "Kitchen Debate" with Khrushchev in the 1950's up to a couple of days before he resigned in 1974.
A theological-doctrinal controversy has erupted among prominent evangelical leaders concerning whether Christians, in seeking to reach millennials in a post-Christian world, should focus paramount attention on the bodily resurrection of Jesus on the first Easter Sunday, or alternatively, should emphasize the complete accuracy and veracity of Holy Scripture.
In an accompanying column Eric Sapp made the rather startling assertion that "If You Care about the Unborn, You Need to Vote for Hillary."
All of us remember the rush to attend churches and the solace people found in their faith. Unfortunately, the return to faith for many faded quickly, and within months we returned to "normal." However, the new "normal" was different from the old normal with heightened security measures, loss of freedoms, and a significant loss of peace of mind.
This presidential election confronts Christians with a terrible dilemma. Many feel that choosing either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8 confronts them with an intolerable outcome. Which one is worse?
Dear Mr. Trump: Doubtless you are aware that many in the nation's large Evangelical Christian community are, to varying degrees, ambivalent or uneasy about your candidacy for president.
Tragically, America continues to slide backwards on its long and tortuous journey to racial reconciliation and racial justice.
One disadvantage of being born the same year as former President Bill Clinton (1946) is that I have been forced to be a contemporary eyewitness to Bill and Hillary Clinton's corruption of the American body politic.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign announced the formation of an evangelical executive board yesterday. The press release included a list of the 25 evangelical leaders who have agreed to serve on the board. I am one of those executive board members.
The Southern Baptist Convention, America's largest Protestant denomination, met this week (June 14-15) in St. Louis in what turned out to be one of its most memorable annual meetings.
Today, June 8th, Americans and freedom-loving people everywhere commemorate one of the most momentous moments, not only in American history, but in human history.
Anticipating President Washington's visit to Newport, the synagogue's warden, Moses Seixas, sent a welcoming letter to the new country's president.
About 10 days before Donald Trump overwhelmed Ted Cruz in Indiana, as I was rearranging some books in my library (to make room for some recent acquisitions), I came across a book, Neil Postman's "Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business."
The new fracking technologies and nuclear power demonstrate how such innovative technologies can allow people to protect the environment and not hinder or cripple economic growth or existing living standards. And yet, the left-wing environmental movement vigorously opposes the use of such environmentally friendly technologies?
The sort of laissez-faire, "live and let live" moral relativism of the late sixties has morphed into an intolerant totalitarianism that seeks to punish any variance its Orwellian groupthink.
Given the many depressing trends and events both foreign and domestic that have bombarded us as Americans during the first quarter of 2016, I have found myself often calling to mind the admonition of the late, great Chuck Colson that it is a sin for Christians to be pessimistic. And, of course, he was, and is, right.
Having said that, Mr. Trump and his supporters have every right to say what they want to say. Mr. Trump says many things with which I disagree, but we must defend to the death his right to say them. The answer to speech with which you disagree is more speech, not censorship or violence.
The intensity of debate engendered by the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Scalia's unexpected death underscores the extent to which the Court and its unelected justices have usurped Americans' right to govern themselves.
Will judicial restraint or judicial activism prevail? All Americans, and our children and grandchildren, have an enormous stake in the answer to that question.
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are both surfing a tidal wave of intense populism of the right and left respectively. However, as the events of Campaign 2016 have demonstrated, left and right, liberal and conservative, are categories which are blurred, fluid, and confused in the heated, emotional cross currents and powerful riptides of economic and social populism.
Everybody knows the world is becoming more secular, right? Wrong.
No, Islam is not the enemy, but many Muslims are. This is the critical dilemma that America confronts and must wrestle without any further delay.
This is the time each year when the vast majority of Americans curtail their daily routines and gather together with friends and loved ones for Thanksgiving. What are the origins of this celebration and what meaning should it have for Americans today?