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How (Not) To Be Secular (7) – The Shortcomings of Secularism

In sum, though secularism seems self-assured and confident, it is rife with weaknesses. 1) Secularism has been assumed, not proven. We need to remember that the view of reality that secularists take for granted is simply a view they have constructed—it is not clear and obvious. The “immanent frame”, the idea that the only things …

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How (Not) To Be Secular (5) – Effects of Secularism Continued – Expressivism

According to Taylor, if we identify religion as one of the core, historic faiths, then religion is declining. But if we think of it as a spiritual or semi-spiritual belief that answers life’s ultimate questions, then religion is as popular today as it has ever been. In short, religion isn’t dying, it is changing. One …

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How (Not) To Be Secular (3) – Secularism: A Created Alternative

A common myth is that secularism is what is left when we have stripped all former belief in superstition and falsity. The reality is that secularism is a system that was built up slowly over time. How did men construct secularism? First, our idea of the relationship between the individual and the community changed. We …

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Virtue in Literature (12) – Duty: Aeneid (10th Grade)

Next to the Bible, over the last two thousand years no book has been read more than Virgil’s Aeneid (though Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy is a close second). The Aeneid is a story about the work and sacrifice that are required to do something great (in this case, found Rome). Time and again Aeneas is forced to choose between doing what …

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Virtue in Literature (11) – Little House in the Big Woods (1st Grade)

In the modern era two growing and developing countries looked to fill their frontiers: the United States looked to the vast western plains and Russia to its seemingly limitless eastern territory. In the United States the western frontier became a place of opportunity—the Homestead Act allowed both native-born citizens and immigrants to receive at no …

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Virtue in Literature (9) – The Hiding Place: Mercy (9th Grade)

The twentieth century was the bloodiest century in history. Take that in for a second. We are accustomed to think of the Middle Ages as barbaric and “Dark”, but the economic pressures of a subsistence agrarian economy limited the extent and length of their wars, holy days in the church limited when wars could be …

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