Retrenchment: Christian Defense of Permanent Things

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Christianity is a Permanent Thing; this work is about how Christians should defend Christianity and other Permanent Things in an increasingly hostile civilization. It is a continuation of the dialogue of Schaeffer, MacIntyre, Moore, and Dreher and owes much to Eliot, Yeats, and Kirk for inspiration.
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The megachurch movement was founded on bad ideology that can be traced to bad philosophy. Its communitarian ideologies are dangerous.
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Why did classical liberalism fail to achieve the results its original proponents envisioned? Given the popularity of social liberalism modern liberalism and progressive causes and ideologies, as derivatives and permutations of classical liberalism, one might argue it has not failed in the first place, rather, perhaps it has not yet been fully realized and implemented. But the fact is classical liberalism has failed, as can be conclusively proven, it has failed because it ignored immutable metaphysical laws, the historic reality and an approach to human nature based upon realism. At the end of the road of classical liberalism the West arrived at social liberalism and progressive liberalism which beckon its adherents to seek greater authoritarianism to compel compliance and ultimately reduce individual liberty and increase governmental power. iii Abstract I propose a unified theory of sorts that combines The Strauss-Howe generational theory with a hybrid of Samuel Huntington's Clash of Civilization's hypothesis explains in part the observation that the West has not reached the End of History as some propose. Rather, classical liberalism, as expressed through derivative ideologies of progressivism, social liberalism, socialism, and communism, has failed to provide the social order and tranquility that early proponents envisioned. At its core, classical liberalism failed to acknowledge immutable metaphysical laws, the historic reality and an approach to human nature based upon realism. The overarching intent of this work is to provide an umbrella under which related research will reside that fleshes out specific and more detailed aspects of the larger hypothesis presented above.
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A presentation of an assertion that common-sense exists because first principles, natural moral law, and universal truths exist. Common-sense has served as a guide and a protection from ill-considered ideas and inflamed passions throughout history. It can guide us now through our current cultural war. Through an examination of the Strauss-Howe generational theory, the outcomes of past periods of history similar to our own era the book proposes that common-sense and the lessons our ancestors can teach us will be key in the solutions our children someday craft to resolve current issues. This book is important for parents to remind us of the knowledge we received from our parents and grandparents that we should pass along to our children. It is important for our children to help them understand that truth does exist and not everything from the past should be discarded willy-nilly.
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America is more divided culturally and politically than at any time since the 1850’s. Real and authentic dialogue does not occur and violence and the threat of violence increase daily. We are on a precarious path with potentially dangerous outcomes.
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This research is a comparison of identification and motivation factors between sports with team as a point of attachment (college football) and sports with an individual athlete as a point of attachment (NASCAR). The results contribute to advancing our understanding of identity formation and spectator motivation. Geography and family were found to be important antecedents of college football team identification, while media influence drove consumer identification with NASCAR drivers. NASCAR sport consumers were prone to watch their sport casually, while college football sport consumers were influenced to watch their sport by the aesthetics of the game, and a relationship to other recreational activities such as tailgating. Findings help us to understand what specific factors play a role in individuals connecting with different types of sport symbols, but also have implications for the management, marketing, communications, and selling of sport and sport-related products.
An appeal to an examination of mere, authentic Christianity. I concluded my last book, The Philosophy of Commonsense with the premise that Christian values had informed the common-sense of ordinary and extraordinary people throughout the history of the West to culminate in the formation of American culture. This work is a continuation of that theme with a discussion of precisely what is meant by authentic Christianity and why anyone that seeks to understand their place in the cosmos should at least give it the old college try.
Defending Faith offers the first fine-grained study of the Christian Legal Movement. It shows how the Christian Right, once a movement that confidently spoke of a “moral majority,” now increasingly asserts the rights of an aggrieved and persecuted minority.
Jackson: "Football. Nothing else in the South can match it. Not even NASCAR." Spring practice, Bethune-Cookman College, 1943, photographed by Gordon Parks, courtesy of the collections of the Library of Congress. The debate that follows first aired as part of South Carolina ETV's "Take on the South" series, produced for the University of South Carolina Institute for Southern Studies. Daniel S. Pierce and Harvey H. Jackson III have kindly modified their discussion for our pages. Sixteen years ago my answer to this question would have been simple, emphatic, and a no-brainer: football, no question. While I have the great distinction of being an individual who was cut from the middle school football team twice— when they didn't even ordinarily cut—I grew up steeped in the sport. I played sandlot football every Sunday afternoon in the fall for at least twenty years, had two brothers who excelled at high school football, and one that played at a small college and then coached the sport for thirty years. The first big-time football game I ever attended was the 1969 Sugar Bowl, where the Archie Manningled Ole Miss Rebels defeated my beloved Arkansas Razorbacks. My graduate degrees are from institutions—the University of Alabama and the University of Tennessee— much better known for producing SEC and NCAA championship football teams and NFL ers than historians. As for NASCAR , when I noticed it at all, I was mystified as to how anyone could sit around for three hours and watch a bunch of redneck mouth-breathers make left turns. Then in August 1994, I went to my first stock car race—not any old race, but the night race at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is hard to describe what I encountered on that summer night. I was astounded by the sight of all the souvenir trailers around the track and the obvious loyalty of the fans, almost all attired in colorful t-shirts and hats, announcing their allegiance to a favorite driver. The strange mixture of smells was equally overwhelming: an olio of carnival food, sweat, exhaust fumes, burning rubber, and high-octane gasoline. Another new experience awaited me when the green flag flew and the decibel level jumped tenfold. I had never heard anything like this assault on my eardrums in my life. Now I understood why people around me were wearing earplugs. The racing itself was truly a sight to behold and incredibly exciting. While cars at Bristol only average somewhere in the high 120s MPH, they were a blur as they made laps at a little over fifteen seconds. The action on the track was intense, and one of the attractions of Bristol is that there is pretty much a guarantee that someone will wreck, or be wrecked, bringing out the yellow caution flag at least every fifty laps. As fun and visceral as the racing was, it was almost as fun watching the fans around me. I had been an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and had witnessed extreme fan intensity in the Carmichael Auditorium student section during the Dean Smith era. In my student days in both Alabama and Tennessee I had seen fans foaming at the mouth at any number of football games. I thought I had seen the pinnacle of rabid fandom when I attended a University of Kentucky basketball game in Rupp Arena. I thought I had seen it all, that is, until I went to my first NASCAR race. In particular, I will never forget the guy sitting about five rows in front of us—an unbelievable number of beer cans scattered at his feet before the race even began—who stood up every lap for 500 laps and saluted Dale Earnhardt's car with an extended middle finger. Pierce: "In August 1994, I went to my first stock car race—not any old race, but the night race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The action on the track was intense, and one of the attractions of Bristol is that there is pretty much a guarantee that someone will wreck, or be...
IN AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED in this journal, Walter Block (2002, pp. 3-36) is rather scathing about Henry Simons's credentials as a champion of free enterprise.1 But it seems possible to be considerably more gener- ous to Simons than Block is, and to regard him as significantly less unlibertarian than Block does, which is not to deny that many of Simons's policy proposals cannot be squared with classical liberal or libertarian principles, or that much of Block's critique is justified. Key to a more charitable consideration of Simons is to keep his over- riding concern in mind: that an inconvertible fiat money system and the corporate form of the private business organization are inconsis- tent with classical liberal or libertarian premises. According to Simons, it is the combination of these two institutions which is mainly responsible for some of the more significant negative side effects of modern capitalist practice, like undue cyclical instability and excessive inequality of income and wealth. Unfortunately, while Simons does propose to prohibit fractional reserve banking, he does not advocate a repeal of the private right to free incorporation, but regularly seeks refuge in state intervention to address the negative side-effects thereof. That is how he strays into illiberal and unliber- tarian territory, from which Block takes his cue.
In his book, After Virtue, the philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre issued a stinging indictment of modern society. In the famous last sentence of After Virtue, MacIntyre stated that [w]e, our society, are waiting . . . for another - doubtless very different - St. Benedict. I want to propose that Christian law professors should see themselves and their role in accord with MacIntyre's call. In this Article I will try to explain why. First, I will review St. Benedict's life and argue that he created the institution, the form of community - Western monasticism - that preserved much of classical civilization and which was instrumental in synthesizing a new, Christian civilization. Second, I will discuss the state of American culture as diagnosed by MacIntyre. I will then propose how Christian legal scholars should respond: what our role is in American society. I will argue that Christian law professors have three analytically distinct possible roles: building Christian law schools, rebuilding Christian law schools, and what I will label engaging in the debate. Scholars may assume different roles over their careers and aspects of more than one role concurrently. Then I will briefly discuss how one can know what role(s) one should assume, as a Christian legal scholar. Lastly, I will return to St. Benedict and how his legacy of preserving and creating offers a model for Christian law professors fifteen hundred years later.
On time preference, government, and the process of decivilization -- On Monarchy, Democracy, and the idea of natural order -- On Monarchy, Democracy, Public Opinion, and Delegitimation -- On Democracy, Redistribution, and the Destruction of Property -- On Centralization and Secession -- On Socialism and Desocialization -- On free inmigration and forced integration -- On free trade and restricted inmigration -- On cooperation, tribe, city, and state -- On Conservatism and Libertarianism -- On the errors of Classical Libaralism and the future of liberty -- On government and the private production of defense -- On the impossibility of limited Government and the prospect for revolution
Businesses are confronting continuous and unparalleled changes. For organizations to assist employees in being motivated and prepared for change, it is essential that managers, leaders, and organization development professionals understand factors that may influence individual change readiness. The purpose of the research study examined here was to investigate the relationship between readiness for change and two of these possible factors: organizational commitment and social relationships in the workplace. Four hundred sixty-four usable surveys were returned from full-time employees in four companies in two northern Utah counties. The findings indicate significant relationships between readiness for change, organizational commitment, and social relationships. Relationships were also found between readiness for change and number of children, social relationships and gender, and organization commitment or one of its three components (identification, job involvement, and loyalty) and employee age, educational level, and gender.
This publication supplements standard English-language dictionaries with standard terminology for military and associated use. However, it is not the intent of this publication to restrict the authority of the joint force commander (JFC) from organizing the force and executing the mission in a manner the JFC deems most appropriate to ensure unity of effort in the accomplishment of the overall mission.
Passages referenced can be found in Chapter 6, page 271. Provided by Google Book Project.Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized Nov 15, 2005 College of Arts & Science Department of English
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