Category Archives: Craig Bernthal

The Abortion Question: Vice Presidential Responses Fall Short

by Craig Bernthal

Private Papers

Martha Raddatz: “This debate is, indeed, historic. We have two Catholic candidates, first time, on a stage such as this. And I would like to ask you both to tell me what role religion has played in your own personal views on abortion.” Read more →

The Positive Role of “Negative Feedback”

by Craig Bernthal

Private Papers

“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing — after they’ve tried everything else.”  Winston Churchill

One of Victor Hanson’s most persuasive arguments about why democracies have an advantage over despotisms in fighting wars is that democracies are much more likely to correct their own mistakes. Read more →

Weaponized Romanticism

by Craig Bernthal

Private Papers

At the beginning of the 20th century, T. E. Hulme, in his great essay “Romanticism v. Classicism” defined Romanticism as “spilt religion.” Read more →

Leaving the New Episcopal Church

by Craig Bernthal

Private Papers

Most Christians in America probably don’t know much about what is happening in the Episcopal Church (TEC). Read more →

Paying the Piper

by Craig Bernthal

Private Papers

Temperance is not high in the current list of American virtues. We are the 9th most obese people on earth, according to the World Health Organization, with 74% of American’s over 15 identified as overweight. Read more →

Communiversity

Welcome to Big Brother’s “The National Survey of Student Engagement”

by Craig Bernthal

Private Papers

This week an on-line questionnaire went out from the thought police — oops — I mean the Provost, to the faculty in the university where I teach, asking us what we do in the classroom. Read more →

A Symphony Unheard

Go see The Nativity Story

by Craig Bernthal

Private Papers

Here is the plot and the theme: God creates the universe, not because he needs to, since he is complete in himself, but as an act of gratuitous love. Read more →

Peace Frogs: “Dearbornistan” and the Strange Case of the Caro Terrorists

by Craig Bernthal

Private Papers

In Frankenmuth, Michigan, among a complex of little shops that sell junk to tourists, there is a T-shirt store called “Peace Frog.” Read more →