Jul 30, 2008
By Morgan Brookes Wilkins
…great literature searches the human heart to find in it the laws of moral existence, distinguishing man from beast.
--Russell Kirk,“The Moral Imagination.”
Humanism is an ethical discipline, intended to develop the truly human person, the qualities of manliness, through the study of great books.
-- Irving Babbitt, “Literature and the American College”
Great literature captures the essence of morality and teaches us what it means to be genuinely human. It places its’ characters at the crossroads of right and wrong, and visually depicts their struggle between the opposing forces of good and evil. As readers, we find ourselves transported into the story, challenged to make sense of the strange new world and the emphatic moral choices presented to its characters. These characters cause us to face truths about ourselves, both ugly and beautiful, and compel us to consider what decisions we would make if confronted with the same situations.
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Jul 29, 2008
Dinesh D'Souza recently presented the philosophical case for God on the Riz Khan show. Richard Dawkin's appeared on the show as well, but told producers that he would not debate D'Souza face to face. It appears as though the world's so-called "leading athiest" is afraid to spar in public. The clip was broadcast to more than 20 million viewers worldwide. You can watch the clips or read more about the situation on Townhall.com:
Jul 28, 2008
Washington Post columnist "Dana Milbank" claims a supporter of the ban on the open practice of sodomy in the military exhibited "rage" in Congressional testimony -- but The Hill reveals that the rage was on the other side.
Follow the link to read the article: http://www.cultureandmediainstitute.org/printer/2008/20080725165430.aspx