Some Thoughts on Charlie Hebdo, Satire, and Nihilism

On January 23, 2015, in Christianity, Culture, Death, Islam, Muslims, Philosophy, Terrorism, Writing, by Derrick G. Jeter

“It is the test of good religion,” G. K. Chesterton wrote, “whether you can joke about it.” If the reactions of religion’s proponents is any judge, Judaism and Christianity fair pretty well. Islam—at least a large segment of Islam—doesn’t think it’s very funny. Of course no practicing Jew, Christian, or Muslim considers the cartoons published […]

Books from 2014

On January 1, 2015, in Books, Culture, History, Literature, Philosophy, Politics, Theology, by Derrick G. Jeter

Books are one of the joys of life. And though it might be a bit of hyperbole, I heartily agree with Thomas Jefferson: “I cannot live without books.” I haven’t always been a reader, but I’m so grateful that I discovered them as a young adult. Now I’m trying to catch up for all the […]

The First Amendment Be Damned: Evolution and the Threat to Religious Liberty

On January 16, 2014, in America, Belief, Faith, Freedom, Liberty, Philosophy, Politics, Truth, U.S. Constitution, by Derrick G. Jeter

“I would as soon be descended from that heroic little monkey,” Charles Darwin wrote in 1871, “as from a savage who . . . is haunted by the grossest superstitions.” And millions of Darwin’s acolytes voiced a resounding “amen.” It matters not that biologists have never observed or duplicated mutations, even in the simplest organism, […]

Make Your Life Count … Everyday

On April 9, 2013, in Belief, Calling, Character, Grace, Philosophy, Purpose in Life, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

Time is a faithful servant but a fearsome master. Dr. Seuss illustrates this in his delightful book, Oh, The Places You Go. It’s a story about life’s journey, which doesn’t always take you to the places you want to go—like “The Waiting Place,” where people are Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for […]

“What Is Marriage?”: A Review

On March 12, 2013, in Belief, Bible, Books, Culture, Family, Government, Love, Marriage, Philosophy, Politics, Same-Sex Marriage, Sex, Truth, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

What is marriage? This seemingly straightforward question is proving difficult to answer these days. But it’s the question the Supreme Court will have to wrestle with and answer as it considers 1996 The Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as being between one man and one woman, and California’s Proposition 8, which amended the […]

Going Galt and Christian Responsibility

Now as the people of God in old time were called out of Babylon civil, the place of their bodily bondage, and were to come to Jerusalem, and there to build the Lord’s temple, or tabernacle . . . so are the people of God now to go out of Babylon spiritual to Jerusalem . […]

September Surprise

On September 6, 2012, in America, Barack Obama, Culture, God, Government, History, Language, Leadership, Philosophy, Politics, Power, President, Rhetoric, by Derrick G. Jeter

The rough and tumble of American politics has a long and rocky history. But modern American politics has added a new twist of the knife to what is often called America’s “blood sport”—the October Surprise. So fearful are campaigns, especially presidential campaigns, that a shocking revelation about a their candidate will break on the news […]

The Handbook for Western Civilization

On November 29, 2011, in America, Bible, Books, Culture, Education, Freedom, God, Philosophy, Truth, by Derrick G. Jeter

How important was the Bible in establishing Western Civilization? To some, like Michael Shermer, the publisher of Skeptic magazine, the Bible had little to nothing to do with establishing Western Civilization. In a November 2011 Los Angels Times op-ed, “What’s God Got to Do with It,” Shermer takes Congress to task for passing a resolution […]

A Reagan Wantabe Who is No Ronald Reagan

On February 7, 2011, in America, Government, Philosophy, Politics, President, Ronald Reagan, by Derrick G. Jeter

The anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s 100th birth was Sunday, February 6, 2011. With much pomp and celebration, the Reagan Presidential Library put on a patriotic spectacular, with flags and speeches and twenty-one gun salutes and music and a fly over. But the ghost of Reagan has been hovering in the political ether for a few […]

What’s the Purpose of Government? A Biblical Perspective

On October 19, 2010, in Bible, Government, Philosophy, Politics, by Derrick G. Jeter

When Samuel Sherwood stood in the pulpit of a Fairfield, Connecticut church on August 31, 1774, to preach his sermon, “Scriptural Instructions to Civil Rulers, and all Free-born Subjects,” he chose as his text 2 Samuel 23:3. “The God of Israel said, / The Rock of Israel spoke to me, / He who rules over men righteously, […]