Progressivism as Religion

January 20, 2021

Dr. Kelly Burton   In an effort to understand the times, I have been spending my semester break reading through a stack of recent books on contemporary cultural concerns often going by the terms Critical Theory, Social Justice, or Progressivism. I favor using the term Progressivism because it captures the Marxist view of the progress…

Integrity – Personal and Electoral

January 10, 2021

Integrity is a concern for consistency. Yet Emerson famously wrote in Self-Reliance, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” Emerson is thinking of consistency and conformity. He is advocating for a kind of self-expression or self-creation where one’s individuality is defined in contrast to the group. As…

Philosophy as a Comforter

July 26, 2020

By Greg Goodrich Beliefs divide us.  At first this may sound like a call to set beliefs aside, but it’s quite the opposite.  Beliefs can and should unite us.  Our beliefs will either unite our being in the focused pursuit of a meaningful life, or they will divide us until there is nothing left; nothing…

Contradictions in the American Project

June 17, 2020

Dr. Owen Anderson I was recently told that there are contradictions in The American Project, and these are coming to the surface in current events. I know what contradictions the person who informed me was thinking about. But for me it brought a different contradiction to mind. It is one I addressed in my book…

Law & Liberty reviews “Cambridge Companion to the First Amendment and Religious Liberty”

May 26, 2020

Law & Liberty recently published a review of Cambridge Companion to the First Amendment and Religious Liberty, edited by Michael D. Breidenbach and Dr. Owen Anderson. In the political arena, the Obama Administration showed little concern for religious freedom when it required businesses to provide contraceptives and abortifacients to employees, even when owners had religious…

COVID-19 and Clarity Fund

May 26, 2020

By Dr. Owen Anderson, Research Director Like so many organizations, COVID-19 has unfortunately pushed Clarity Fund to reschedule our second annual conference. But it also provides us with a good opportunity to begin regular blog posts. And reflections on COVID-19 are a good place to start. In the following weeks, keep an eye out for…

In Memoriam Dr. Rodney W Tussing

August 16, 2019

After a difficult fight with cancer, our dear friend and brother in Christ, Rod Tussing, has gone to be with the Lord. Although we feel the loss deeply, we also know Him in whom we have put our faith. We continue in the work we have been given while we look forward to the resurrection…

The Good as Resistance to Secular Collectivism and Individualism

March 8, 2019

Dr. Kelly Fitzsimmons Burton My good friend, Owen Anderson, in his book ​The Natural Moral Law: The Good After Modernity, argues for the need for a natural moral law based upon the Good as the source of1unity for humankind in the context of a “new global reality.” In this book, he cites the U2 song…

Book Review: Retrieving Knowledge

January 15, 2019

Dr. Owen Anderson My friend, Dr. Kelly Burton, has a new book out that can be found here.  In this book she looks at the idea of knowledge in early Greek philosophy and its connection to the logos.  Contemporary philosophers have attempted to get around problems in defining knowledge by weakening the definition to something that does not include…

The Death of Ivan Illych and Christmas

December 23, 2018

I’m reading through “The Death of Ivan Illych” by Tolstoy and this seems like a perfect Christmas story. Just as with Scrooge, we are given a look at the hardness of the human heart and what suffering it takes to repent. Sometimes philosophers discuss what they call the hiddenness of God. This takes seriously the…