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Academic freedom is the hallmark of university life. It is the belief that the freedom of inquiry by students and faculty members is essential to the mission of the institution, and that scholars should have freedom to teach or communicate ideas or facts without retribution in the form of repression, job loss, or even in the extreme, imprisonment. more
Powerball just this past week hit a milestone when it reached $1.5 billion. Chances are you did not win it. In fact, there is only a 1 in 292 million chance of hitting the Powerball jackpot. … more
Last Thursday’s rejection of homosexual marriage by the New Jersey State Senate follows similar victories for traditional marriage in Maine and New York. more
Last Sunday’s editorial in the Providence Journal entitled “Unwed and unmoored” addressed the problem of poverty and unwed mothers. more
President and Mrs. Obama have made an educational choice for their children. They have chosen the tony Sidwell Friends School for their daughters Malia, and Sasha. more
This coming Sunday’s celebration of the Solemnity of Pentecost provides the answer to the central problem facing the Church today. Namely, there are many people who want to separate Jesus from His … more
"Getting out" and "staying the course" have both been overwhelming rejected by the U.S. public, a bi-partisan mix of Capitol Hill politicians, assorted military experts and the Iraq Study … more
Presidential candidate Senator Barak Obama’s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, has become the focus of commentary and criticism in recent days due to his controversial sermons. more
In a reflection upon the meaning of Easter and the impact Jesus’ resurrection should have on believers, the great Christian apologist and writer, C.S. Lewis once recounted the story of a very small and very devout boy who was eager for Easter and the season of joy it would inaugurate. The young boy was heard murmuring what must have been a poem of his own making, it began: “chocolate eggs and Jesus risen...” more
On Memorial Day, as tens of thousands across the region headed for the local florist and perhaps bought a plant, flowers or a wreath to lay at the grave of a departed loved one, it probably never occurred to most that they are fortunate to have a place to pay tribute to those who have died. more
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