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The Monday Morning Brass Spittoon: Roundtable on The Synod on the Family

October 27, 2014
The idea of the family has, since our inception, been one Porchers are particularly keen to defend. The family is a natural, integral, and inviolable unit whose very existence points to the centrality of place and, as much as any…
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Papal Permissiveness via Annulment Reform

Pope_Alexander_Vi (1) October 25, 2014
Phoenix, Arizona. The Front Porch Republic’s theme of “limits” clearly encompasses contemporary topics about the boundaries of human marriage and the degree that a church can alter such boundaries via creative developments of its doctrine. Thus, it is appropriate to…
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Patriotism in Little

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Louisville, Kentucky.  One of the things I found on moving home to Kentucky 22 years ago is that our love of country is a very little and very local thing. Our love for our large country as a whole…
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Smitten With The Mitten: Beer in SW Michigan

October 23, 2014
Holland, MI Most “beer ranking lists” have Michigan somewhere in the top 5 of best beer states. I don’t need a list to tell me that I already know Michigan has an embarrassment of riches on this score, and it…
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News from Nowhere

October 20, 2014
Providence, RI There are in these recent days at least three matters of great importance confronting my beloved land, The Assimilated Provinces of Megalomerica. They are related to one another. Indeed they must be related to one another, because in…
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Appropriate Skepticism and Papal Authority

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Belief that the Holy Spirit invariably leads the Roman Catholic Church to what is true requires one to suspend reasonable skepticism about the typical dysfunction and fallibility of humans and human institutions. Moreover, it seems appropriate for individual Christians (even…
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C.S. Lewis, Insomnia, and the Charientocracy

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… which bleeds at a touch but scratches like a wildcat ...
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Against Diversity—And For It

The_REAL_Rainbow_Babies (1) October 8, 2014
When I’m a dead white male I will have achieved the apotheosis of repugnance.
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The Little Way of Raymond Chandler

October 7, 2014
Or, “Shaken and Stirred: The Cosmopolitan, the City, and the Regime of God” Queens, NY The following essay was presented at FPR’s annual conference in Louisville on September 27. What I’m going to try to do today is convince you…
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The Loss of a Culture of Personhood and the End of Limited Government

October 6, 2014
Philadelphia, PA The idea and practice of limited government begins with Christianity.  Pagan antiquity could not imagine such a thing, because there was no distinction between religion and governance.   For the pagan, there is an overall order to all…
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City Liberty, Country Liberty

October 3, 2014
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] It’s clear to me that one of the primary things people (in the United States, certainly, but also elsewhere) think about when trying to understand the differences between large cities and small ones–perhaps not as…
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Nothing to Do With Jesus

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Life can seem a bit like an unending family reunion.
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Texting: Why I Resolve to Avoid It

October 1, 2014
Recently I travelled to Louisville to attend the Front Porch Republic conference. The experience was memorable in several ways—not least of all in the outstanding presentations and remarkable fellowship. It also occasioned for me reflection upon a now common means…
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Seeing Our (Non-Cosmopolitan) Selves

September 29, 2014
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Some years ago, some of the folks behind F5, an alternative weekly newspaper here in Wichita, started a different (and, as it turned out, short-lived) publication, titled simply “Wichita City Paper.” As part of the…
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Archimedean Points, Above and Below

Archimedes_lever September 24, 2014
“To the famous Archimedean boast:  ‘Give me whereon to stand and I will move the world.’.  Rabelais answers: ‘I move with my ship; and the waves of the world give way.’”    –John Cowper Powys One could choose a less fruitful…
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Life in the Kolache Belt: Reflections from the Intersection of Food, Faith, Farming, and Fracking

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In some ways, the little farming community of Hallettsville where I have spent a writing sabbatical still resides in a simpler time. Czechs and Germans came in the 1800s and brought a culture that remains surprisingly stable. My Dworsky forebears,…
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