As an ROTC product, I got my infantry credentials in the summer of 1971. The Vietnam War was winding down, and, to my surprise, they didn’t need all us young lieutenants on active duty. So they offered us the Guard/Reserve option if we’d agree to a longer commitment. I took it so that I could […]
Mark Coppenger is managing editor of the Kairos Journal.
Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring led to a virtual worldwide ban on DDT, beginning with EPA strictures on American use and threats to cut foreign aid to nations continuing with this pesticide. Carson’s science was flawed, and, arguably, our overreaction has led to millions of unnecessary human deaths from malaria in Africa alone. But her […]
The political arena is much given to trash talking these days, with invective, umbrage, and posturing in full play. Internecine insults, harrumphs, and blowbacks are exploding everywhere. Apparently, some of us are “crazies,” “bigots.” Others of us fail as “patriots,” and “heroes.” This last term, ‘hero,’ has particularly intrigued me through the years, and Donald […]
I’ve never owned a Rebel flag, T-shirt, bumper sticker, or key-chain. No decals, no coffee mug. None. Never will. I’m not keen on capitol displays of the flag. I don’t like, and even hate, some of the connotations and connections. But I do like some of them, and it seems to me that much of […]
I understand the ideological, political, economic, and perhaps even ecclesiastical scramble over immigration “reform,” with various parties exhilarated or terrified at the prospects for gain or loss. I understand the daunting practicalities of it all and calls for emergency compromise. (Exigencies can birth strange policies, including cooperation with one mass murderer, Stalin, to stop another, […]
America’s Secular Challenge: The Rise of a New National Religion by Herbert London (Encounter Books, 100 pages, $20) I’m picking texts for my seminary, worldview class in the spring, and I think that Herbert London’s new book, America’s Secular Challenge, should be in the mix: 1. It’s wise. Not just clever. London gets it right […]
Here and there, across the nation, students will observe a “Day of Silence” today, recognizing “the silencing that gays and lesbians experience in their daily lives.” It’s sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLESN), which predicts wishfully a half-million participants at 4,000 schools. As usual, Manhattan’s Chapin School will fall in line […]