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I Stand Corrected

You know good and well it is incorrigibly offensive to refer to Murder Hornets as “Asian.” Your Euro-centric whiteness continues to shine brightly. In fact, it also displays your trenchant sapien-supremacy to call them “Murder” hornets. How do you know whether they are evilly inclined to murder? Are they not simply misunderstood insectile organisms seeking sustenance for their rote survival? Rather than relegate them to a criminal caste, we should provide them with clean stingers, free nests, and a regular allotment of spiders so they can find personal fulfillment. But your bigoted labeling does not consider how these exoskeletal, thoracic, six-legged creatures of beauty might self-identify. Who are you to say they aren’t butterflies?


Andrew, I have to honestly say that these are things I have never considered.

Adoption Issues


Curiosity question: What do the kinists say about interracial adoption? I know a lot of people who have adopted from Ethiopia, China, Korea, India, Russia, etc. Nearly all the adopters are Christians. Do kinists give the squinty side-eye to this, or just what?

Bro. Steve

Bro. Steve, I don’t know their material well enough to say what they would say about it. But I would be pretty confident they would take a dim view of adoption across what they consider racial lines.

Lonely Hearts

First, I would like to thank you for your faithfulness in preaching and teaching God’s word.

I am a single woman in my twenties living in California with a desire to get married and raise godly offspring. I know that you have suggested going to Christian conferences to meet people but that hasn’t been something that I’ve been able to afford. Especially because of the cost of travel. I was wondering if you would recommend a specific online network or something where reformed Christians could get to know like minded believers. Or would you perhaps even consider creating something where like minded believers could meet and converse. I thank you again.


Rose, no. I don’t know of a specific network that I could recommend. Different couples in our church community have used different ones, with varying degrees of success. Let’s crowd source this question, shall we? Comments are open.

You have mentioned recently about Darla and others writing a letter of Respect to their father, and possibly (I don’t recall) Dawson (or others?) writing a letter of Love to their mothers.

I am a guy in my 60’s who has an apparently decent relationship with my godly Christian parents. I believe the Lord has helped me over the years with *much* sin and immaturity toward them and helped me to free me from much/most/all/any bitterness toward my parents.

I don’t feel very much natural affection for my mother. I try to show her honor and respect by my actions, and I know love is the sacrificial determination to do another person good, and I try to behave like this toward her and try to be quick to repent toward God if I fail in my heart and apologize toward her if anything shows outwardly.

I can list many things about my mother I am thankful for and that I respect her for to tell her…. But I don’t know what to say if I was to write down why I *Love* her except she is my mother and God tells me to. (and honestly/selfishly I want as few psychological problems as possible).

So I have two specific questions/problems, please.

What do I do about not feeling very much natural affection/feelings for my mother?

How do I verbally express *Love* to my parents (especially my mom) as distinct from respect and thankfulness?

Thank you very much,


AR, it seems to me that the stumbling block for you is that you would run out of things to say if you went long. So keep it short. The important thing is that you verbalize it in tangible ways. Next visit, buy her flowers and write her a card. Start in the shallow end of the pool, and keep it brief. Then next visit, do something similar again.

I wanted to push two issues with respect to your last letter and a recent answer you gave to “Jane Doe” on her husband.

First, you replied in your response to me that, regardless of what Michael Foster thinks, you affirm that Jesus acted in his role as the New Adam even prior to the ascension—that is, even *in* his role as the self-sacrificial King who lays his life down for his friends. I’m grateful for that clarification. However, if this is what you think, then why push Foster’s book which obviously trivializes this aspect of Jesus’s life as definitional for masculinity? Why promote such a thing?

Second, you replied to Jane Doe that she shouldn’t be worried about her husband’s struggles with masturbation all the way up to marriage. You seemed to brush off her concern as illegitimate. But I worry that doing so just caves to the idea of masculine sexual urge as intrinsic to masculinity—the urge to have sex as almost definitional to what it means to be a man. That clearly can’t be the case, however, since Jesus was celibate. Wouldn’t it be better for Jane Doe to take St. Paul’s advice, and practice refraining from sex *even in marriage* for an agreed time so that she and her husband can devote themselves to prayer, so that he might be confirmed in the virtue of chastity? That isn’t to say, of course, that refraining from sex should be permanent; Paul really says the opposite. Sex in marriage is an incredible good, to be celebrated, cultivated, and enjoyed. But it seems that Jane Doe’s concern is over whether there is an abiding lack of self-restraint that, given time and the right context, might reveal disordered loves—the best way for ordering loves towards chastity and self restraint being by abiding both of Paul’s commands about not refraining from sex *and* refraining for an agreed upon time to devote to prayer.


Sean, with regard to Michael Foster’s book, I don’t even remember him making that point, and I commend the book because there is so much worthwhile in it. With regard to Jane Doe’s concern, I answered the way I did because her letter said that they were years into their marriage, and that he had been clear of porn, also for years. Going back to what he had been doing before they got married seemed to me to be digging up bones. If that had been revealed at the time, then that would have been different. But as it was, the question that would have been a legitimate worry at that time was already answered, and had been answered.

Pastor, it was almost as an afterthought or an appendix that you wrapped up your latest letter to Darla with a theology of name changes. I have long wrung my mental hands over the departure of this custom from our culture. Given that it appeared to have gotten popular about the same time as all the sexual deviancies running amok, I figured there had to be a correlation. But it was easy for me to point at the adulterers, fornicators, no-fault divorcees, queers, and trannies and say “That’s a sin.” It wasn’t easy at all for me to find Scripture to back up my gut instinct that wives taking their husband’s name was more that quaint tradition. Thank you for nailing that down for me. I have no doubts that my daughters will follow this tradition, but now I am able to arm them with sound reasons why THEIR daughters will continue, not with “tradition,” but with Scripture speaking to every aspect of their lives.


Andy, thanks. And yes, I think this is very important.

If a girl is really interested in a man who is interested in her and they begin the courting process, is it wrong for her to strongly (without swaying) stick with her beliefs of absolutely no-touch contact as she was trained growing up? She believes for a beau this includes no handshaking or hugging until marriage. He (the beau) thinks this is a bit over the top. “Why can’t we hold hands/hug?!” If this comes in between them as a barrier, should she just let her ideas go and only comply with the hand holding or hugs? She doesn’t want to lose the blossoming young romance and at the same time is very strong on this outlook of “absolutely no touching before marriage.” Help. I love this guy, and he seems to think this is a HUGE deal. I just don’t know why he can’t wait to hug or hold hands until marriage.


Annabelle, you shouldn’t relax your convictions because of pressure from your suitor. Of course he wants to touch you. If you relax your convictions (which I do think are a tad strict) it should be because you have taken them back to the Word, and examined where you got these convictions in the light of that Word. You should ask yourself if these standards are arbitrary, or if they reveal a biblical zeal for purity, or whether you are uptight about sexual matters (and would still be uptight after you are married). So, stick to your guns, but examine your guns also.

Responding to your article Courtship and Sexual Baggage: Hello Doug, I wanted to thank you for the many times you’ve responded to my questions over the last several months. You view things though what seems like a very different paradigm than I do, and I do appreciate the clarification you’ve given me, and also your teaching ministry in general.

But, as to my question, soon before proposing to me my fiancé (T) came and talked to me about his use of pornography. It was a really hard and painful conversation. In the moment all I could focus on was how much I loved him and how much this had hurt him and how complete God’s grace to him is, grace to forgive and also grace to heal the damage done. I don’t know the details or even really the time frame. T used past tense words to describe it, he said that he had lost hope that he would ever be loved or get married and because of that I am under the impression that this all happened before we met or dated. He repeatedly emphasized his love for me and how thankful he is that God was kind enough to bring us together

Still, after the conversation I felt like I wasn’t good enough. I’d always heard women talk about feeling inadequate after such things, and I’d never understood that, I definitely didn’t imagine something that happened before I even knew him would make me feel that way. Again, God was gracious to me that through prayer and talking with a mentor that isn’t a shame that stayed with me.

But anyway, before we get married, do I have to bring this up again to see how far in the past or how current this activity was in his life? I don’t want to. I don’t have any reason to think it’s current, but I didn’t have any reason to think it was ever a problem either. I want to assume everything is okay, to trust my God and this man who I love so much. Is that naïve, delusional or foolish of me?


Nellie, my recommendation is this. Have one more (brief) conversation with him about it. Tell him that you expect him to be faithful, and free of this sin in your marriage. But tell him also that you have no intention of being the cop. Ask him to commit to you, if the temptation arises again, that he will seek out accountability (e.g. pastor). If he is the good man he sounds like, he will be glad to do that.

“A father has an entirely different relationship to his daughters than he does with his sons. It is not the case that he just has generic “kids,” and provided he treats them well, everything will unfold in exactly the same way. No. He is a man, and he is a man with sons and daughters. A good father is modeling for his sons what they should want to be like, while he is doing something very different for his daughters. For them he is modeling what they should want a future husband to be like.”

Can you explain a little more about this? I have a young step-daughter, and it has occurred to me that while I might be able to regurgitate some of the generic stuff in the Bible about being a parent, I really have no clue about how to be a father of a daughter specifically. It has also occurred to me that all the things the Bible says about women, which I typically associate with my wife, also pertain or will pertain to my daughter as well, and I should probably keep those more in the front of my mind than what I have been. But that’s about as far as my thoughts reach at present, and I think they need to reach further than just that. A little help here?


Guymon, great question, but it actually requires a book to answer. The central thing to remember is that your wife, and your daughters, and your step-daughters, need you to be a presence in their lives. Not just on the premises.

Scott Clark

DW and that Guy in Escondido

Pastor Wilson, as you know you’ve got a few detractors. There’s a particular fellow in Escondido who’s said some pretty ugly things about you and your ministry, recently even comparing you to David Koresh. So here’s my question(s): at what point do you contact the folks at the URCNA at let them know the way this chap is acting? At what point do you attempt to bring charges against him?

Also, you reckon he’s a little jealous of your ministry? It seems as if the R2K crowd have grown increasingly “political” and worldview centered.



John, I think that it would be legitimate to appeal to those who are over him if we thought it would do any good. As it stands, I think the solution would make a bigger mess than the problem now is. There was one particularly egregious example where we contacted his superiors at the seminary, and it seemed to help for a short while, but longer term results have not been encouraging. As it stands now, the longer Clark carries on like this—making outlandish claims while simultaneously refusing to debate them—he is revealing himself to be unqualified for ministry (Titus 1:9). He cannot simultaneously claim that we gainsayers need to have our mouths shut by a qualified teacher of the Word, and then decline the invitation to attempt to do so.

That’s a Thought

Dear Doug, Someone needs to write a book called “Red Pilled is Not Enough.” Maybe it should be you. Just sayin’.


Andrew, good idea. Good title.

Real Life, Fiction, and All That Jazz

Thought you might be interested in this upcoming seminar at the university where I’m employed. Reminds me of an intriguing book I read recently titled Ride Sally Ride . . .


Cliff, yes. It is crucial that you get a robot’s consent before engaging in relations. This seminar will show participants how to navigate to the control panel on their remote, and how to disable the date rape alarms.

A Logic Question

Hello, my name is Miguel and I’m 11 years old and I’m doing: Doctor Ransom’s Bestiary of Adorable Fallacies. On the first quiz, the question was: 7. Presbyterian: “Our children shouldn’t read The Lord of the Rings because, after all, Tolkien was a Roman Catholic.” The answer was: Genetic Fallacy. But I got Ad Hominem, could you please explain to me the difference between the two of them.


Miguel, as it happens, your answer is correct also. This kind of thing frequently happens with informal fallacies because a statement can be fallacious in more ways than one. If the comment was aimed at Tolkien it is an ad hominem. If the comment was claiming that because Tolkien, the author of the story, was unreliable because Catholic, this meant that the story had to be unreliable in the same ways, then that would be the genetic fallacy. And of course, the critic could have been intending both.

Picture Bibles

I am writing to ask your opinion on Bible picture books (for kids and older). Is it wrong to illustrate biblical characters or even Christ?

Do kids’ shows like Veggie Tales or Prince of Egypt create misconceptions of Bible stories that will lead our children astray?

How does this affect “pediatric Christianity”?

Thank you, Grace


Grace, I don’t have any trouble with illustrated Bible stories at all. I do believe that portraits of Christ are problematic because of Second Commandment issues, and so that has to be navigated carefully.

A Remarriage Question

I have been listening to your book, Fidelity, and despite your expressed focus on not getting bogged down in the specific scenarios, I have a question on the lawfulness of remarriage and the extent of God’s forgiving grace and restoration in this life.

My sister is dating a man who was married and divorced his wife for unlawful reasons even though they were both professing Christians. His ex-wife has since remarried and let’s assume he knows that it was sinful to divorce and is repentant. He is certainly forgiven and covered by grace, but does that mean that the temporary consequences are erased as well? Namely, is it still adultery on his part to marry my sister?

Then on my sister’s side of things, would my sister be committing adultery by marrying him or would this be an odd case of one way adultery (sin for the ex but not sin for the 2nd spouse)?

Your listener,


Stephen, assuming complete repentance, and assuming also that this man has sought his ex-wife’s forgiveness for his unbiblical action, I believe that he is free to marry. This is because remarrying his ex is now not a possibility, and he has made what restitution he could. God takes you from where you are, not from where you should have been. But as for your sister, she should want to know whether or not “lessons were learned.”

Sermon Outlines

I was curious how you make your sermon outlines. I believe I heard James White say once that you write out your whole sermon verbatim, but I was hoping you could shed some light on how you go about laying out your sermon. Also do you teach a specific system for doing this at Greyfriars?



Alex, in Greyfriars I explain to the students what I do, but we don’t teach it as “a system.” I think there are too many personality-dependent factors involved to do that. There have been a handful of times, maybe 10 to 20, where I have preached from a complete manuscript. But most of the time I preach from the outline you seen posted here on Saturdays, which constitutes about a quarter of what is said from the pulpit. So about 25% is written down beforehand as a prepared trail, and most of the sermon consists of ex temp forays off into the bushes.

Learning to Sing Psalms

I go to a rather nice Presbyterian church in London and am heavily involved with the music there, including training the congregation to sing in parts. We have made a lot of progress learning harmony and would like to move on to include psalm chants, through-composed psalms (especially David Erb’s work) and sung liturgy. Do you have any advice for introducing these to a congregation for the first time? The elders and most of the congregation are supportive, but I don’t want to lose or intimidate them by learning everything too fast. Assume that about a third of the congregation will practice parts or new melodies at home.

Also, do you have any recommended reading on liturgy, particularly the musical aspects?

Many thanks from a British reader.


Joel, as far as the reading goes, there is a section on this in my Mother Kirk, and also in A Primer on Worship and Reformation. What I would recommend that you do is to pick about five psalms (the kind that I describe as psalm candy). Accessible, where the parts are not too challenging, and so on. Organize a few psalm sings for interested folks, where you learn the song together. Then pick one of them, and introduce it in worship, and the third of the congregation that knows it will be able to carry the others. So . . . gradually, gradually. You should want people asking whether you can do this more, not asking whether you could do it less.

Myths and the Bible

I grew up reading myths whenever I could. Sometimes I got that more fairy tale version, sometimes I found more unvarnished versions. I always liked the stories of the heroes. I haven’t read much Ovid, though.

Now, I’m finding out that they may not be as fictional as I always thought. That demons were receiving worship as Greek/Roman deities. Is it also reasonable to assume that the heroes were creatures akin to Goliath? Demon empowered people?

Is there a way to separate the baby from the bathwater or is appreciating/enjoying these stories out of bounds for a Christian? I really don’t want to be glorifying Satan’s attempts at ruling this world.

PS: Thanks for Black & Tan. Some of my other heroes were Stonewall Jackson, Jeb Stuart, and Robert E. Lee. It was incredibly helpful for my ability to articulate how the Civil War is not equivalent to Germany vs the US. I’m going to go find a biography on Dabney, can you recommend one?



Thomas, sorry, I don’t have a good recommendation on a Dabney bio. As for your question on myths, yes. It is very clear that what the pagans viewed as gods, the Scriptures characterize as demonic—but with a spiritual reality there. The fortune-telling girl in Acts 16 had the “spirit of a python,” referring to Apollo, for example. So study of these stories can be edifying. Just don’t forget that they were on the other team.

Another Crowd Source Thing

Greeting from Canada. I had watched the majority of Blog and Mablog, Man Rampant, and the Plodcast over the past couple of years.

I do recall an excellent video you had done regarding an author who had left Christianity due to the problem of evil. It was a masterfully covered topic. I believe it had come put on or around March or April of 2022.

I had spend the better part of two weeks combing through all of the above trying to find and re-listen to this video.

By any chance, could you recall the title or the show this is available on?


Your brother in Christ,


Jouzif, sorry! That doesn’t ring any bells. Can anyone else out tehre help?


I am wondering if there are any whole Bible commentaries that you recommend. I have looked on as well as Canon Press but I do not see any recommendations for commentaries. Only recently have I started to dive deeper into theology and the commentaries that I have used in the past now have glaring errors that I did not see before. Please help!

In Christ,


Nick, the only full-Bible commentary that I (occasionally) use is Matthew Henry.

Thanks, and Paying It Forward

I wanted to extend my thanks to Doug Wilson and anyone else who happens to be involved behind the scenes over at Cannon Press. Over the past few years, our family has experienced a handful of unpleasant scenarios in a few different Christian contexts. Earlier this year, I realized that rather than simply being a series of unfortunate events, they were actually related, in that they all boil down to a conflict of worldviews. I then spent the past few months writing down my observations, and the piece is finally ready to share: Counterfeit Worldviews Invading the Church. I don’t know what’s to become of it, but I know it wouldn’t have been possible without both the content your organization produces, and the example you set to boldly stand for truth. The talk on “Winsome Tartness” has been particularly motivating when I’ve been tempted to doubt myself. My hope is that God would use the piece to open people’s eyes, that we might better engage in the spiritual battle all around us.

Many thanks,


Jason, thanks for sharing your work.

Christian Education Fund

Was talking to a friend and floated your idea that one of the best thing we can do culturally is to take our kids out of public schools. He wondered how churches can facilitate that financially. Is there anything that you guys do in Moscow to help parents with that transition (besides preaching)? What are some practical things you can suggest?


Yevgeniy, yes. Our Deacons’ Fund has a category we call the Christian Education Fund. We don’t want any child in our congregation to fail to receive a Christian education on account of money. If parents are strapped, they can apply to the deacons for help in this area.

Parenting Challenge

I’m thankful for your ministry and have a parenting question that doesn’t pertain to a recent post.

My husband and I have five children. We are reformed Baptist, and our children attend a University model school where they are on campus 3 days, home for 2. Our oldest child is 15 and a 9th grader this year. Historically, we have had a rule about not having a boyfriend. We’ve always discussed that at some age (high school, probably) we would be happy for our kids to go on group outings with mixed company to get better acquainted with boys and girls, without pairing off as boyfriend and girlfriend. However, our daughter now has a boyfriend from school, against our wishes or permission. We’ve been somewhat appalled at her boldness in continuing in this despite our not being okay with it. Our daughter’s argument has been that it’s a name only, they don’t go anywhere or do anything together, and that it’s only sinful (disobeying her parents) because we have made it so. Granted, we know that is untrue, but where we struggle is whether or not to let the gauntlet down and force an ending of the boyfriend label? The dissension this has brought to our home is troubling, due to the emotional outbursts she has when the conversation comes up. Prior to us finding out about the boyfriend, we discovered she was sneaking ways to talk to this boy in the late hours of the night, so it seems it would be more than a label of “boyfriend” if we have more freedom. We imposed hefty consequences for the sneaking around and yet, still we are here with our daughter having this boyfriend and zero shame for disobeying our rules.

Some back story: My husband and I are high school sweethearts and were “good Christian kids” who were nevertheless driven by our lusts, as we were allowed to date, be alone, and had little accountability from parents. We had to deal with some issues as a result after we were married. We desperately do not want to see our daughter in a situation like this and truthfully, never imagined that she would rebel. We have tried to explain to her that you must “start as you mean to go on” and cannot have this label when you are not allowed to date and are not close to marriage age. This boy is in a home that rarely attends church, and when they do it is a Church of Christ denomination that believes baptism is necessary for salvation. We would have serious issues if she were older and considering marrying this boy, so why wouldn’t we now?

All that to say, what is a wise approach and/or what is the unwise approach? Do we allow her to continue in her disobedience, waiting for conviction, and not letting the subject go lest she think we approve? Do we force her to end something that is really just a label, on principle? Do we go as far to get in touch with the boy or his parents? Do we bring in elders of the church, with this seemingly “small” issue? We truly are at a loss of how to love our daughter while also disciplining her


MH, it is not a small issue. Deception is not a small issue, defiance is not a small issue, and if it would be difficult to break up now, just imagine two years from now. But you must have two elements in your response. The obvious thing is to do what it takes to break the relationship up. But the second thing is that dad needs to start spending a lot of time loving on his daughter.

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1 year ago

Mightn’t some of those stories have been tales that grew in the telling?

1 year ago
Reply to  Kristina

I love the book “After the Flood” by Bill Cooper. He reasons from ancient historical documents that many of the gods and goddesses were exactly that, stories of the long-lived Noah and family who lived past many of their own descendants, stories that became greatly exaggerated in the telling.

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Zeph .
1 year ago

MH, of course you get in touch with his parents. They need to be aware of this as much as you do. If they are on the same page, then they will be an asset.

1 year ago
Reply to  Zeph .

The other parents have no issue with their son having a girlfriend (assuming this because his sister who is the same age as our daughter has had a long term boyfriend) but we have yet to tell them our thoughts. We plan to let them know we do not approve and are ending it. They hopefully still will prove to be an asset, in not wanting their son to disrespect us, even if they don’t agree with us on teens dating.

1 year ago

RE: Lonely Hearts – Rose:
I met my wife through Christian Mingle. Also, the local church is usually good.

Amanda Wells
Amanda Wells
1 year ago

Grace, we read the semi-Reformed Big Picture Story Bible for years and loved how it made the redemption story accessible to little kids without realizing how the pictures taught theology as well. Only this year did our 4th child, reading it to a younger sibling, point out that the Jesus character is drawn identical to the Adam one – because Jesus is the new Adam!

1 year ago

Pastor Wilson, Thank you for answering my letter.

1 year ago

RE: Dating/marriage challenges The dating/marriage situation for serious, committed Christians is not good. Especially for those who find themselves disconnected from strong Christian communities (these are much rarer than people inside these communities tend to think), converted later in life, or without Christian family members (who, whether consciously or not, often help a lot in arranging potential marriages). It’s incredibly difficult to develop the kinds of relationships with other Christians that could lead to marriage today, especially after your early 20s. So… buckle in for a bumpy ride. Don’t expect *anything* from your church (and, if you do get married,… Read more »

1 year ago

This is a funny cartoon…thats me without the smokers! ha ha ha ha

1 year ago

Re: dating sites. I’m pretty sure I saw Toby Sumpter read an ad on CrossPolitic about a new dating site for reformed people

1 year ago

Calvin, when he was alive, was a pissant from hell. I’m quite sure that he has repented of his failures and been received into the joy of God’s unfathonable love.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bilbo

It’s too bad we can’t all be amazing, near sinless beings while on this earth like you, Bilbo.

Reformed Wife
Reformed Wife
1 year ago

Re: the dad loving on his daughter My hubby is a good God-fearing man, but loving on his daughters was not something he ever learned how to do and so please take Doug’s words to heart and do that. Nothing else is more important to a daughter than the unconditional love and protection of her father, even if she doesn’t know that at 16. She needs YOU to be her knight-in-shining armour right now. Rescue her from this relationship and become her head. Have conversations that include listening and asking her questions. Get more info from Doug on how to… Read more »

1 year ago

Jason, I *really* appreciate your writing down your thoughts about the counterfeit worldviews sneaking into the church! You summed up very convincingly the reasons we must be on guard and be able to identify an ungodly worldview, of which until reading your article, I had only vague ideas. I’ve many times had the feeling that something was not quite right, but was not able to put my finger on it, likely because I’ve been partially accepting of some of these very lies. Thank you for your clear thoughts on the matter and for sharing where others can benefit. We have… Read more »

1 year ago

The apostates you are looking for might be Rhett and Link of Good Mythical Morning.

1 year ago
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Zeph .
Zeph .
1 year ago

There is a difference between kinism and cultural affiliation. The one place that this is relevant involves American Indians. The Constitution only refers to one racial group and that is American Indians. The Constitution refers to the creation of treaties. Being a member of a federally recognized Tribe can have financial benefits. For instance, I’m aware of a Tribe which owns a hydroelectric dam. I understand that they do some profit sharing with members. This leads to massive issues of envy and jealously guarding membership rolls.

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Brendan of Ireland
Brendan of Ireland
1 year ago

Doug, I’m not sure you’ve got Thomas Aquinas right on a number points – especially the notion that “Thomism” makes God as contingent as, and or with, his creation. He can only be understood and judged according to the times in which he lived, and the intellectual audience for which he wrote. As a thirteenth century Catholic he believed a lot of weird things that have since been rejected by Rome, but he is still a vital apologetic ally in the war against atheism and Christian theological self-understanding. Get a hold of Denys Turners superlative biography of Aquinas if you… Read more »

1 year ago

To Rose, the girl in California looking for a husband- theres a handful of traditional dating communities swirling around the internet. I’m aware of two, courtesy of Lori Alexander ( Dominion Dating ( and trads_uncooperative ( Both are new and as of yet, don’t have much of a userbase yet, but I think its worth a shot. I joined the latter last week.