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Holidays

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, and I've given a fair bit of thought as to why that is so. After all, authorities tell us that real Christians live in and out of Easter, while churches as they are have converged entirely with the culture in making Christmas #1. Worse still, by the measure of faith, Thanksgiving is the one religious holiday in the United States that gets its warrant from state instead of church. Doubtless, memories--especially childhood memories--have…
James Bratt
November 16, 2005
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Transition and Tradition

With this issue Roy Anker rotates off Perspectives' team of co-editors, and the bearer of the above by-line rotates on. Nothing personal: it's Board policy, and a good one. Leanne Van Dyk and David Timmer, the rest of the current troika, will follow in due time, to be replaced by players to be named later. Perspectives is a journalistic trade built entirely on draft choices, with seven-figure contracts filled in only to the right of the decimal point and with…
James Bratt
August 1, 2004
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The Sound of Silence

Now that The Passion of the Christ is playing in the theaters, we can reflect a moment on how it played in the culture prior to its Ash Wednesday release. Most obviously, it provoked another dust-up in the culture wars. From the Left came warnings of anti-Semitism, warnings apparently borne out when director Mel Gibson's father asserted that the Holocaust was "mostly fiction." The real fiction, retorted some critics, lay with the original four gospels, to which Gibson was na├»vely…
James Bratt
March 16, 2004
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Edwards Unbound

The life of Jonathan Edwards, born 300 years ago this month, is a tale of a singular but complex vision crossed by paradoxical outcomes under sometimes extreme conditions. The boy was reared in a nearly all-female family under the close watch of a rigorous father. Absorbed from the start with the demands of a fearsome deity, he broke through in his late teens to a vision of that same God being, literally, sweetness and light. Plagued by a brittle personality…
James Bratt
October 16, 2003