Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

An Election Day Meditation

" politician is honest, nor is there any champion of justice at whose side to fight and be saved." -Plato, The Republic book VI.

Today is Election Day, and many people will be casting their vote to remove the pernicious political profiteers who currently hold office in Washington, D.C. "So long, folks. Don't let the door hit you on the way out!" There is a danger, however, in even in this good change. There are many who think and act as if the great hope of humanity is the Second Coming of the Republican Party. Christians need to be on guard against this sort of political idolatry. Even Plato, a pagan philosopher, could clearly see that the men who are capable of attaining political office are the very people who probably should not have it. Men who want power are men who should not have power. This realization was also behind the practice of the early Church of only making bishops out of men who said, "Nolo Episcopari." (I don't want to be a bishop.)

So with this in mind, cast your vote for the man whom you think best exemplifies Christian principles of government, but at the same time realize that the salvation for our nation from its troubles is not to be found in elected men. The way to save a nation is through repentance, and the only Savior of the nations is Jesus Christ.