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…

The Implications of Being Pro-Life

"The so-called right to abortion follows directly from the conviction that individual liberty is the most basic right, deserving to be esteemed higher even than the life of others. And this conviction runs deep in American thought.

"Being pro-life means rejecting the various romantic ideas that each individual can and should always strive to realize their personal goals, irrespective of other factors and responsibilities. Being pro-life means embracing relationships, familial bonds, and social duties... But I believe that selfless sacrifice is a concept that Christians are supposed to believe in. And again, this doesn’t begin at the question of pregnancy. This has to begin well prior to that, when we are crafting our ideas about families, vocations, community groups, and government policy."

- Steven Wedgeworth

(See the full post here. It is excellent and thought provoking.)