October 22, 2017

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Talk hard: The role of the critic in Christianity

Talk Hard In which the iMonk describes and defends the role of the critic in Christianity. by Michael Spencer In the almost four years that The Internet Monk web site has been posting my thoughts on the door of the world, I’ve received over a thousand letters. Pretty cool. And 95 percent of them have […]

To be or not to be: Why I’m not a young earth creationist

To Be Or Not To Be Everybody thinks I should be a young earth creationist. I’m not. Why? by Michael Spencer (NOTE: Well, I guess I need to say that is is entirely my personal, scientifically ignorant, highly subjective view. This is not a pronouncement on creationism, but a personal declaration of why I am […]

The Special Temptations of a House Divided

The Special Temptations of a House Divided by Michael Spencer The writers of the Constitution believed Congress was the branch of government closest to the people. With the terms of representatives being short, no political parties in existence and no thought of a permanent political class making this a career, high hopes were placed in […]

Dirty hands and a pure heart

Dirty Hands and A Pure Heart George W. Bush and the Reality of Political Compromise by Michael Spencer Were it not for the war on terrorism, conservatives would be boiling mad at President Bush. As it is, the President’s popularity among conservatives is suffering through a period of disenchantment. As was predicted in this space […]

I’m not a conservative Christian

I’m Not A Conservative Christian Dare I say it? I don’t need Rush, Sean or O’Reilly to tell me what’s important. by Michael Spencer When you write for public consumption, there is always that fear that someone is going to read your recent stuff, head back into the archives and announce that you have done […]

To clone or not to clone

To Clone or Not to Clone by Michael Spencer The first point I want to make is someone tell this Italian doctor to please not clone himself, because he looks like a casting mistake in a Peter Sellers movie. Or a Dr. Evil wannabe. Or a guy who always wanted to be the villain in […]

Liberals and Conservatives: Beware the Class of 2001

Liberals and Conservatives: Beware the Class of 2001 by Michael Spencer I have been to the mountaintop, and I have seen the future. It’s called the class of 2001, and my liberal friends, it looks grim for you. But before conservatives pour a drink and get ready for a rout, you might want to pay […]

The Freedom to Limit Freedom

The Freedom to Limit Freedom by Michael Spencer Readers of this journal are no doubt aware of the editor’s claim to be a moderate libertarian. The encroachment and enlargement of the federal government and judiciary is a frequent subject of sincere warnings from this pen. For that reason, I feel I must make a reasonable […]

Liberty, Liberalism and Law On the Streets of Cincinnati

Liberty, Liberalism and Law On the Streets of Cincinnati by Michael Spencer I don’t want a police state anywhere in America, not even in Cincinnati. Someone might reasonably argue that a community which elected Jerry Springer as mayor needs to be watched closely, but I am not moved by this extreme example. Groups of riot-geared […]

Christ and the Public School

Christ and the Public School Let me get to the point quickly: If Christians left the public school sector – it would fall apart at the seams. Opinion you ask? No! That’s a fact! In my twelve years in an inner city, multi-racial public school I have witnessed personally the desperate need public education has […]