• CHARLTON: How do you choose with whom to associate?

    In the middle of the first century AD a rather heated theological quarrel raged among the members of the early church. The church was quickly moving from its Jewish roots and locale in Jerusalem and into the larger Roman world, and as it did, there were many questions about how to live in and relate to a society with beliefs and practices that stood in marked contrast to the burgeoning Christian movement.

  • DOYLE: A night that merged black and white

    Perhaps it is appropriate that in the month we celebrate African-American history that this week we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic rise to prominence of one Cassius Clay, the boxer and not the abolitionist for whom he was named, the man famous worldwide as Muhammad Ali.

    And there are few persons I can identify during my lifetime who did more to span the great divide between races, to bring focus and discussion to the principles that Martin Luther King had preached.

  • SOUDER: Evading the obvious – Part 2: The impossibility of Darwin’s theory

    In my last column, I began by quoting Thomas Sowell, who said that “it takes a high IQ to evade the obvious” as a commentary on all manner of things that I believe are (or should be) intuitively obvious to reasonable people but that supposedly highly intelligent people try to explain away by using all sorts of sophisticated buffoonery. I then went on to use the recent debate about human origins between Bill Nye, “the science guy.” and Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis in Northern Kentucky, as a perfect example of this phenomenon.

  • DOYLE: A snowy Valentine’s gold-medal gift

    On Friday night, the romanticists among you probably were laying it on thick for Valentine’s Day.

    Maybe you dropped a special piece of jewelry or chocolate or flowers on your sweetheart.

    Maybe you sat across from him or her in a dark little corner of a restaurant, sipping champagne or honey bourbon or a bountiful Brunello and staring into the most enchanting eyes you’ve seen.

    Maybe you lit candles on your dining room table and put on your finery to make something routine into something extraordinary.

  • CHARLTON: End-of-life planning requires attention

    Thinking about death is not easy, especially when it is the prospect of your own. When one considers the complicated nature of the dying process in this time of highly advanced medical technology, however, it is of vital importance that people consider how they want to deal with end-of-life care.

    What do you need to know in order to prepare for your own end-of-life care? There are several matters to which every person should direct their attention, the first being the importance of talking about their wishes with their loved ones.

  • DOYLE: How the Beatles invaded our lives

    I could fill up an entire newspaper with my confessions, especially if I embraced the “good for the soul” argument, but this one will shock many who know me or who have been around me for more than a few laps:

    I was a slow adaptor when it came to the Beatles.

    Yes, those beloved Beatles, the ones whose music courses through the tone-deaf chambers of my brain.

  • SOUDER: Evading the obvious: Ideas and their consequences, Part 1

    I have often used Thomas Sowell’s quote, “It takes a high IQ to evade the obvious,” as a commentary on all manner of things that are (or should be) intuitively obvious to reasonable people but that supposedly highly intelligent people try to explain away by using all sorts of sophisticated buffoonery.

  • CHARLTON: Addressing the difficult issue of euthanasia

    In my last column I wrote that there comes a time to turn off life support mechanisms (which support what I called “artificial life”) and thus allow a person to pass away. It is, I believe, the compassionate and proper step to take in some situations. The next logical question is to ask, what about euthanasia?

    Euthanasia is, according to the American Medical Association, “the administration of a lethal agent by another person to a patient for the purpose of relieving the patient’s intolerable and incurable suffering.”

  • DOYLE: The way we played on snow days

    You would think that the huge release of warm air on Monday – that being the exhale of parents who were allowed to send their students back to school – would have offset some of this frigidity that has surrounded us.

    After a tease of tropics on Sunday, the reading was -4 on my barn thermometer Tuesday morning, even as a school bus drove past on the road below.

    Everyone is talking about the weather, and it’s not because they can’t think of anything else.

  • SOUDER: God is pro-life (and pro-choice)

    There’s an old joke in which an atheist scientist comes to God and says, "We've figured out how to create life without you."

    "OK, let me see you do it," God replies.

    As the atheist bends down to the ground and scoops up a handful of soil to begin his work, God stops him and says, “Oh, no you don't. Get your own dirt!"