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Bill Cosby and Rape: Why Were We So Slow?

Bill Cosby has fallen from grace. America’s dad is in the dog house after decades in our living rooms. The accusations of rape are old news but something has shifted. The accusers’ stories are gaining momentum and what was an open secret is now impossible to ignore. Bill Cosby is a rapist and we all know it. TV Land, Netflix and ABC know it, too, so they are cancelling their relationships with him. A logica ...

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A First Thanksgiving Hoax

Editor's Note: The Raven Foundation is delighted to welcome Dr. Robert Tracy McKenzie, chair of the Department of History at Wheaton College, to our flock! Dr. McKenzie has an inspiring approach to history and aspires to, as he says, "think Christianly about America's past." Recognizing our human propensity to "re-member" (that is, "piece back together") history according to our current worldviews, Dr. McKe ...

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The Oracle of Certainty: From Ancient Athens to ISIS

Thank the gods we don’t believe in the utterances of oracles anymore. We don’t search for omens in the entrails of sacrificed animals or believe that women in drug induced trances can foretell our destiny. Because the ancient Greeks fell for this superstitious mumbo jumbo, they were led into two disastrous wars that had devastating consequences. The great anti-war playwright Euripides offers his critique of ...

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Winston Churchill, Jesus, and Redeeming Democracy

Winston Churchill, the great 20th century politician and protector of democratic values, once quipped that, It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except all those others that have been tried. It’s Election Day here in the United States and my Facebook feed is full of pictures of my friends proudly voting. Other images of women from the early 1900 fighting for the right to vote app ...

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Democracy’s Most Cherished Act

Democracy! A word, a way of life, our highest ideal: Everyone is equal; no one is marginal. I still feel the force of this word, though the middle syllable — “mock” — grows increasingly dominant when I hear it, especially now, as election season rolls around again. The enormity of my indifference to this election is balanced by something that feels like grief. The system we live under is . . . Words fail me ...

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Why? – Unlocking the Answer to School Shootings

                            Last week’s school shooting in Marysville, Washington has us all asking the question again – Why did this happen? Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary gave voice to the despair many are feeling as we search for answers. “The question everybody wants is ‘Why?’ I don’t know that the ‘why’ is something we can provi ...

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Why David Brooks Needs Mimetic Theory – and So Do You

Anyone honestly interested in a solution to the emergence of ISIL in Iraq needs to learn the basics of mimetic theory. Without mimetic theory, we fall victim to catastrophic failures of logic, which lead to equally catastrophic decisions made in ignorance of our own foolishness. New York Times columnist David Brooks provides an excellent case study for my claim with his article “The Good Order”. His flawed ...

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Sweden and the Awakening of Eco-Integrity

Startling news: Sweden now recycles 99 percent of its waste. At least that’s what people are saying, including an official website of Sweden itself: “Less than one per cent of Sweden’s household waste ends up in a rubbish dump.” There may be less to this statement than meets the eye, but before I address that issue, I need to pause at the jolt of ecstatic excitement and jubilant incredulity I felt for a mom ...

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Why the NFL is Better for Women than the US Senate

The NFL has come under severe scrutiny for its handling of domestic violence during the last few months. Rodger Goodell has admitted to fumbling the Ray Rice case, has admitted that the NFL has a problem with abusing women, and he has committed himself to finding a solution. There are many reasons to be cynical about Goodell. Maybe the only reason he’s attempting to implement changes is because of public pr ...

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The NFL, Ray Rice, and Keith Olbermann – I Accuse Us

A second video surfaced on Monday that confirmed what many already knew to be true – Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocked out his future wife, Janay Palmer, with a punch to the head in a hotel elevator last February. The first video of the incident surfaced a few months ago. It should Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer from the elevator. Later at a press conference, Rice admitted that his actions ...

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