Category Archives: Books

‘Letter from the Future’ warns America may not see 2076

Does America face inevitable decline? The symptoms are increasing, historians warn that great nations tend to fade after 200–250 years, and Mark Steyn’s new book, After America: Get Ready for Armageddon, predicts regretfully that odds are against the USA maintaining its greatness.

My own book Responsibility Reborn: A Citizen’s Guide to the Next American Century (Denali Press, 2011) takes a more hopeful, but still guarded, outlook. Continue reading

Andrews Looks to 2020 * Book Signing, Oct. 4

Americans must revive responsibility or lose our liberty, warns John Andrews in his new book Responsibility Reborn. Centennial Institute’s director, a former state senator and appointee of four US presidents, will outline a 10–point agenda for 2020 and sign copies of his book on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 730pm at the Tattered Cover in Highlands Ranch, 9315 Dorchester St. Admission is free but reservations are required. RSVP to Centennial@ccu.edu or 303.963.3424.

There is no political panacea

(Denver Post, April 24) “To the Colorado renaissance.” That’s the oilman’s toast to the steelmaker and the railroad mogul in the new film version of “Atlas Shrugged.” As Ayn Rand’s epic novel of capitalism finally comes to the screen, more timely now than when she wrote it in 1957, our state has a starring role. You never saw the aspens so golden, the individualism so heroic, the bureaucrats so villainous. Continue reading

Books that hurt the world, or helped it, targeted by Wiker

As conservatives, unlike the left with its belief that material causation is all, we know that ideas have consequences. To gird for the battle of ideas, I recommend not only Richard Weaver’s 1948 classic by that title, but also Benjamin Wiker’s excellent companion volumes, Ten Books That Screwed Up the World (2008) and Ten Books Every Conservative Must Read (2010). Continue reading

Politically–mandated virtue unworkable, author warns former CCU dean

(CCU Student) Yesterday I took part in a meeting with John Andrews, director of the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University, and others for a planning and update session on the direction of the Centennial Institute and our effectiveness of spreading the principles of freedom and the values of 1776. In my time at CCU, I have had the privilege of watching the Centennial Institute Continue reading

Readers criticize Boykin essay on Islam & religious freedom

Centennial Review, the monthly speech digest from Centennial Institute, welcomes comments and concerns from our readers. The current issue on “Sharia Law or the Constitution? America Must Choose,” by Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, US Army (Ret.), drew adverse reactions from James Moore of Lakewood, Colorado, on a side issue in the discussion (polygamy) and from Karen Stein of Dakota Dunes, SD, on the General’s main argument about limits to religious freedom. Continue reading

Lincoln’s Birthday 2011

Abraham Lincoln, born 202 years ago today, saved the Union and helped Americans closer to realizing the promise of our Declaration of Independence. From my long shelf of books about him, I especially recommend “Vindicating Lincoln” by Krannawitter, “Redeemer President” by Guelzo, “Crisis of the House Divided” and “New Birth of Freedom” by Jaffa, and “Abraham Lincoln: Theologian of American Anguish” by Trueblood.