Books

There is no political panacea

By |April 22nd, 2011|

(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. […]

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

By |April 16th, 2011|

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). […]

Politically–mandated virtue unworkable, author warns former CCU dean

By |February 17th, 2011|

(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 […]

Readers criticize Boykin essay on Islam & religious freedom

By |February 12th, 2011|

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. […]

Lincoln’s Birthday 2011

By |February 12th, 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 […]

We must resist Jihadism as Bonhoeffer resisted Nazism

By |January 20th, 2011|

Eric Metaxas gave a talk on his book “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” on Tuesday night at the John Paul II Center here in Denver. An overflow crowd of over 300 people showed, including Bill Armstrong, the President of CCU, John Andrews, the head of the Centennial Institute, Charles Chaput, the Bishop of the Arch Diocese of Denver, as well as a representation of Orthodox Priests and others.

Metaxas was funny, profound, and made many points that hit home! It is clear to me that the relation of Bonhoeffer to the German church in the 1930s, which accommodated the growing evil of Hitler with rationalizations and willful blindness, is the SAME relationship WE have to our secular society! […]

Congressional conservatives setting selves up to fail?

By |January 6th, 2011|

(Centennial Fellow) Energized by the Tea Party, a conservative comeback ostensibly rolls into Washington this month. But are the results desired truly going to happen?

Conservatives have two well–established, honorable impulses: they want a free country and they want a virtuous country. […]

‘Virtue socialism’ as toxic as the economic kind, book warns

By |December 16th, 2010|

Centennial Institute Fellow Kevin Miller has brought out a book–length treatment of his provocative essay on freedom and virtue in American politics, published last year in Centennial Review.

Freedom Nationally, Virtue Locally—or Socialism was released Nov. 29 by Denali Press. […]

Election transparency overdue

By |December 5th, 2010|

(Denver Post, Dec. 5) What is CoDA? If you said a rock group, a wonder drug, or a state agency, you’re wrong. It’s the Colorado Democracy Alliance, today’s smartphone successor to the old dialup state Democratic Party. CoDA’s coup in turning Colorado blue is related in this year’s most important political book, “The Blueprint,” by Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer. […]

Darwin as racist? Read him and decide for yourself

By |November 6th, 2010|

(CCU Student) My purpose for this article is to stress the importance of reading the works of the most brilliant, disturbed, and influential minds of the last two centuries in order to understand how they have influenced our world. It is not enough to read about these men; one must read the original texts in order to gain a complete view and understanding.

Charles Darwin is arguably one of the greatest influences of the 20th century. His controversial theory of evolution offered a scientific alternative to the “New–Earth” creation that most westerners in the mid 19th century adhered to, and revolutionized the field of biological science. Most notably, however, Darwin’s theory presented itself as an alternative to a Creator God. […]