Generals Jackson & Lee: Never Forget

And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed— if all records told the same tale— then the lie passed into history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls… Continue Reading

On Taking Students Seriously

On Taking Students Seriously: A Pedagogue’s Reflection on C. S. Lewis’s “The Weight of Glory” Trent D. Demarest Dean of Academics, Trinity Lutheran School, Cheyenne, WY (Presented at the Seventeenth Summer Conference of the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education [CCLE… Continue Reading

Technopoly’s Reverence for Statistics and Polls

From Neil Postman’s Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology (New York: Vintage Books/Random House, 1993); Chapter 8, “Invisible Technologies.” Apropros of the sustained effort of fraudulent wish-projection by “the polling industry” (excepting Kellyanne Conway), i.e., the reason why President-elect Donald Trump’s… Continue Reading

Trump, Abortion, & the Question of Culpability

This article marks the web-logarithmic debut of Pseudepigraphus’s newest contributor, Konig. Welcome, Konig. So there was this whole thing: http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/30/politics/donald-trump-abortion-town-hall/ (tl;dr – Trump stated that if abortion is illegal, women who have them should be punished. Pro-life groups attacked him… Continue Reading

Dear Robert: Super Bowl commercials, NARAL, Doritos, and why you need to read Neil Postman

  Dear Robert, Re: the withered sentiment expressed by NARAL: “A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, ‘You are mad; you are not like… Continue Reading

The World an end, and faith a means -or- Why the Pope Celebrates the Reformation

“Once you have made the World an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing. Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and… Continue Reading

Should Christian Couples Use Contraception? What the Bible, the Church’s Witness, and Natural Law Have to Say about Birth Control

“Unfortunately, it seems like most Christians either fall into the trap of either ignoring what the Scriptures say about the family and the blessing of children or go to the opposite extreme and try to infer all kinds of strange… Continue Reading

A prayer for the murdered unborn

“To hear of a thousand deaths in war is terrible,  and we ‘know’ that it is. But as it registers on our hearts, it is not more terrible than one death fully imagined.” (Wendell Berry, “It All Turns On Affection”;… Continue Reading

Social media, universal human insanity, and loving your neighbor

“What other people say about you is none of your business.” Once upon a time in college, a wise friend of mine, quoting her wise mother, shared this pearl with me. When she first dropped it, I didn’t think it… Continue Reading

Risks of Living in the Gomorrah-Camelot Greater Metro-area

Two scans, some photo stitching, and about an hour of airbrushing later, it’s done. The above image is the 10.5″ x 14″ cover of one of my precious rare finds: a December 26, 1955 special issue of LIFE magazine on… Continue Reading

Monarchy, Confederacy, and the Failed American Experiment

I don’t frequent discussions of politics these days, although I used to be (or at least imagined myself to be) quite the politico when I was in high school and college. Still, people who didn’t know me then but know… Continue Reading

If “Holy Matrimony” is a sacrament, “Marriage” is the earthly element…kind of

» Help keep Pseudepigraphus online « I was pleased to hear this episode of the Christ & Culture podcast by Rev’d Scott Stiegemeyer, in which he interviews the Rev’d Dr. John Bombaro (HT: the Rev’d Sem. Kyle Richardson). The two… Continue Reading

Pastors, Stop Performing Weddings…maybe

My good friend Rev’d Jordan Cooper wrote a short piece over on his blog entitled, “Pastors, Don’t Stop Performing Weddings.” What follows here are my own thoughts on the matter. I felt it was important for me to write my… Continue Reading

“You cannot keep the birds from flying overhead, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.”

Like everyone else, I have some thoughts on the recent SCOTUS decision, so I’m sharing them here on my blog, whence they will be piped out into various social media, judged, weighed, and found wanting. Brace for contact. My first… Continue Reading

pseudepodcast – The Augsburg Confession: Preface to the Emperor Charles V

http://www.tdaviddemarest.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Readers-Introduction-to-the-Augsburg-Confession.m4aPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOne thing that really struck me when I was reading the Preface to the Emperor Charles V was how fervently the confessors expressed their desire that a General… Continue Reading

“The Nicomachean Ethics, Founding Fathers, and Human Happiness” — A lecture by Dr. Brad Birzer of Hillsdale College

The following lecture should appear at this link, which you will notice is dead. However, this lecture needs to be preserved somewhere, so I’m arrogating to myself the position of “steward of the mysteries of Birzer” for purposes of this… Continue Reading

Liberty, Martyrdom, and the HHS Mandate

Dear Robert, Sorry for taking advantage of a “Reply-all” to people I don’t necessarily know, but here goes… Instead of a “stand up for religious liberty” day, how about a “stand up for Christian conviction even in the face of… Continue Reading

Thoughts on the HHS mandate, religious liberty, etc.

I’m having a hard time putting my finger on just what about this panel-hearing made me so uneasy, besides the fact that it was three-and-a-quarter hours long (yes, I watched the whole thing). Here we had five men of the… Continue Reading

Fear God. Honor the King.

I find that I write better in correspondence than I do when I simply try to generate thoughts. That having been said, I’m posting a few bits and pieces from an email exchange I’ve recently been having with my friend… Continue Reading