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Moral Illiteracy and the Case for Character Education

In After Virtue, Alasdair MacIntyre observes that in all classical and heroic societies, “the chief means of moral education is the telling of stories.” In a real sense the heroes of the Iliad and the Odyssey were the moral tutors of the Greeks. Likewise Aeneas was the model of heroic piety on which young Romans …

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Why Does the Church Decline?—J. Gresham Machen (1881 – 1937)

American New Testament scholar J. Gresham Machen is best known for his struggles against theological liberalism in the old Northern Presbyterian Church. Dismayed by doctrinal drift, he led in the establishment of two new, conservative institutions – Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. But his concerns extended beyond the denomination and its academies. …

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Hypocrites behind the Pulpit—Richard Baxter (1615 – 1691)

In the weaving town of Kidderminster from 1641 to 1660, Richard Baxter’s preaching and catechizing was the Spirit’s means to transform the parish from licentiousness to godliness. As he gathered his ministerial insights into a book for the Worcestershire association of ministers, he recognized a great danger for pastors who might attempt to follow his recommendations …

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