Defending the Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & the American Constitution
Sunday December 14th 2014

‘Gary S. Smith’

Theodore Roosevelt and Veterans Day

Theodore Roosevelt and Veterans Day

Theodore Roosevelt GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES As we celebrate Veterans Day this year, it is instructive to consider the contributions of our presidents to our nation’s defense and military. Of America’s 43 presidents, 31 have served in the military. Ten, most notably George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, [...]

“So Help Me God”—The Second Inaugural of Barack Obama

“So Help Me God”—The Second Inaugural of Barack Obama

GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES On Monday the United States will celebrate one of its great festivals of civil religion as Barack Obama is inaugurated for a second time. Although nothing in the Constitution mandates it (the only things the Constitution specifies are the date and the wording of the oath), the ceremony will [...]

Testimonies of Heaven – Gary S. Smith

Testimonies of Heaven – Gary S. Smith

GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Earlier this year I went to the WPXI television studio in Pittsburgh to tape an interview. The technician who escorted me inquired, “What are you here to discuss today?” When I replied, “heaven,” he asked, “Have they found it?” As he correctly reasoned, the discovery of heaven would [...]

Proof of Heaven

Proof of Heaven

GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Heaven is Real,” a Newsweek cover proclaimed last week. Renowned neurosurgeon Eben Alexander’s scientific worldview had previously led him to view near-death experiences as having plausible scientific explanations. However, spending seven days in a coma convinced him that the afterlifetruly [...]

Religion and the Ethics of 2012

Religion and the Ethics of 2012

GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Religious issues have played a significant role in numerous presidential elections, as they are in 2012. In 1800, his opponents accused Thomas Jefferson of atheism and trying to undermine the republic’s Christian foundation. In 1928 and 1960, many Americans were alarmed by the Catholic faith of [...]

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