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Owen Strachan: The Timelessness of CS Lewis

What do you get when you take a mysterious house, a talking lion, and an English professor?

You get magic.

You get a gateway to an enchanted land.

You get the Chronicles of Narnia.

56 years ago, Cambridge University professor CS Lewis died.
When he died, the world lost one of the two literary figures who had created a new wave of compelling fantasy. Both Narnia and the Lord of the Rings trilogy represented genuinely terrific fiction that functioned as a spiritual lens by which to see BOTH the world before us and the world beyond us.

And now—nearly 60 years later—appreciation for the work of Lewis and Tolkien shows no signs of abating. Even as children experience increasingly secular education in the West, many young minds are awakened and stirred by the possibility of hope beyond the horizon.

All thanks to a mysterious house, a talking lion, and an English professor.

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David Davenport: Impeachment Is an Extraordinary Remedy

In the first 175 years of the nation, the House of Representatives impeached only one president, Andrew Johnson. Now in the last 57 years, it’s impeached two, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and it may be ready to impeach a third.

Why the rise in impeachments? Because we forget that impeachment is extraordinary. The normal way to remove a president is by the people through elections. The extraordinary way is impeachment, with its Constitutional requirement of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Lacking political patience, we threaten to make the extraordinary now ordinary.

Politics is an ugly business. Quid pro quos in foreign policy? They doubtless happen more than we think and, if we don’t like them, we have a chance to cast our vote in one year. But a case of high crimes and misdemeanors demanding an extraordinary remedy?

I think not.

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Albert Mohler: Phillip Johnson: 1940-2019

Phillip Johnson—lawyer, author, key critic of Darwinian evolution—has died at the age of 79.

He graduated from Harvard, then the University of Chicago Law School, and would go on to clerk for the chief justice of the United States, Earl Warren. He’d then go on to teach at Berkeley’s School of Law.

But the key moment in his life came as a result of an invitation his young daughter received to go to Vacation Bible School at a local church. That exposure led to Phillip Johnson’s own Christian conversion.

But he’ll be remembered by many for his book, published in 1991, “Darwin on Trial,” in which he challenged the dominant theory of evolution, recognizing that it could not possibly account for the world as we know it. This world, he pointed out, has nearly infinite complexity.

Phillip Johnson was brilliant. He was also a personal friend and a courageous defender of truth.

He was born in 1940. He died just a few days ago at his home in Berkley, California.

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Hugh Hewitt: Stick With the Facts

As the Democrats in the House continue their hyper-partisan efforts to impeach the president, those of us in media who have defended the president need to stay far away from exaggeration during this process.

Some of the “deep-state” hyperbole we see distracts from the need to drive home the most important point — Chairman Adam Schiff is denying the president and his colleagues in the minority due process.

Senate Republicans should refuse any article of impeachment birthed by this deeply broken “process.” But neither the president nor the country is helped by hyperbole on their side.

Our rhetorical efforts should be focused on the fact that Trump did not commit an impeachable offense. In fact, he committed no offense at all — no quid pro quo, no extortion, no bribery.

Opportunities are lost every day when the president’s defenders overreach into conspiracy theory and refuse to wait upon the facts about wrongdoings by government officials in 2016, indeed if there are any at all.

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