Christians set good example to follow

We hear it from Ward Churchill proteges and our most-progressive friends and colleagues. White male American Christian capitalists are intolerant of other cultures and religions, and they must stop trying to boorishly dominate the world. It’s a drum beat that never stops. Christianity may be the most openly blasphemed religion in the world today, yet […]

A grand history continues for some grand hymns

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist I don’t suppose it’s particularly surprising most of us have spent more time choosing toothpaste brands than choosing the hymns we’d like sung at our funeral. We’d rather think about toothpaste.   I don’t know who picked the hymns for President Gerald R. Ford’s funeral at the National Cathedral in […]

Old letter should be taken to heart

By Curtis Shelburne At the end of June 1940, Winston Churchill, one of my favorite historical figures, had not been prime minister more than a few weeks. Quite alone among world leaders at this point, he was bearing the terrible burden of struggling to keep the free world out of Hitler’s grasp. Knowing the pressure he […]

Could Gas Prices Be a Blessing in Disguise?

By Curtis K. Shelburne As I write this column, gasoline prices are rising so rapidly that it would be pretty safe to bet they’ll be a couple or twenty cents higher per gallon by the time I finish writing this than they are as I begin. Where will it end? I don’t know. One good […]

A Lesson from History and Party Politics

By Curtis K. Shelburne It was the summer of 1945. Nazi Germany had just been defeated, and the British people, in their first election since the war had begun, thanked Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill by voting him out of office. I’ve wondered why. It seems so ungrateful and wrong. The British people loved Churchill. […]

How Will History Evaluate Ronald Reagan?

By Curtis K. Shelburne Never one to leave anything to chance, one of my heroes, Winston Churchill, once remarked, “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” And he did. I’m in the fourth volume of Churchills “The Second World War,” and getting inside Churchill’s head has been fascinating. As I […]