Faith and Culture: Articles

This is a big weekend for historic births and essential Americans. On this day in 1807, an American farm boy named Robert Fulton changed the world as thoroughly as the Wright Brothers would a century later by sailing, nay steaming his Clermont (aka North River) from Greenwich Village to Albany and back again. Bystanders were [...]

WORLD Magazine

WORLD magazine’s Saturday feature, August 2, 2014. There is a recurring, albeit ill-informed, question in Christian circles regarding Romans 13 (which counsels dutiful subordination to legally established authorities) and the American Revolution:  were the Founding Fathers in sin when they rebelled against King George?  Most recently, my son (a Harvard, Yale and Mayo Clinic doctor [...]


Auteur filmmaker Darren Aronofsky may well have produced his masterpiece in Noah, a cinematic and – astonishingly, for a self-proclaimed unbeliever – theological tour de force. But it’s not for everyone.  Definitely not.  As in, repeat after me three times:  “It’s an art film.  It’s an art film.  It’s an art film.”  And if your [...]

Catholic Online

by Deal Hudson WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) – After my column arguing that “cultural conservatism” should supplant social conservatism, the man whom I regard as the most important Catholic layman in the nation emailed to say, Agreed.the social speaks to institutions; the culture to norms and values. It’s the latter that molds the former. Another [...]

Our libertarian friends frequently take an “anything goes” approach to public morality, asserting that it is not the state’s business what an individual chooses to do, particularly so long as it does not directly infringe on someone else’s rights. I generally agree with this.  But America’s Founders did not seek to establish an “anything goes” [...]

This is my end-of-year review of the best books I read this year.  They weren’t all published in 2013 (though some were), nor are they everything I read in 2013; but I did read them in 2013 and hope you will read them in 2014. Moreover, I am leaving out the Bible, which is obviously [...]

But For One Good Teacher

by Rod D. Martin on 4 November 2013

It was 33 years and a couple of weeks ago, the air crisp in that first blush of “football weather.” Ozark’s Elgin B. Milton Elementary School, a sprawling one-story complex of mostly cinder block and metal construction with a touch of brick here and there, lots of windows, no air conditioning, and more than a [...]

The moon is full, reflecting tonight off the forest of skyscrapers which is Manhattan.  The second act of a quadrennial dance — the 2004 Republican National Convention — plays out across the street in Madison Square Garden.  And as the lights blare, the horns sound, the throngs pulsate in the night, I am struck by [...]


Every so often, someone decides that the world is too corrupt to reform.  And they start a political party. Sometimes this makes sense.  More often, though, it’s just foolishness, and bad stewardship to boot.  And for Christians today, that’s exactly where things stand. Third party advocates will sputter and fume at this.  They’ll talk about [...]

Let us start at the start: I am a Southerner. I am proud of my heritage. I am glad we celebrate Robert E. Lee’s birthday. As an attorney and a student of history, it is my professional opinion not only that states may secede, but that the Constitution would never have been ratified had it [...]

Protecting Our People

by Rod D. Martin on 1 November 2001

“We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union. . . provide for the common defense. . . and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” – Preamble to the United States Constitution “Q: [...]

As we finally enter the new millennium (yes, those parties last year were premature), it’s worth looking ahead a bit:  maybe not 1,000 years, but at least the next century.  And what a century it’s going to be. Now many things could surely go awry.  A British writer in my position a hundred years ago [...]

“Man without God is a beast, and never more beastly than when he is most intelligent about his beastliness.” – Whittaker Chambers “In a good society, politics is peripheral to much of the pulsing life of the society.” – George Will The return of Christians to America’s political life has been one of the most [...]