Confessions of an Amateur Historian: Why When Seems Just as Important as What

© 2014 Robert OsburnI confess I’m a bit of an amateur historian.  It first dawned on me a few years ago when, for the umpteenth time, I asked a friendly storyteller when a certain event had happened.  In fact, I’ve been asking that question most of my life,...

Why Culture Cannot Be Coerced

The battle for Baghdad (which may or may not be underway by the time this blog is posted) is not only a human tragedy, but a painful reminder of how culture can never be coerced.  Because this is so, the thousands of American lives and $1 trillion invested there...

Cracks in the Ivory Tower

© 2014 Robert OsburnUpdated 4-11-2019.For at least a century, American colleges and universities have been identified with a monolithic secularism that vigorously pits academia against the church, and vice versa.  Why this is the case is brilliantly narrated by...

Commencement Speakers and the Death of Rationality

© 2014 Robert Osburn The 20 year-old film Reality Bites opens with a scene where the character played by Minnesota-born Winona Ryder is offering the conclusion to her college valedictory speech: “And the answer to it all is….”Her eyes grow wide.  Deafening...