Most everyone has at least heard of the “Scopes Monkey Trial,” the famous 1925 courtroom trial in Dayton, Tennessee that saw the state accusing public high school teacher John Scopes of breaking the law by teaching evolution. The defense’s legal team was led by famed Chicago lawyer Clarence Darrow, and the prosecution’s side featured former … Continue reading Was the “Scopes Monkey Trial” another Salem Witch Hunt?
The odds of knowing a driver in any car I run by in Wheaton is about 1 in 100 Continue reading “Let’s go, buddy, pick up the pace!”
The dropped-third-strike is from a bygone era, an expression from a largely dormant segment of American baseball’s DNA. Yet, it still echoes the childish chaos and fun that we all remember and feel as that major league catcher scrambles around for the third strike in the dirt… Continue reading The Moral Basis of the ‘Dropped Third Strike’ Rule
One of the more pivotal battles of the American Revolutionary War, the battle of King’s Mountain in South Carolina, was fought in 1780 by over 2,000 men. Thomas Jefferson called the Patriots’ victory at King’s Mountain “the turn of the tide of success”, and Theodore Roosevelt later said “this brilliant victory marked the turning point … Continue reading America’s First Civil War
It’s the seventh time that Good Friday has fallen on April 14 since Pres. Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theater on Good Friday, April 14, 1865. General Robert E. Lee had just surrendered his army to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia on Palm Sunday, five days earlier. Lincoln and his … Continue reading It’s April 14th and Good Friday, the day Lincoln was shot
For a long time it has boggled my mind how when I sit down to play a game of chess, that particular game will inevitably end up being a completely unique game that has never been played before in human history. After all, it is a fairly defined and limited game: 16 pieces for each … Continue reading How many possible chess (and Scrabble) games are there? (Part 3)
The definitions of harder words from David Bentley Hart’s systematic theology book “The Beauty of the Infinite” Continue reading The David Bentley Hart vocabulary builder–words from “The Beauty of the Infinite”