Illiterates. Our Future

Two new reports about college freshman indicate that 50% of them can’t read at a college level, and 25% of them are spending their time reading entertainment weeklies like US, as one said, so they can dress like Paris Hilton. . (Art by Tim Brinton).

History is replete with evidence of societies eroding from within; our free society proves we can do so voluntarily. We are reaching the situation described by the great Italian novelist, Alberto Moravia, who once remarked in dismay that in these times even the illiterates read and write. Think about it. These illiterates will enter the workforce, vote and are counted in the figures that make ours the most religiously observant nation on the planet.

Today’s religious leaders are focusing on a culture war which they believe will be won through political means, I am more concerned about the faulty spiritual, intellectual and aesthetic foundations on which such movements are trying to build.

I am in the process of drafting a five-year plan for our little Center for Faith and Culture and it seems clear to me that contributing to an intellectual, spiritual and artistic Renaissance has got to be at the heart of what we do.

In these waning August days of summer let me mention that CFC is totally reliant on your tax-deductible contributions and our coffers are really dry right now. Would you consider helping us with a donation at this time? This web site is supported solely by tax-deductible donations. Please mail your generous contribution to: The Center for Faith and Culture, PO Box 77385, Seattle, Washington 98177

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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