The Colson Files

They Just Don't Get It

The War over Family Values


This 1992 BreakPoint commentary demonstrates just how far we have drifted in a few short years from values anchored in the Word of God.

The Murphy Brown episode has come back to haunt us again. At the Emmy awards, the creator of the sitcom hailed single parents and urged them, "Don't let anyone tell you you're not a family."

Why has family values become such a disputed topic? Why was the media so quick to jump on a single line in a single speech by Dan Quayle?

He Has Spoken


The Power of the Word of God

In this BreakPoint commentary from 2008, Chuck introduces his last book, The Faith, and explains why the Bible matters so much.

It is one of the great stories of the Christian Church. In Scillium, North Africa—A.D. 180—a runner brought the message that soldiers were on their way. A Christian silversmith named Speratus, about to be arrested, had a decision to make: Should he take the Church’s sacred scrolls with him to jail? Or would they be safer in hiding?

"There Are No Moral Absolutes"


Civics 101

In this BreakPoint commentary from 1998, Chuck reminds us of one of the real goals of the secular worldview.

This week Americans have received an unintended civics lesson, courtesy of our secular elites.

First came the story of how the Southern Baptists had decided to amend their statement of faith to say that wives should "submit graciously to the servant leadership" of their husbands. Of course, that's taken straight from Scripture. But the news media responded like sharks who smell blood. They attacked the Baptists viciously, calling them unenlightened and ignorant.

How the West Was Christianized


Learning from the Middle Ages

First published in 1999, this BreakPoint commentary reminds us that we have much to learn from our forebears in the faith.

Ten years ago I wrote a book called Against the Night, drawing a parallel between our own day and the sack of Rome by barbarians in ancient times—and warning that the modern barbarians are already at the gates.

An Unexpected Totalitarianism


The Tyranny of Tolerance

In this 2010 BreakPoint commentary, Chuck warned about the growing problem of “tolerance.”

Is it possible that America could lapse into totalitarianism? Well, it’s not impossible, and I’ll tell you why not.

My wife Patty was reading a book about Chinese history and the rise of the Chinese nationalists under Chiang Kai-Shek. You may remember that the U.S. supported Chiang Kai-Shek during and after World War II. Unfortunately, Chiang was, well, a tyrant. This helped explain why Mao and his communists were able to win the support of the Chinese people.

So Chiang’s fascist tyranny was replaced by an even more virulent communist tyranny.

When Patty put the book down, she asked me a great question: Is totalitarianism the same as communism or fascism?

Dreams of Ottumwa


How to Save the Supreme Court

Perhaps it’s time to revisit Chuck’s radical idea – first aired in 1996 – for fixing the Supreme Court.

After nearly 40 years in Washington, I've noticed that two things happen to people who move here: First, their sinuses are shot. And second, even the most sensible people lose touch with the real world. They begin taking their cues from the so-called thoughtful part of the nation--that is, the elites who live inside the Beltway.

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