The Colson Files
"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.

Fighting Logicide


The Death of Language

This 1998 BreakPoint commentary reminds us why it is so important to guard the language we use.

It's time for a BreakPoint pop quiz. First question: What's the meaning of the word is? Second question: What does the word alone mean?

Well, most of us thought we knew what these words meant. After all, we use them every day. But the president's now much publicized recently taped testimony has caused a lot of people to question the common meaning of words. It's an indication that one dangerous effect of the Lewinsky scandal is not the everyday use of vulgar words, as bad as that is, but the vulgar misuse of everyday words.

The Mission of the Church


Christianity as a Worldview

Chuck reminds us why the Colson Center’s mission matters so much.

Today I want to tell you about a major new effort to renew the Church and transform the culture.

What is the vision of the Church? That was the sermon topic one Sunday a dozen years ago or so when I visited a friend’s church. But as I listened, I found my mind wandering. I had just signed a contract to write a book on Christian worldview, and I was experiencing writer’s remorse. Did this book really need to be written?

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