But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 16:00

The Ironic Pose

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The philosopher Thomas Nagel’s famous article, “The Absurd,” concludes, “If sub specie aeternitatisthere is no reason to believe that anything matters, then that doesn’t matter either, and we can approach our absurd lives with irony instead of heroism or...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 16:00

A Gender Studies Hoax

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image Satire is a wonderful tool, but what do you do with something like gender studies?  Its craziness accelerates so rapidly that by the time the satire is published, reality has outpaced it.

These folks have figured it out:  Get it to satirize itself.

Their article is titled “The...

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Sunday, 05 August 2018 16:00

Too Much Virtue Signaling, Not Enough Virtue

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Last week on the Opinion page of the Wall Street Journal– a newspaper I began reading during my socialist days to keep track of what the capitalists were thinking – I ran across an article by one of my favorite essayists, Joseph Epstein.

Epstein argued that one of the problems of...

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Sunday, 29 July 2018 16:00

Consider the Audience

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I sometimes have my students read excerpts from Warren Hern, who defines pregnancy as an illness which may be treated by the evacuation of the uterine contents, or from Alberto Giublini and Francesca Minerva, who defend infanticide by maintaining that it is merely after-birth abortion.&...

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Sunday, 22 July 2018 16:00

Does Faith Make Reason Less Reasonable?

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God created human reason; one should reject Christian faith if it makes reason less reasonable.  But what if it makes reason more reasonable?  Could that be so?  It is the claim of Christian faith that it is so – that faith does not contract reason, but expands it. ...

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Sunday, 15 July 2018 16:00

Can Justice and Mercy Embrace?

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“Love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss,” says the psalmist.  But mercy might involve remission of punishment.  Doesn’t that violate justice, which means giving each person what is due to him, honor for good, penalty for evil?

No, justice...

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I wasn’t planning to post today, but my eye was caught by the news headline, “There’s a New No. 1 In Presidential Rankings.”  Based on a new Pew Research Center study, the article breathlessly reports that Mr. Obama is now more popular than any other recent...

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:00

More New Stuff: A Talk on Marriage

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Yes, yes, I know I posted a lot of talk and audio links yesterday, but I’ve got a new one. 

The talk is “Thomas Aquinas on Marriage, Fruitfulness, and Faithful Love,” and here it is.  I’ve posted a link at the Listen to Talkspage too.

Months ago, videos of all...

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Humanae Vitae 50th Anniversary Academic Symposium, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., April 2018

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 16:00

Interview: Sex, Politics, and Natural Law

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Interview with Ratio Christi, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, February, 2018 -- Audio Only

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 16:00

New Stuff

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This is just to let all you video and podcast lovers out there that several new items have been added to my Listen to Talks page.

I had already added the video of “What Do We Really Know About Right and Wrong?”, given at a Veritas Forum this April at Texas A&M University, but...

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Veritas Forum, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, October, 2003

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Veritas Forum Lecture, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, February, 2018 -- Audio Only

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I’m pleased to say that the video of my Veritas Forum talk at Texas A&M University is now online.  The title is “What Do We ReallyKnow about Right and Wrong?”  It’s about the dictatorship of relativism.

By the way, although you can reach the talk by...

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 16:00

Listen to Talks

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I apologize that so many of these items show pictures of my ugly face.  It's hard to capture any other images from most talk videos.

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 16:00

What Do We REALLY Know about Right and Wrong?

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Veritas Forum, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, February, 2018

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Sunday, 24 June 2018 16:00

Good and Bad Discontent

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There are two kinds of discontent.  If we endlessly desire material things, even though we have enough, this is intemperance.  But if we endlessly desire God, for whom we were made, of whom we cannot have enough until the life to come, this is hope.

Oddly, some people confuse these...

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I'm a young Finnish man studying for a graduate degree in Philosophy, among other things.  First of all I want to thank you for your work, from which I have profited considerably.  I refer both to your work as a researcher and as a blogger -- in them I've found a source of...

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 16:00

Website Pollution

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This is a between-posts-post.  Websites get viruses too, so I’ve just updated my security.  Though I have never received any complaints, please let me know if you do run into anything fishy (for example a link which takes you someplace where no decent person would want to go).

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 10:52

“We Consider Ourselves Married”

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Sunday, 03 June 2018 16:00

On Trying to Be Good Without God

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The mainstream of the classical tradition links the reality of the natural law with the reality of God.  Thomas Aquinas, for example, says that just as the authority of good human laws depends on the natural law, so the authority of natural law comes from the Eternal Law – from the...

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Sunday, 27 May 2018 16:00

Reading the Omens

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I hadn’t seen your important point about the woman being at a disadvantage in cohabitation made before in quite the way you did in your post “Cohabitation Is Not Marriage Prep.”  A personal anecdote:

In January I attended the wedding of a distant...

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Saturday, 19 May 2018 16:00

Polarized

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Never underestimate the brutal power of desperation, on either the right or the left.

Early in the previous presidential administration, a young man showed up during my office hours to tell me his strategy for overcoming the other side in the culture wars.  He wasn’t one of my...

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 16:00

Father Frog

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Curiously, many people today think that God pays attention only to big things that affect everyone at once.

I guess this means He keeps the galaxies in their orbits, but doesn’t listen to the prayers of Aunt Lucy.

If we claim God as Father, shall we not at least be consistent?

For to say...

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Sunday, 06 May 2018 16:00

Must All Men Fight in War?

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I have a question about the role of men in society, particularly in the case of a hypothetical war. While I believe that we, as men, do have a role to play in society (protectors of our family would probably be just one easy guess), my understanding of our role in society is still a...

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