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, 14 January 2018 15:00

Doubleplusgood Ducktalkers

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In the Year of Our Lord nineteen-seventy, I graduated from high school and matriculated in paradise.

Or so it seemed for a while, because every second person at my university fancied himself a socialist, just like me.

Maybe not just like me.  It was confusing, because there seemed to be so...

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Sunday, 07 January 2018 15:00

Would Dropping This Class Be Faithless?

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I'm a Christian at a community college in Michigan.  When I registered for classes I thought I'd like the "Bible as Literature" course, but it didn't work out the way I expected.  From the rude things the teacher has said, I think he must be an atheist.

The teacher made it a...

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Sunday, 31 December 2017 15:00

Comfort for the New Year

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Though in early adulthood I suffered strongly from acedia, the “oppressive sorrow which so weighs upon man’s mind that he wants to do nothing,” today I am almost always cheerful.  This cheerfulness, a product of faith and hope, is not native to my temperament, since I...

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Sunday, 24 December 2017 15:00

Would We Have Known Him at His Birth?

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 “We are very apt to wish we had been born in the days of Christ, and in this way we excuse our misconduct, when conscience reproaches us.  We say, that had we had the advantage of being with Christ, we should have had stronger motives, stronger restraints against sin.

“I...

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 15:00

The Last Days of the Republic: A Screenplay

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It sounds like an idea for a motion picture, doesn’t it?  A historical melodrama.  You could call it The Last Days of the Republic.

By the end of the twentieth century, it was already routine for federal agencies to implement their own agendas, irrespective of the instructions...

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Sunday, 10 December 2017 15:00

Trying to Shame the Shameless

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imageSexual harassment is a filthy offense.  However, it is impossible to restrain unless we acknowledge a standard of sexual morality.

To avoid conceding any such thing, workplaces have taken to defining sexual harassment as unwanted sexual attention toward another person.  In other...

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Sunday, 03 December 2017 15:00

Dangerous Truths

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Some thinkers who believe in natural law are uneasy with the language of natural rights.  The rea­sons for this disquiet are understandable.  Why?  Because however firmly rights may be grounded in what is objectively just, grammatically speaking my rights seemto be...

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Sunday, 26 November 2017 15:00

Revelation – Says Who?

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imageA student in one of my classes insisted one day that when Thomas Aquinas spoke of Divine law, he means “one’s own Divine law”:  Torah for Jews, the Gospel for Christians, Shari’a for Muslims, Thelema for Wiccans, Sheilaism for Sheila, whatever it may be.  She...

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 15:00

Elasticity

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According to the natural law tradition, one of the conditions of a true law is that it be promulgated or made known.  There is no such thing as a secret law.  However, there are many ways in which a so-called law may fall short of being authentically promulgated.  The most...

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 15:00

So Called Evolutionary Ethics

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imageA movement sometimes styled “evolutionary ethics” or “evolutionary psychology” takes as its goal the provision of a naturalistic basis for moral judgments.  This new naturalist fashion comes in several overlapping varieties.  Let us consider the two...

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Friday, 10 November 2017 15:00

Natural Law and the Revenge of Conscience

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Acton Institute lecture, Grand Rapids, Michigan, November, 2017

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 15:00

Two Ways to Take Human Nature Seriously

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In ethics, there are two ways to take human nature seriously.  The first is to regard nature as the design of a supernatural intelligence; you take it seriously because you take God seriously.  The other is to regard nature (in a physical or material sense) as the reason for all...

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Sunday, 29 October 2017 16:00

Are Libertines Libertarians?

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I enjoyed your recent blog post on good libertarianism, as opposed to the sort of libertarianism which sees liberties as indeterminate so that its advocates can do as they please.

However, I wonder why you accept the term "libertarianism" for the licentious version.  Is it simply a...

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Sunday, 22 October 2017 16:00

Beloved Infidel

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A few days ago I had a call from my brother.  When I told him that my studies in seminary were going well, he was moved to tell me he had lost his faith and had been an apostate for years.

This was devastating to hear.  Even after admitting his apostasy he still tried to praise...

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Sunday, 15 October 2017 16:00

The Branding of John Stuart Mill

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:00

The Healing of Broken ... Links

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Recently I discovered that three of the links to videos of my talks were broken.  I've set the fractured bones, and the three convalescents are as follows.  If you discover any other broken links at this website, dear reader, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Why Is There Sex?

Annual Conference of...

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 16:00

The Good Libertarian

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In my recent post “How Not to Have Clean Hands,” I criticized libertarians who pretend that they take no ethical position about what to do.  Someone unfamiliar with what I’ve previously written about libertarianism might mistakenly conclude that I think all libertarians...

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Sunday, 01 October 2017 16:00

On Not Tolerating Tolerance

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I'm an economist and follower of Natural Law idea.  What do you think about Thomas Mann's statement that "tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil"?

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Good question.  The statement is made by a character in one of Mann’s novels, but let’s leave aside...

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 16:00

How Not to Have Clean Hands

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My ethics class was assigned to read a section of one of your books about formal and informal logical fallacies.  I consulted my teacher for clarification of a statement you made after explaining appeal to the excluded middle:  "Unfortunately, entire political and ethical...

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:00

The Problem with Liberalism – And Conservatism

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First Things Lecture, co-sponsored by the Austin Institute, Austin, Texas, April, 2017

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 16:00

The Academic Witness

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imageI’ve given short and long versions of this talk over the years, most recently by invitation to a group of Christian scholars at another school in 2013.  Perhaps it will not be out of place in this blog.

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In his letter to the Colossians, St. Paul says that whatever we do, we...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 16:00

The Empire of Mood over Mind

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imageLast Monday’s post suggested that neutralism and agnosticism are merely poses.  Although their proponents claim not to believe anything either way concerning God, actually they suppose that it does not matter and cannot be knownwhether there is a God.  This supposes plenty...

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Sunday, 03 September 2017 16:00

The New Confessional State

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The Liberal state is not neutralabout religion, because of some commitment to reason.  In fact it is actively opposedto the practice of reason concerning religion.

Consider the public schools.  Not teaching divine revelation in them is one thing; even Christianity grants that faith...

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Sunday, 27 August 2017 16:00

Consistency

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I don’t think much of tearing down statues, defacing monuments, or trying to pretend history didn’t happen.  I agree with James V. Schall, S.J., about the need for humility and forgiveness, and even in the case of most odious historical figures, I would much rather supply...

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 16:00

Reset

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For those who like to keep up, the following items have been added to the Read Articles page:

Response to the Natural Law Panelists”:  My response, with links to the papers of the other contributors, in a symposium on my work on natural law, published in Catholic Social...

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