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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Saturday, 08 December 2018 15:00

Why I Can’t Talk about Integralism

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Query:

What do you think of the Catholic movement called integralism?

 

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You won’t like this, because if you frame the question that way, I can’t answer it.

Integralism is supposed to be an opinion concerning the proper role of the Church vis-à-visthe state. ...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 15:00

Slaves and Masters

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Currently, I am preaching through Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.  I find myself at the tail end of the “household code” in chapters 5 and 6, which teaches the duties of husbands and wives, children and parents, and slaves and masters.  I have arrived at...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 15:00

Why Calls for Free Speech Get So Little Traction

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According to the so-called harm principle, most actions that cause no harm to others should be permitted by law.  This may be true, if we don’t take it as a definition of morality.  But even if it is only about the law, it...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 15:00

Why Calls for Free Speech Get So Little Traction

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See the website maintenance notice at the end of this post!

According to the so-called harm principle, most actions that cause no harm to others should be permitted by law.  This may be true, if we don’t take it as a definition of morality.  But even if it is only about the law, it...

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 15:00

Doing What I Like

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 Query:

Some time ago, I debated my brother on the issue of reason.  He argued that reason is not important.  All that matters is that I do the things that I like and that I get good results, no matter the method.  How do I even engage with people who deny the point of reason?

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 15:00

Doing What I Like

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Query:

Some time ago, I debated my brother on the issue of reason.  He argued that reason is not important.  All that matters is that I do the things that I like and that I get good results, no matter the method.  How do I even engage with people who deny the point of reason?

Rela...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 15:00

Environmental Non Sequiturs

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For an old style car, first you refine hydrocarbons – say, oil.  Then you transport the resulting gasoline into the car’s fuel tank.  Then you burn it to make the car go.

For an electric car, first you refine that oil.  Then you burn it in a power plant to make...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 15:00

Environmental Non Sequiturs

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For an old style car, first you refine hydrocarbons – say, oil.  Then you transport the resulting gasoline into the car’s fuel tank.  Then you burn it to make the car go.

For an electric car, first you refine that oil.  Then you burn it in a power plant to make...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 15:00

Character May Be Destiny, Personality Isn’t

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imageThough never nurtured in the lap of luxury, yet I admonish you,I am an intellectual chap, and think of things that would astonish you.I often think it's comical ... how Nature always does contrive ...That every boy and every gal that’s born into the world aliveIs either a little Liberal...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 15:00

Character May Be Destiny, Personality Isn’t

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Though never nurtured in the lap of luxury, yet I admonish you,I am an intellectual chap, and think of things that would astonish you.I often think it's comical ... how Nature always does contrive ...That every boy and every gal that’s born into the world aliveIs either a little Liberal...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 16:00

Monday, 10-29-2018: Good Sins?

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imageIn the name of mercy, some recent theologians have suggested that there are elements of good in some objectively wrong acts and relationships.  For example, friendship is good, and there certainly is an element of friendship in an illicit sexual relationship.

Or for that matter in the...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 16:00

Monday, 10-29-2018: Good Sins?

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In the name of mercy, some recent theologians have suggested that there are elements of good in some objectively wrong acts and relationships.  For example, friendship is good, and there certainly is an element of friendship in an illicit sexual relationship.

Or for that matter in the...

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 16:00

Knowing the Law

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imageNow and then I realize how much of my writing results from trying to make up for having answered someone’s good question badly.

Thomas Aquinas spends a good deal of time in the Summadiscussing whether the detailed precepts of the Old Testament law are all the same kind of thing, or...

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 16:00

Knowing the Law

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Now and then I realize how much of my writing results from trying to make up for having answered someone’s good question badly.

Thomas Aquinas spends a good deal of time in the Summadiscussing whether the detailed precepts of the Old Testament law are all the same kind of thing, or...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 16:00

The Good Old Days?

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When people say that the standard of virtue is declining, it is considered shrewd and knowing to reply “Every age thinks it was better in the old days.”

Perhaps every age does think it was better in the old days.  But morally speaking, some ages really have been better, and...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 16:00

The Good Old Days?

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When people say that the standard of virtue is declining, it is considered shrewd and knowing to reply “Every age thinks it was better in the old days.”

Perhaps every age does think it was better in the old days.  But morally speaking, some ages really have been better, and...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 16:00

Song of the Thomists

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(To the tune of “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter,” here sung by Fats Waller.

I'm gonna sit right down and write a good objection

And then show why it can't be true

I’m gonna fill it up with smarts

It’s gonna fly right off the charts

A lot of...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 16:00

Song of the Thomists

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(To the tune of “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter,”here sung by Fats Waller.

I'm gonna sit right down and write a good objection

And then show why it can't be true

I’m gonna fill it up with smarts

It’s gonna fly right off the charts

A lot of...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 16:00

Magnetized

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imageWe are not just knowers, but seekers, who spontaneously incline toward certain realities other than ourselves.

When I say that this attraction is spontaneous, I do not mean that it is arbitrary, because that is not the way that we experience it.  One way of saying this is that we do not...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 16:00

Magnetized

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We are not just knowers, but seekers, who spontaneously incline toward certain realities other than ourselves.

When I say that this attraction is spontaneous, I do not mean that it is arbitrary, because that is not the way that we experience it.  One way of saying this is that we do not...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 16:00

First Transpecies Surgery

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imageSURGEONS CONVERT MAN INTO JELLYFISHProves there is no natural law, scientists say

AUSTIN (CMM) -- In a 14-hour surgical marathon, doctors at Seton Hospital turned Austin man Clinton Confuso into a jellyfish.  Surgeons took 14 hours to remove most of his vital organs, including his brain...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 16:00

First Transpecies Surgery

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SURGEONS CONVERT MAN INTO JELLYFISHProves there is no natural law, scientists say

AUSTIN (CMM) -- In a 14-hour surgical marathon, doctors at Seton Hospital turned Austin man Clinton Confuso into a jellyfish.  Surgeons took 14 hours to remove most of his vital organs, including his brain...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 16:00

Which Is Worse?

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St. Augustine seems to have allowed for prostitution on the grounds that the evil that would arise from stamping it out would exceed the evil of letting it be with restrictions.

We live in a polity that has already accepted homosexual acts and even homosexual "marriage".  Should we...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 16:00

Which Is Worse?

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Query:

St. Augustine seems to have allowed for prostitution on the grounds that the evil that would arise from stamping it out would exceed the evil of letting it be with restrictions.

We live in a polity that has already accepted homosexual acts and even homosexual "marriage".  Should we...

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 16:00

Global Cooling

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Portent of Global Cooling, Scientists Warn

AUSTIN, TEXAS (CMM) – An unexpected summer cold snap shocked the Texas capital yesterday as the mercury plunged to minus 17,966° F.

Nicholas Huffenpuff, director of development for the Climate...

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