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, 17 February 2019 15:00

Making Good Laws, Then and Now

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imageTo make and evaluate laws, one must always consider the circumstances.  Viewing former ages from the perspective of our own narrow slice of time, it is easy to overlook this fact.  Consider, for example, the legal rule in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy that if a man seizes an...

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Sunday, 10 February 2019 15:00

No World, Just Word Games?

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I have been studying natural law for my master’s thesis, but so far I haven’t been able to see how to answer the following objection which has been thrown at me.  It runs like this.  Given the implications of...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 15:00

New Talk: Faith, Natural Law, and the Common Good

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imageIn October, a conference on “Christianity and the Common Good” was held at Harvard Law School.  My own talk at the conference, “Faith, Natural Law, and the Common Good,” is now available for viewing, and has been added to the Underground Thomist Talks Page. ...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 15:00

New Talk: Faith, Natural Law, and the Common Good

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In October, a conference on “Christianity and the Common Good” was held at Harvard Law School.  My own talk at the conference, “Faith, Natural Law, and the Common Good,” is now available for viewing, and has been added to the Underground Thomist Talks Page. ...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 15:00

Faith, Natural Law, and the Common Good

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Conference on “Christianity and the Common Good,” Thomistic Institute, held at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October, 2018.

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Sunday, 03 February 2019 15:00

All That Weirdness

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imageIn studying Old Testament law, I am repeatedly struck by the fact that often what seems weird and obsolescent is not only realistic but very up to date.  Deuteronomy commands the Hebrew people as follows:

“When you come into the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not...

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Sunday, 03 February 2019 15:00

All That Weirdness

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In studying Old Testament law, I am repeatedly struck by the fact that often what seems weird and obsolescent is not only realistic but very up to date.  Deuteronomy commands the Hebrew people as follows:

“When you come into the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not...

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Saturday, 02 February 2019 07:15

Faith, Natural Law, and the Common Good

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imageConference on “Christianity and the Common Good,” Thomistic Institute, held at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October, 2018.

Authors: jbudziszewski...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 15:00

New Talk: What Makes Men Men?

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imageGentle Readers:  I’m glad to say that you can now watch the video of my talk, “What Makes Men Men?”, as well as the videos of the other speakers’ talks at the October 2018 conference “Patriarchy: Fatherhood and the Restoration of Culture.”  I...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 15:00

New Talk: What Makes Men Men?

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Gentle Readers:  I’m glad to say that you can now watch the video of my talk, “What Makes Men Men?”, as well as the videos of the other speakers’ talks at the October 2018 conference “Patriarchy: Fatherhood and the Restoration of Culture.”  I...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 09:32

What Makes Men Men?

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Conference on “Patriarchy:  Fatherhood and the Restoration of Culture,” Fellowship of St. James, Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois, October, 2018

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 09:32

What Makes Men Men?

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Conference on “Patriarchy:  Fatherhood and the Restoration of Culture,” Fellowship of St. James, Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois, October, 2018

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 15:00

Beauty and – Other Things

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In the generation of Burke and Kant, people who thought about art were fascinated by the fact that beauty does not exhaust the range of aesthetic values.  Something is beautiful, they said, if it evokes admiration because of its grace of form and color, but it is sublime if it excites...

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 15:00

Beauty and – Other Things

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In the generation of Burke and Kant, people who thought about art were fascinated by the fact that beauty does not exhaust the range of aesthetic values.  Something is beautiful, they said, if it evokes admiration because of its grace of form and color, but it is sublime if it excites...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 15:00

Difficulties

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Your blog site seems to be having problems.  I am missing one of my better sources of sanity.

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Thanks for the heads-up.  I’m afraid various pages at the website will be intermittently unavailable until the difficulties are fixed.  In the meantime, if a...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 15:00

Difficulties

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Query:

Your blog site seems to be having problems.  I am missing one of my better sources of sanity.

 

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Thanks for the heads-up.  I’m afraid various pages at the website will be intermittently unavailable until the difficulties are fixed.  In the meantime, if a...

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 15:00

Are Souls Made of God-Stuff?

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Having seen the "Query" posts on your blog, I was hoping you might take one from me!  I have an unshakable sense that we are all endowed with immortal souls.  However, I’m puzzled.  Our souls are immortal in a future-facing direction, but are understood to have...

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 15:00

Are Souls Made of God-Stuff?

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Query:

Having seen the "Query" posts on your blog, I was hoping you might take one from me!  I have an unshakable sense that we are all endowed with immortal souls.  However, I’m puzzled.  Our souls are immortal in a future-facing direction, but are understood to have...

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Sunday, 13 January 2019 15:00

How to Be Full and Exact

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imageBacon, who was wrong about many things, spoke truly when he said, “Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.  And therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit; and if he...

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Sunday, 13 January 2019 15:00

How to Be Full and Exact

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Bacon, who was wrong about many things, spoke truly when he said, “Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.  And therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit; and if he...

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Sunday, 06 January 2019 15:00

Seduction and Consent

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Seduction is persuading someone to commit a moral wrong which the person might not otherwise have committed by manipulating the person’s own motives.  Its particular brand of loathsomeness is that it draws the victim into the seducer’s guilt.

To be perfectly clear about which...

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Monday, 31 December 2018 15:00

Resolution

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Just finished What We Can’t Not KnowDitto on all of it.  I’m principally a documentary filmmaker, and I include elements of natural law in my Story Workshops.  To connect with audiences, a store’s fictional characters must experience...

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Sunday, 30 December 2018 15:00

“Mere” Christianity – Which One?

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imageThe noble intention of C.S. Lewis’s famous book Mere Christianity was to defend not this sect or that sect, but rather those teachings which had been held by almost all Christians in almost all times and places.

Though Lewis himself proceeded differently, the idea itself goes back to a...

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 15:00

The Beautiful Conversion

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image“This is our present Festival; it is this which we are celebrating today, the Coming of God to Man, that we might go forth, or rather (for this is the more proper expression) that we might go back to God -- that putting off of the old man, we might put on the new; and that as we died in...

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Sunday, 16 December 2018 15:00

The Turning of the Gyre

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imageOne of the ministers at an Episcopal church I attended in the ‘eighties confessed to the congregation in a homily, of all things, that he could was “no longer able” to believe in the Resurrection.  I have mentioned this before, but I keep coming back to it about it over...

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