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, 21 April 2019 16:00

Western Rite

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On Easter morning, the children were going downstairs, ready to hunt for their Easter baskets before going to church.  They are well instructed in the liturgy.

Spontaneously, their father said “Alleluia!”

Their mother replied, “The...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 16:00

The Sexual Revolution in One Lesson

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If I twittered, this would be a tweet, because Jennifer Roback Morse has produced the best short definition of the sexual revolution that I have seen.  She accurately describes it as three interacting elements:  The separation of sex from babies, the separation of both of them from...

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Sunday, 14 April 2019 16:00

The Feminine Form of Misogyny

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The times are strange and getting stranger.  Not least of its ideological brutalities is that according to the fashion of the day, a certain form of contempt for women is called feminism.

For consider:  Men who despise women think that to be worthy of respect, one must be like a...

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Sunday, 14 April 2019 16:00

What Makes Men Men?

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Sunday, 07 April 2019 16:00

Burning Minds, Thoughtful Feelings

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Greetings from Jerusalem (yes – you also have readers from the holy land).

In many cases, people who tend to provide rational arguments are perceived by others as people who are “anti-feelings.”  I personally tend to talk to many people about all the big issues --...

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Recently an Iranian convert to Christianity appealed to the U.K. for religious asylum because he feared persecution.  The Home Office, which handles such cases, questioned his story by quoting several verses from Exodus, Leviticus, and Revelations.  “These examples,” he...

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Saturday, 23 March 2019 16:00

Reading an Empty Book

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image“It’s impossible to know anything about God.”  You would have to know a great deal about God in order to know that you couldn’t know anything about God (I mean anything about Him).  At the you would have to know either that He doesn’t exist,...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 16:00

Men Again

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imageLast month I posted a link to “What Makes Men Men?” delivered at the conference “Patriarchy:  Fatherhood and the Restoration of Culture.”  Here, slightly edited, is the text.

What Makes Men Men?

I am a little amused, because it may at first...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 16:00

Utrum or Ultrum?

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A mail from Sweden.  I recently read your excellent commentary to the Treatise on Law by St. Thomas.  A work of that kind was long overdue, and to my humble mind you made it brilliantly.  A small thing bugged me though:  I think the Latin word you render ultrum should...

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Sunday, 10 March 2019 16:00

Self-Ownership

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imageThe other day some young people argued to me that there is nothing wrong with sniffing glue.  The premises of their argument seemed to be that (1) each of us owns himself, and (2) owners may do whatever they want with their own property.  One student’s version of the argument...

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Friday, 08 March 2019 15:00

Visiting Oxford

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For all you audiophiles, the audiofiles of the talks at the colloquium on “Aquinas and the Development of Law,” which took place last week at Blackfriars, Oxford University, are already posted online.  The four talks were by Richard Conrad, O.P, Ryan D. Meade, Jonathan Price,...

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 15:00

The Sins of the Fathers (and Their Virtues)

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The First Commandment’s prohibition of worshipping false gods concludes with the warning that God “visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me.”  Notwithstanding the fact that Deuteronomy also declares...

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Annual Colloquium, “Aquinas and the Development of Law,” Aquinas Institute, Blackfriars, Oxford, March, 2019.

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Sunday, 24 February 2019 15:00

Musings

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imageIsn’t it curious that tattoos, piercings, and scarifications are considered cool, but circumcision is considered a barbaric mutilation?

I wonder why pundits describe certain politicians as ideology-free, since that’s not possible.  Everyone has some view of the world. ...

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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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Authors: jbudziszewski...

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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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Authors: jbudziszewski...

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