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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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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Monday, 21 August 2017 16:00

Response to Natural Law Panelists

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Sunday, 20 August 2017 16:00

Can It Ever Be Bad to Be Sad?

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imageQuery: I want to understand what the sin of acedia is, and what the remedies for it are.  I would also welcome any reading suggestions.

 Reply: Acedia is one of the seven cardinal sins, which means that it is not only a sin, but a cause of other sins.  The term acediais usually...

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Sunday, 20 August 2017 16:00

Handling Issues of Conscience in the Academy

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 16:00

Procreation Does Not Mean Reproduction

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The two natural purposes of the sexual powers are the procreation of children and the union of the procreative partners.

People tend to get the first purpose wrong.  They call it reproduction.

No.  Reproduction merely means turning out new humans by one means or another.  If the...

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Sunday, 06 August 2017 16:00

God or the Enemy?

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I am deeply distressed about what I consider a leadership crisis in the Church.  My immediate problem, though, is that I constantly struggle to know whether my feelings of frustration and indignation stem from God, guiding me to keep the Faith, or from the Enemy, using my...

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 16:00

Maxim and Momentum

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A certain little man of my acquaintance found ants in the house.  He began to squish them.  Squish, squish, squish. You must understand that he is very small.

His grandmother said, “Don’t squish those ants.  You’ll make a mess.  I’ll take care...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 16:00

Let Every Soul Be Subject – to What?

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As I read Romans 13:1-7, God’s institution of human government is clear, but the apparent autonomy given to the authorities to judge what is right and what is wrong seems oddly detached from any kind of divine guidance.  So I am wondering if the Apostle Paul’s...

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 16:00

Reading Well

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I am a college sophomore who is curious to find good books to read.  I have not had an introduction in philosophy, but I do wish to begin to study the subject in the future.  I have had thoughts on becoming a Dominican Friar one day (perhaps if I can get Masters or Ph.D. in...

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I thought you might be able to use the Atlantic article “Making Babies, No Sex Necessary” your blog or classroom.  Henry Greely, director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford Law School, is making this easy for you as he gleefully steps into the natural...

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 16:00

Hear No Evil

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Everyone notices that the culture is drenched in sex.  What not many notice is that many of the people in the ocean are hypersensitive about reference to the water.

Although they are immersed in it, they can’t bear hearing it mentioned in certain ways.

I first noticed this in my...

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Sunday, 18 June 2017 16:00

Whistling Past the Graveyard

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I read your essay “Why the Natural Law Suggests a Divine Source,” in the anthology of Beckwith, George, and McWilliams, A Second Look at First ThingsYou seem to be making a kind of moral argument for the existence of god.  I don’t understand why you think...

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 16:00

The Islamic Crisis of Reason

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imageWael Farouq, a Muslim associated with American University in Cairo, presently teaching at the Catholic University of Milan, suggested recently that Islamic doctrine “must be purified of the interpretations that lead persons of the Muslim faith to embrace terrorism.”  He...

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Sunday, 04 June 2017 16:00

For Their Own Sakes?

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imageShould persons be loved for their own sakes?  Yes in one sense, no in another.  I should not love Sandra for the sake of what which is less than Sandra, for example, her cooking.  But I should love her for the sake of what is greater than she is, that is, God.  To love her...

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Sunday, 28 May 2017 16:00

Do the Moral Virtues "Know" Anything?

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Maybe you cover this in your new book on virtue, but I’m puzzled about how the virtues can “moderate” our desires.  For example, does the virtue of temperance somehow “know” what is moderate?  If not, then doesn’t everything really depend on...

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Sunday, 21 May 2017 16:00

Hihyer Eddicashun

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imageTrue story:  At a private liberal arts college, four out of 16 students are failing the freshman writing course.  The reasons:  Failure to turn in the assignments on time (sometimes not at all); failure to address instructor’s comments on essay drafts; failure to use a...

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Sunday, 14 May 2017 16:00

Just Published

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imageReaders of this blog know that I have been waiting for the publication of my new book, Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Virtue Ethics.  I am pleased to say that the book is available now both in print and electronic editions.   (My author copies have just arrived.)

If you...

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Sunday, 07 May 2017 16:00

The Sacrifice that Didn’t Happen

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imageOld Testament stories like the divine command to Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac present real difficulties, but the main difficulties are false ones. 

The greatest false difficulty is expressed in the question, “How could God have approved child sacrifice?”  He...

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Sunday, 30 April 2017 16:00

Police Theatre

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Ever seen video of protestors dragged off by police?  It may not be what you think – at least not in Berkeley, California.

When I read the item in the Wall Street Journal, I wondered whether it was a satire.  Nope.  You can check it out for yourself at the Event...

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