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 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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Friday, 31 August 2018 16:00

Conference on Fatherhood

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imageFatherhood is taking it in the chops these days, and fanatics use the term “patriarchy” as a synonym for oppression.  Against all that is this:

Thursday 11 October – Saturday 13 October
Trinity International...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 16:00

Varieties of Shame

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Shame is not the same as guilt – or perhaps it would be better to say that there are several kinds of shame.

To hide one’s sins from others really is the shame of guilt.  But to practice modesty is the shame of innocence.

Even as to the shame of guilt, a distinction must be...

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Saturday, 25 August 2018 16:00

It Seems Like Straw

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I am a Chinese scholar.  It is said that Thomas Aquinas gave up his research on rational theology before his death and confessed his research is nonsense and it means he retrogressed to Tertullian standpoint (embracing credo quia absurdum).  Is this true?

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Good...

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Friday, 24 August 2018 16:00

Then Are All Good Men Good Statesmen?

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I read your argument that a bad man cannot be a good statesman – a theme I always enjoy bringing up when I teach.  There are interesting dilemmas, however.  I was not old enough to vote in 1972, but even knowing then what I know now, I do not believe a vote for McGovern...

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 16:00

Bad Men, Revisited

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I thought of your views today when I read today’s Town Hall column by Walter Williams, “Bad Men, Good Presidents.”

There have been many times in the past two years that I have wished that I could chat with you about the connection between moral character and political...

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 16:00

Bad Men, Revisited

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Query:

I thought of your views today when I read today’s Town Hall column by Walter Williams, “Bad Men, Good Presidents.”

There have been many times in the past two years that I have wished that I could chat with you about the connection between moral character and political...

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Sunday, 19 August 2018 16:00

Pravda

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imageThose who hold the views dominant among university faculty often mock those who comment -- well, on the fact that their views are dominant among university faculty.  Recently I came across the statement that when persons like me complain about the overwhelming prevalence of secular...

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 16:00

The Ironic Pose

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The philosopher Thomas Nagel’s famous article, “The Absurd,” concludes, “If sub specie aeternitatisthere is no reason to believe that anything matters, then that doesn’t matter either, and we can approach our absurd lives with irony instead of heroism or...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 16:00

A Gender Studies Hoax

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These folks have figured it out:  Get it to satirize itself.

Their article is titled “The...

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Sunday, 05 August 2018 16:00

Too Much Virtue Signaling, Not Enough Virtue

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Last week on the Opinion page of the Wall Street Journal– a newspaper I began reading during my socialist days to keep track of what the capitalists were thinking – I ran across an article by one of my favorite essayists, Joseph Epstein.

Epstein argued that one of the problems of...

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Sunday, 29 July 2018 16:00

Consider the Audience

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I sometimes have my students read excerpts from Warren Hern, who defines pregnancy as an illness which may be treated by the evacuation of the uterine contents, or from Alberto Giublini and Francesca Minerva, who defend infanticide by maintaining that it is merely after-birth abortion.&...

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Sunday, 22 July 2018 16:00

Does Faith Make Reason Less Reasonable?

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God created human reason; one should reject Christian faith if it makes reason less reasonable.  But what if it makes reason more reasonable?  Could that be so?  It is the claim of Christian faith that it is so – that faith does not contract reason, but expands it. ...

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Sunday, 15 July 2018 16:00

Can Justice and Mercy Embrace?

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“Love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss,” says the psalmist.  But mercy might involve remission of punishment.  Doesn’t that violate justice, which means giving each person what is due to him, honor for good, penalty for evil?

No, justice...

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I wasn’t planning to post today, but my eye was caught by the news headline, “There’s a New No. 1 In Presidential Rankings.”  Based on a new Pew Research Center study, the article breathlessly reports that Mr. Obama is now more popular than any other recent...

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:00

More New Stuff: A Talk on Marriage

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Yes, yes, I know I posted a lot of talk and audio links yesterday, but I’ve got a new one. 

The talk is “Thomas Aquinas on Marriage, Fruitfulness, and Faithful Love,” and here it is.  I’ve posted a link at the Listen to Talkspage too.

Months ago, videos of all...

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Humanae Vitae 50th Anniversary Academic Symposium, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., April 2018

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 16:00

Interview: Sex, Politics, and Natural Law

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Interview with Ratio Christi, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, February, 2018 -- Audio Only

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 16:00

New Stuff

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This is just to let all you video and podcast lovers out there that several new items have been added to my Listen to Talks page.

I had already added the video of “What Do We Really Know About Right and Wrong?”, given at a Veritas Forum this April at Texas A&M University, but...

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Veritas Forum, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, October, 2003

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