The New York Times has a fascinating report on infant morality (not mortality, mind you). The author is a child psychologist/researcher at Yale. Here’s a few of the highpoints. The piece begins with an interesting anecdote: Not long ago, a team of researchers watched a 1-year-old boy take justice into his own hands. The boy […]
A commenter, enowning, responded to my previous post by noting: It’s somewhat surprising to find Heidegger called a Modernist since the usual aspersion cast his way is postmodenrnist. You should add some balance and explain what Catholic theologians like Karl Rahner and Joseph Ratzinger found in Heidegger. They are respected and widely read, whereas no […]
Sunday, the Gospel for Year C* was the famous account of Jesus and the adulteress from John 8:1-11: Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them. Then the scribes […]
The controversy over the upcoming Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad has been incredible. I. The AdThe exact content of the ad is still secret, but pretty widely understood to be the story of Tim Tebow’s own birth in 1987, probably told by his mother, Pam. Fox explains: When [Pam] Tebow suffered from a dangerous infection […]
…apparently, I’m not the only one appalled by the media’s coverage of the March for Life.
We live in a culture which has lost sight of the goodness of retributive punishment, and the whole thing seems suspicious. But I think that we’re still aware of this truth in some way, deepy down. There’s a famous law hypothetical: a man robs and rapes a woman. In the week before he’s arrested, a […]
…Reap the crop of infanticide. A woman murdered her newborn baby, but because the umbilical cord was still attached, it was just a postnatal abortion. She won’t be charged. This is that nightmare scenario pro-lifers have been warning about, where legal abortion leaves the womb.
John Armstrong has a good primer on the great G.K. Chesterton, easily one of the finest Catholic writers of the 20th Century. One of the commenters made reference to an essay Chesterton had written on American morals from 1929. It is called, incidentally, “On American Morals,” and it’s delightful: America is sometimes offered to us, […]
I’ve mentioned before how poorly written and thought out I find Sam Harris’ anti-religious screed The End of Faith. Previously, I showed how his book begins with a premise that he admitted to be false in the endnotes: the idea that most suicide bombings occur because of religion generally, and Islam specifically. In fact, most […]
I. What Relativism IsMoral relativism is an outgrowth of a broader family of relativistic ideas. A number of philosophers, particularly in the 20th century, argued that all of reality was perspectival: that things appeared as they do to us because of our culture, our language, and the various other components which constitute our viewpoint. In […]