A new study suggests that moral religion only arises in societies that have hit a population of about 1 million people. What should we make of this claim, and does it prove that religion is just a social construct?
America is well outside the norm on abortion. Many people assume that Western Europe has equally-extreme abortion laws, but they don’t: they actually have a great deal more restriction, particularly later in pregnancy. But it’s in the interest of pro-choice activists that Americans don’t know this. When the Susan B. Anthony List pointed out that […]
Today's Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. But what does the word "Lent" mean, and what can we learn from it? In many languages, the term for this season means something like "The Fast" or "Fasting-Time." Not so with English.
In case the last post (on how to raise atheist kids) left you down, here's some more hopeful advice from Dr. Troy Hinkel on how to re-engage fallen away family members.
Want to turn your Catholic kids into atheists? Dr. Troy Hinkel offers this (un?)helpful guide for parents.
“And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard” (Gen. 4:4b-5). Why does God accept the sacrifice of Abel while rejecting the sacrifice of Cain? Is it God's arbitrary decision (as the Reformers suggested), or is there something deeper?
What's your temperament? Are you someone who reacts quickly to (positive or negative) things? Or do you take a bit longer to react? And when you do react, do these reactions endure, or do they pass away quickly? Broadly speaking, our natural dispositions (our "temperaments") tend to fall into one of four categories, and they can play a major role in our quest for holiness.
Making sense of one of the most horrific scenes of the Old Testament: Jephthah's sacrificial murder of his own daughter.
St. Paul tells his readers to “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Col. 3:16). It’s a reminder to live the life of a Christian in […]
Do you wish that you were better at sharing your faith? No matter how good your knowledge of the truth, no matter how airtight your logical arguments, it’s important to learn both (a) the spiritual framework of evangelization, and (b) how to have conversations in an effective and meaningful way that doesn’t just alienate the […]