by on March 14th, 2014

The struggle against Catholicism in today’s culture is not particularly about religion. It is a revolt against reason and reality. Many have internalized such resentment that they are unable to see truth.

by on September 27th, 2013

We can only define ourselves authentically in terms of, in Charles Taylor’s words, a “backdrop of things that matter”—a set of values that transcend our arbitrary choices. The second of a two-part series.

by on September 26th, 2013

Our current jargon of “authenticity” is an affront to political friendship—it demands that others always capitulate to our claims, and makes not doing so tantamount to harm. The first of a two-part series.

by on February 28th, 2013

A recent claim to reject the natural law for its uselessness and false claims to neutrality misunderstands the first-personal perspective of contemporary natural law. The second in a two-part series.

by on February 27th, 2013

A recent claim to reject the natural law risks misunderstanding the role of reason and overlooks the difference between practical reasoning and morality. The first in a two-part series.

by on November 27th, 2012

In their book What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense, Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George draw our attention to the question that matters most in the marriage debate—what marriage is—and make a reasonable and compassionate argument for marriage as a one-man one-woman union.

by on November 7th, 2012

Naïve proponents and skeptics of the natural law often point to the world “out there” as the source of objective truth (or lack thereof), but the truths of the natural law are to be found through the actions of our intellect.

by on August 2nd, 2012

It’s far too easy when bickering about this or that policy, and particularly when the policy is morally charged, to miss the values modeled by good men and women when we disagree on the means.

by on April 18th, 2012

One can neither deny nor question the natural law’s persuasiveness except by asking questions, conducting inquiries, achieving understandings, reaching judgments, and making choices—all of which are the natural law at work.

by on March 9th, 2012

Unless we ask the “what” and “why” in ethical debate, we aren’t doing ethics. Debating ethics requires intellectual conversion and thus a commitment to intelligible reality.

by on November 16th, 2011

In order to stop our present decline, we must transcend our natural tendency to retreat into factions and instead begin to sacrifice for the common good.

by on June 20th, 2011

To take offense does not free us from further argument or criticism. Instead, offense demands ongoing criticism between partners in ethical discourse as a recognition of their fundamental human equality.

by on March 25th, 2011

We live in days of distraction.

by on January 31st, 2011

On the dualism of degrading desire.

by on November 22nd, 2010

Newly defined and vigorously enforced rights have proliferated even as they are uprooted from any philosophic grounding.

by on October 18th, 2010

Custom and tradition, far from being necessarily irrational, are often the vehicles of guiding and binding reason.

by on August 20th, 2010

Civility is at the foundation of democratic society, but our educational institutions have lost their manners and the grace of gentility.

by on May 28th, 2010

The fiftieth anniversary of oral contraceptives is a reminder of all the things the Pill lets us forget.

by on February 12th, 2010

A recent First Things article on natural law misses the mark.

by on January 8th, 2010

A good deal of online commentary about a recent ecumenical statement misunderstands the nature of human reason.