As the call for freedom advances in Muslim-majority countries, we have good reason to be optimistic that religious freedom will increase as well.
By the year 2020, the Islamic nations of the Mediterranean Basin will resound with positive cries for democracy, human rights, individual liberty, and the dignity of every man, woman, and child.
The body has a language of its own, and the sexual revolution is founded upon a lie.
Our current economic debates underscore the case for an approach to political economy that rejects social contract theory and embraces a robust conception of human flourishing.
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.
Those who care for the severely disabled and dependent testify to our sense that they are part of the human community.
Marital love implies dependence on another instead of autonomy, and it shows that certain goods (sex and procreation, love and marriage, marriage and parenthood) are connected. We must recover the language of self-giving. The second in a two-part series.
The logic of contract and the movement to conquer nature have resulted in the triumph of autonomy and demise of the family. The first of a two-part series.
Metaphysics provides the crucial foundation for natural law, and our current intellectual climate is ripe for embracing metaphysical foundations once again. The third in a three-part series.
Acts are not made good or bad by our mere say-so. We must also examine the objective intention of our actions. The second in a three-part series.
A notion of “social practice” should guide the way we think about morality and politics. The first in a three-part series.
Zoning codes used to favor settlement patterns scaled for human beings. No longer.
Public recognition of unions contrary to human flourishing will hurt, not help, the happiness of those who participate in them.
True liberal education should teach us that we do not only give ourselves away: we become ourselves by the gift.
The Witherspoon Institute’s summer seminars help the university accomplish its purpose: to teach students to work together to pursue truth with humility and dedication.
The humanities are declining because too many humanities scholars are alienating students and the public with their opacity, triviality, and irrelevance.
True liberal education should teach us that we do not only give ourselves away: we become ourselves by the gift. We become who we are by forgetting to think about who we are.
In her memoirs of teaching at Hunter College for nearly forty years, Alice von Hildebrand shows aspiring academics the importance of perseverance, courage, and love in the face of hostility toward one’s moral and religious views.
College students, like everyone else, want to be happy. Educators should help them ground this desire for happiness in acts of virtue.