Monthly Archives: September 2013


 

by on September 30th, 2013

In contemporary America, condemnation of pedophilia rests on sentiment and not on moral reasoning. Nobody can simultaneously explain why pedophilia is so vile and uphold the first commandment of the sexual revolution: Fulfill thy desires.

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 September 25th, 2013

The Supreme Court’s decision in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC shows that we need a workable legal framework for self-proclaimed religious organizations to claim protection under the Free Exercise Clause.

by on September 24th, 2013

Our president’s assumption that he should punish Syria for a moral, but not legal, transgression undermines international law.

by on September 23rd, 2013

Is it wrong to study the natural sciences using a metaphysical framework that sees unity in reality?

by on September 20th, 2013

Because there is no central authority in Islam and many ambiguities exist within the Quran, the status of women in Islamic societies depends greatly on historical and cultural factors.

by on September 19th, 2013

Robert Miller’s pragmatic liberalism fails to strike a satisfactory balance between Aristotelian-Thomistic eudaimonism and American liberalism because he does not defend the universality of moral principles.

by on September 18th, 2013

Young Americans have come to believe that they can only achieve “good” marriages through professional success and economic prosperity.

by on September 17th, 2013

The political and spiritual journey of a black Catholic staffer at the Democratic National Committee who quits his job in response to the Obama administration’s aggressive pro-abortion tactics and becomes a proud Republican.

by on September 16th, 2013

We all have a moral obligation to use our surplus wealth to help those in need, but we should do so in a way that is effective, fair, and in accordance with our own vocations.

by on September 13th, 2013

Laws in Massachusetts and California requiring that sex-segregated facilities be open to both sexes will undermine equal protection for women.

by on September 12th, 2013

The late Jean Bethke Elshtain understood that human beings are inherently relational, arguing that families are essential for human flourishing.

by on September 11th, 2013

Marriage connects more than just a man and a woman: it creates and sustains the fabric of society as a whole.

by on September 10th, 2013

The president and Congressional supporters of attacking Syria suggest by their actions a strong disregard for public opinion and self-government.

by on September 9th, 2013

Without authorization from Congress, American presidents can only start unconstitutional wars, even if they are motivated by good intentions.

by on September 6th, 2013

Many Muslims do not have the financial resources or social clout to combat political and religious extremism. Such extremism is further enabled by scholars who let themselves be bought by the rich or powerful.

by on September 5th, 2013

A rant against private schools should teach all of us something about the purposes of education, and what responsible parents should seek for their children.

by and on September 4th, 2013

While many American hotel executives refuse to rid their businesses of pornography, Petter Stordalen, owner of one of Scandinavia’s largest hotel chains, is leading the way forward.

In Depth: Editor's Picks: March 2018

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  • by Ryan T. Anderson on February 1, 2018

    The thinking of transgender activists is inherently confused and filled with internal contradictions. Activists never acknowledge those contradictions. Instead, they opportunistically rely on whichever claim is useful at any given moment.

  • by Korey D. Maas on February 21, 2018

    Contrary to the popular, tidy narrative repeated by Robert Reilly and others, neither Luther nor his colleagues and heirs “abandoned” natural law. Nor did they recast it in a voluntarist mold. They embraced and defended it along entirely traditional lines.

  • by Christopher Kaczor on February 22, 2018

    These abortion advocates stick their heads in the sand and demonstrate their ignorance of even the most basic facts of the pro-life position.

  • by Ryan T. Anderson on March 5, 2018

    Modern medicine can’t reassign sex physically, and attempting to do so doesn’t produce good outcomes psychosocially. Here is the evidence.

  • by Nathanael Blake on March 8, 2018

    It is fashionable to mock as bland and boring the ordinary men and women living out their married lives together, but they are often engaged in a quest far more challenging and romantic than anything the bohemian libertine will attempt.


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