Religious Freedom: Use It or Lose It

Recalling the history of Americans’ and their British ancestors’ dedication to religious freedom offers lessons for our own struggles that lie ahead.

Bigotry, David Blankenhorn, and the Future of Marriage

The truth about something as important as marriage cannot be the price we pay to live with each other. The challenge of our time is to find new ways to combine truth and love. Giving up marriage is too high a price to pay. And it is not the last good we will be asked to surrender, unless we find the courage to stand.

Purpose and Liberty

Man cannot properly be free without that by virtue of which his freedom has meaning.

The Newest Front in the Battle over Marriage

Same-sex marriage should not come in the back door, via an arguably collusive lawsuit in which no one charged with the responsibility of enforcing the law actually defends it.

Religious Freedom Under Siege: The Bishops Respond

The American Catholic bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom,” which begins tomorrow, continues a long tradition of defending religious freedom that began with Sir Thomas More and Bishop John Fisher.

Lies and God

Lying is always wrong because it always compromises the love of truth that we need to know and love God better.

Lies and Truth

Insofar as our lives are governed by reason, we cannot live without truth and a love for it.

Franciscan, Ave Maria, and Obamacare

Two Catholic universities’ decisions to drop student health-care plans show Obamacare’s long-term goal: Force Americans to choose government-subsidized plans over no insurance at all.

The Conflict Really Lies within New Atheism

In his new book “Where the Conflict Really Lies,” Alvin Plantinga levels a devastating critique against the “new atheism” espoused by thinkers such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens.

Taking (Conscience) Rights Seriously

As a pluralistic liberal democracy, we should craft our laws so that individuals will never be unnecessarily coerced into violating their consciences.

He Was He, I Was I

Neo-Darwinian models of human behavior cannot provide us with authentic self-knowledge; we need to revive the humanist disciplines—rhetoric, the arts, history, and above all things, poetry.

Early Religious Freedom in America

The Founders’ nuanced views of religion and politics prevent us from reading modern concerns about the separation of church and state into their words.

Abortion and the Limits of Philosophy

Unlike civil rights advocates of the 1960s, pro-life and pro-choice activists can be ambivalent about their causes because they are torn between their reason and their sentiments.