Is Economics Moral?

From First Thoughts

Mark, you write that in Jonathan Haidt’s apolitical political quiz, “none of the questions relates to economics; Haidt’s point, which seems right to me, is that politics remains largely a matter of moral intuition.” But there are also no questions on abortion, gay marriage, . . . . Continue Reading »

Marriage and Humane Sexuality

From First Thoughts

Phillip , thanks for these profound reflections on how Genesis reveals what is distinct about human sexuality. Your central observation that “mutual help and companionship,” rather than reproduction, is what makes human sexuality distinctively human is urgently relevant to our efforts . . . . Continue Reading »

Bill Gates Says Art Is Evil

From First Thoughts

Bill Gates says  art is evil. Terry Teachout says Bill Gates is a barbarian. Jay Greene agrees , and he has the data to prove it. In support of his view that art is evil, Gates cites the utilitarian philosophy of Peter Singer, who openly favors infanticide. I believe it was Hans Urs von . . . . Continue Reading »

Fondling as Flourishing

From First Thoughts

A scholar of early modern political thought once commented that reading Locke’s critique of Filmer is like watching a wolf tear up a teddy bear. Much the same could be said of Glenn Moots’ review of Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined . Moots . . . . Continue Reading »

Yes, Religion without “God”

From First Thoughts

Mark , I’m with you all the way on preserving the special protection for religion in law. But I don’t see any difficulty in acknowledging that you can have religion without God, and especially without a specifically theistic conception of God. Is Hinduism not a religion? Buddhism? There . . . . Continue Reading »

… It’s Also Uncivil

From First Thoughts

James , thanks for investing the effort to so thoroughly debunk the latest nonsense from Jim Wallis. But in addition to substituting ideology for theology, Wallis is also practicing a breathtaking hypocrisy. For years, Wallis has been sanctimoniously denouncing his opponents for their failures of . . . . Continue Reading »