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On The Square today

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Today’s first “On The Square” essay comes in from Matthew Lee Anderson , who looks into social critic Caitlin Flanagan’s take on Karen Owen, the Duke senior who seduced thirteen Duke athletes as “research” for her undergraduate thesis. Owen’s misspent . . . . Continue Reading »

On The Square today

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“On The Square” today, Joe Carter points to the alarming double standard on sexual assault he finds in our culture: A deep disdain for rape, vicious crime that it is, but a cavalier attitude toward the epidemic of prison rape: In 2004 the corrections industry estimated that t 12,000 . . . . Continue Reading »

Chilling Them Softly

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Cold weather and rosary-bead sightings were just about all the secular reporters appeared concerned with at this year’s national March for Life, many of them drawing more attention to the chill in the air than to pro-lifers’ resilient reasons to bear it. And that was when they reported . . . . Continue Reading »

On The Square Today

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Featured “On The Square Today” is, first, Joe Carter’s weekly column ; today’s is a reflection on emergent evidence about the origins of atheism—-in particular, origins of the non-philosophical variety: A new set of studies in the Journal of Personality and Social . . . . Continue Reading »

Deciding Not to Decide What Marriage Is

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Arguments over same-sex marriage and other challenges to conjugal tradition have brought into stark relief our degraded ability to describe the realities of family and the marriage culture. Legal reformations of marriage such as no-fault divorce, for instance, have crippled discourse by redirecting the recognized purpose of marriage away from the family as a unit, and toward the accommodation of the desires of individual adults… . Continue Reading »

Marriage and the Liberal Empire

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Our ” On The Square ” article today is R.R. Reno’s much-anticipated weekly column. In today’s essay, Reno explores one response to an acclaimed paper arguing for traditional marriage, and analyzes how liberal critiques of traditional marriage unveils liberalism’s . . . . Continue Reading »

Weigel on Wednesday

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George Weigel’s Wednesday column is our second ” On The Square ” essay today; in it, Weigel continues to examine the “tectonic shifts” in Catholic episcopal leadership in America, including recent measures by Bishop Thomas Olmsted: Bishop Olmsted inherited a terrible . . . . Continue Reading »

Justice and the Priesthood

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In today’s second ” On the Square ” essay, Fr. Thomas Guarino (a past contributor to First Things and a member of Evangelicals and Catholics Together ) writes on concerns about draconian juridical policies within Catholic dioceses, and the effect they hold on the theology of . . . . Continue Reading »

The Best Gay Marriage Can Do?

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” What Is Marriage? ” Robert P. George, Ryan Anderson, and Sherif Girgis’ recent article on marriage in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy , has generated something of a discourse among scholars of opposing views, even being called a “succinct and clear . . . . Continue Reading »

Pastors and Theologians

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In today’s second ” On The Square ” column, Gerald Hiestand, an evangelical pastor, describes a uniquely modern Christian dilemma: the unsettling schism between pastors and theologians. While the history of Christianity encourages the view that pastor and theologian are part of . . . . Continue Reading »