Slighting Syria's Christians

Take a look at the photo below, which appeared recently on Instagram. It’s the photo of a page from the New Testament — Acts 25, which recounts St. Paul’s trial before Festus. The page, seared into a bookshelf, is all that remains of the Bible that once contained it. ISIS recently burned . . . . Continue Reading »

Conference on Dignitatis Humanae

For those who are interested, the Notre Dame Law Review is hosting a symposium later this week on the 50th anniversary of Dignitatis Humanae, Vatican II's declaration on religious liberty:The Symposium will begin with an address from Bishop Daniel E. Flores on Thursday, November 5. Bishop Flores . . . . Continue Reading »

Peggy Noonan's Worry

Peggy Noonan’s new book, The Time of Our Lives: Collected Writings, is a volume bound to draw readers who are interested American politics and media. She is one of the most devotedly-followed columnists in the country, and this collection contains 83 of her commentaries going back to 1981. . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 10.30.15

In the Absence of a Shepherd
Eliot Milco, Paraphasic

Diversity in the Christian University
Elizabeth Corey, Public Discourse

Both/And Philanthropy
Leah Libresco, Fare Forward

Why Self-Driving Cars Must be Programmed to Kill
Staff, MIT Technology Review

Is God a Monster? No and Yes
Daniel Otto Jack Petersen, Theophilus Theologue

The Struggle of Memory Against Forgetting
Rod Dreher, American Conservative

Rethinking Birthdays
Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing

Upcoming Events—10.30.15

New York: The Art of the Beautiful Lecture Series: “Art, the Beautiful, and the True Good in Dante's Purgatorio” November 7, 7:30 pm Now in its third year, this lecture series is being held at the Catholic Center at New York University. Lectures will be followed by a reception and sung . . . . Continue Reading »

The Parenting Problems of Age Segregation

It has been more than a half-century since James Coleman and his team surveyed students in ten high schools to determine their values and interests and attitudes toward learning. The conclusion was that a new social formation was upon us: the adolescent society. That was the title of the book . . . . Continue Reading »