Convictions in Things Not Seen

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the convictions of things not seen,” the Letter to the Hebrews tells us. I couldn’t help thinking of that today when I scanned the list of articles on Real Clear Politics . A piece in Roll Call ponders which notes the discrepancy . . . . Continue Reading »

On Faith and Love

In honor of today’s holiday—Reformation Day—I have been rereading Luther’s 95 Theses , which he nailed to the church door in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517. A few of his theses, in particular, stood out this time around: 41. Apostolic pardons are to be preached with caution, . . . . Continue Reading »

I’ll Bet She Can Tell A Good Story

Voting for Obama for sake of having a black president would be irresponsibly self-indulgent, but few would deny that there’s something moving in this story from Texas: Amanda Jones, 109, the daughter of a man born into slavery, has lived a life long enough to touch three centuries. And after . . . . Continue Reading »

Beware of Daylight Savings Time

At least, that’s what a new research study is telling us: Clocks spring ahead and fall back when adjusting in and out of daylight saving time. A study published on Wednesday finds that heart attack rates do the same. The research, based on heart attacks in Sweden, concluded that the chance of . . . . Continue Reading »

Vote Your Conscience, Revisited

“Vote your conscience” said a recent election message aimed at Catholic voters, and I’ve heard more than one objection. The number of believing Americans without a proper understanding of ethics and civic duty is, I’d venture to guess, devastatingly large, and the last thing . . . . Continue Reading »

The Dig at David’s Kingdom

Following up on the archaeological discovery of King David’s kingdom in 2005, the New York Times today speculates: ” Find of Ancient City Could Alter Notions of Biblical David .” Overlooking the verdant Valley of Elah, where the Bible says David toppled Goliath, archaeologists are . . . . Continue Reading »

Peter Singer Values Thriving

I try to be a realist and an idealist. I promote human exceptionalism, knowing that as an imperfect species, we are unlikely to ever fully achieve the dream of universal human equality. But the only way to get very close, it seems to me, is for our reach to exceed our grasp. That’s my . . . . Continue Reading »