Scout’s Honor

A while back, a student in my philosophy of religion class turned in a paper which stated that, in  The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values , Sam Harris argued that morality was based on scientific discoveries about the order God had put into the world at the Creation. I . . . . Continue Reading »

Not A Smarter Fox News, A Right-Leaning NBC

Over on twitter, Reihan Salam and Patrick Brennan were discussing a Matthew Yglesias post on the Koch brothers’ attempt to buy the Tribune line of newspapers. Yglesias is for it since he thinks that the Koch brothers buying the Tribune papers and turning them into conservative news outlets . . . . Continue Reading »

Watering Down the Categories

I have found a recent trend among a number of naturalistic ethicists and thinkers to be both interesting and mildly exasperating, but most of all telling. Both one like John Shook, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, New York—and someone with whom I recently dialogued . . . . Continue Reading »

Glasgow Midwives’ Case

In the U.K., two Catholic midwives, Mary Teresa Doogan and Concepta Wood , have just won an important court case regarding the conscience clause in the Abortion Act 1967 . Although this is a Scottish case, the Act applies to England and Wales, too, so the decision has implications for the whole of . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Square Today

Peter Leithart reviews Ephraim Radner’s A Brutal Unity : Radner traces the murderous divisiveness of Christianity back to Epiphanius’ fourth-century treatise “Refutation of all Heresies.” The “Epiphanian paradigm” treats intra-Christian discord as apostasy and . . . . Continue Reading »

George Joins Weigel and the Others

Added as a speaker to Portsmouth Abbey’s conference on Catholicism and the American Experience , being held June 7th to 9th, is Robert P. George, who will be speaking on “Religious Liberty and the Human Good.” Other speakers are George Weigel, who’ll be talking on . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 4.26.13

The Spiritual Autobiography of Christian Wiman Jay Parini, Chronicle of Higher Education C. S. Lewis, Surprised by Fame Paul Johnson, Spectator Untangling the Tsarnaev’s Muslim Ties Carefully Mollie Hemingway, GetReligion The Children of China Jiayang Fan, New Yorker Israel’s Escalating . . . . Continue Reading »

Sheldon Cooper Literacy

For those who lack the above, let me recommend the informative and intelligent SHELDON COOPER WIKIPEDIA PAGE . It is clearly a labor of love. It is also under review for having too much intricate detail (which would only be of interest to someone who cares about the subject) and for something like . . . . Continue Reading »

Central Virginia ROFTERS

Those living in or near Charlottesville, Virginia, and are interested in helping start a ROFTERS (Readers Of First Things ) group should write Edward Maillet at . He is interested, energetic, and eager to get started. Those of you interested in finding similar . . . . Continue Reading »