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Faithful Reason About Stem Cells

Two years ago, William Saletan¯Slate.com’s science reporter¯compared the typical approaches of Jewish and Catholic thinkers to bioethical questions . "The Catholics were clear about what was moral and what wasn’t. The Jews were fuzzy." He quoted Eric Cohen, a Jewish . . . . Continue Reading »

Anglican Summertime Blues

Now that summer at last has arrived, most sensible people have turned their thoughts to beaches, baseball, and the fine art of grilling bratwurst.Unfortunately for Anglicans, it is their lot to have church politics on their minds. There are dark rumors of schism afoot, hints of plots both liberal . . . . Continue Reading »

Richard Rorty, R.I.P.

Richard Rorty has died , passing away on Friday, June 8. A uniquely American mix of philosopher, pragmatist, and provocateur, Richard Rorty was the grandson of Walter Rauschenbusch , the theologian who had been a key figure in the Social Gospel movement. And over the years of his professional . . . . Continue Reading »

Bearing Witness
in a Time of War

The following homily was delivered by Fr. Neuhaus at the annual Memorial Mass of the Military Vicariate at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on the Feast of the Ascension, 2007. The Scripture texts just read are for this day, the Feast of the Ascension of Our . . . . Continue Reading »

Standing Up for Scooter Libby

Scooter Libby was sentenced on Tuesday to thirty months in jail and a $250,000 fine. And I can’t much stand the bloodsports of American politics anymore.At the time of his conviction, I wrote a small essay about my friendship with Scooter¯others knew him better, but we had a genuine . . . . Continue Reading »

Update on Stem-Cell Research

It made the front page of the New York Times , but don’t let that dissuade you¯reports today about new ethical sources of embryonic-type stem cells are credible, and they are very good news. Of course, there is still a long way to go before this particular method will be tested on humans . . . . Continue Reading »

Brownback’s Faith and Reason

At the recent debate among Republican presidential candidates, Chris Matthews asked the candidates to raise their hands if they believed in evolution. Sen. Sam Brownback didn’t raise his hand. Last week he published an op-ed in the New York Times explaining his position.The senator makes some . . . . Continue Reading »

Another Big Fish

Here we go again. Yet another promising Lutheran has just gone over to Rome. Robert C. Koons is professor of philosophy at the University of Texas. His department is the home of such distinguished scholars as Richard Sorabji and J. Budziszewski, company no doubt conducive to a stimulating . . . . Continue Reading »

An Obituary for the Culture Wars

I returned last Tuesday from a week in Rome, which is always an instructive, and frequently an edifying, experience. From numerous conversations over leisurely meals with Vatican officials, one gets the impression of quiet satisfaction with the pontificate of Benedict XVI after the first two years. . . . . Continue Reading »

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