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RJN: Black Americans and Pop Icons

On August 24, Bob Herbert of the New York Times addressed the debilitating popular culture embraced by many black Americans, and especially by young blacks. He now returns to the subject, prompted by the appearance of black "felon" magazines that exult in the self-denigration of blacks as . . . . Continue Reading »

Smith: Animal Rights and Wrongs

I don’t agree at all with Gary Francione , the Rutgers University law professor who seeks to abolish all human use of animals, no matter how humane and beneficial to us¯including seeing-eye dogs. But I do respect him because of his integrity in advocacy¯he doesn’t pretend to be . . . . Continue Reading »

Miller on Bonandi: Part Two

I recently posted on this page concerning Fr. Alberto Bonandi’s article in Teologia , reported on by Sandro Magister. Bonandi argues that Catholics, married in the Church but subsequently divorced and remarried civilly, may be readmitted to Holy Communion, even while they continue adulterous . . . . Continue Reading »

Hylden: As Anglicans Meet

“There will always be an England,” as the saying goes. That may well be true, but the eternal perseverance of its Church, unfortunately, is somewhat more in doubt. As nearly all interested observers know, the Anglican Communion has been tottering on the brink of implosion for quite some . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: True Philosophy

Robert Royal, who runs the Washington-based Faith & Reason Institute, has a new book out from Encounter, The God That Did Not Fail: How Religion Built and Sustains the West . The argument of the title and subtitle is persuasively set out, and we will be giving the book more attention in the pages of . . . . Continue Reading »

The Ottawa River Valley

It is not exactly wilderness, although the word applies if by wilderness one means, as no doubt some today would mean, any place that does not have access to the Internet. While I was at the family cottage in Quebec for several weeks I was serenely unaware of what was happening on this website, . . . . Continue Reading »

Miller: Suicide Pact

Although little noted on this side of the Atlantic, Jenni Murray, a presenter on BBC’s Woman’s Hour , announced on-air recently that she and two of her friends have entered into a suicide pact (see here and here ). Each of the women has promised to kill (or help kill) either of the . . . . Continue Reading »

Oakes: Islam and Conversion

In my last posting , I wrapped up some very general reflections on the relation between faith and reason with this aside: "Western civilization¯having put Christianity on the defensive for so long, and then seeing its Enlightened sons of reason turn on their own mother¯now finds . . . . Continue Reading »

Smith: Suicide Pacts Revisited

Robert T. Miller’s entry about Jenni Murray’s suicide pact is indeed worth noticing, but primarily I think because of a point he does not explore. In addition to not wanting to be a burden, Murray groused about not wanting to be burdened by having to care for her aging parents. Publicity . . . . Continue Reading »



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