Category : Moral Theology

I must respectfully disagree with Casey Williams’ essay in the NYT (Has Trump Stolen Philosophy’s Critical Tools?): Trump’s playbook should be familiar to any student of critical theory and philosophy. It often feels like Trump has stolen our ideas and weaponized them. He goes on to say that For decades, critical social scientists and humanists have chipped away at the …

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Written on Apr, 05, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Bet nobody saw this coming. Pope Francis has, perhaps inadvertently, made the moral case for tax cuts. He is right that European Union governments should have aim to expand opportunity for all, so that everyone has the chance to lift himself out of poverty and provide for a family. Their failure to do so, the massive unemployment and even higher …

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Written on Apr, 04, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

One way to use an examination of conscience is to use the questions as the basis for group discussions. Doing this will not only help young people understand what is and isn’t a sin but also help them have richer, deeper spiritual lives. How? By teaching them to think and talk about what it means to follow Jesus Christ as Orthodox Christians.

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Written on Apr, 03, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Over at Fr Aidan Kimel’s blog Eclectic Orthodoxy, I have a post reflecting on how Orthodoxy Christians might want to respond to the recent presidential election. In the post I ask How then are we as Orthodox Christians to live? How do we go about fostering “peace and co-operation among people holding various political views”? While the hierarchy and the clergy …

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Written on Mar, 28, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

(Acton Power Blog) Key quotes from the work of the Austrian/British economist Friedrich Hayek:   On Faith in Freedom: Freedom necessarily means that many things will be done which we do not like. Our faith in freedom does not rest on the foreseeable results in particular circumstances but on the belief that it will, on balance, release more forces for the …

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Written on Mar, 28, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Millions of working age American men don’t have a job and aren’t looking for one. They’ve simply vanished from the U.S. labor force. What are they doing? Caring for kids? Going to school?

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Written on Mar, 16, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

NIMBY is just one specific physical manifestation of a broader mentality of stasis. There is also:  NIMEY—Not In My Election Year  NIMTOO—Not In My Term Of Office  LULU—Locally Undesirable Land Use  NOPE—Not On Planet Earth  CAVE—Citizens Against Virtually Everything  BANANA—Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything  One upshot of this current Zeitgeist of community-enforced social stasis is that our physical infrastructure …

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Written on Mar, 08, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Why is this happening? For answers, check out Economist Tyler Cowen in his  new video titled “The New Era of Segregation,” argues that, In our algorithm-driven world, digital servants cater to our individual preferences like never before – finding us tailored restaurants, TV shows, even our next spouse. On the individual level, this is all very good. We’re finding better …

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Written on Mar, 08, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Remember the song? First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby carriage. The data suggests that this order is best for all concerned, children and parents.  … children born to a cohabiting couples are about twice as likely to experience a parental breakup by age 12 as children born to married parents. This is true even for children …

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When we close down free trade, or allow others to close it down for us, we lose not only the material advantages that it brings to us as individual consumers, as producers, and as a nation. We lose the moral advantages that it brings us as well.

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