Category : Moral Theology

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

Over the last half-century or so, there has been a progressive erosion of what was once a universally understood norm, that human beings are male and female. While many factors have brought about this change, there are several that represent a significant departure from the moral tradition common to both Eastern and Western Christianity.

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Written on May, 02, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Casuistry, or the objective analysis of moral issues, has a bad reputation (and not just among Orthodox Christians). But to help someone live a virtuous life, we need to know what are the moral limits of our life in Christ, Casuistry is how we discern the moral boundaries that we can’t transgress and still remain in communion with Christ and the Church.

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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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