Category : Moral Theology

Written on Mar, 04, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

In my latest Acton Commentary, I respond to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s commnets on religious liberty. Here’s a bit of what I have to say: Let me first commend Ocasio-Cortez for her frank appeal to the Gospel in her criticism of what she describes as the Trump administration’s “religious liberty assault on LGBTQ rights.” While I disagree with most of what …

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Written on Dec, 31, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

Last week on my Facebook page I posted what I described at the time as a “sincerely offered thought experiment for my friends who support socialism.” The post generated a number of responses. Some good, other less so. A consistent criticism was that the post was the post assumed what one comment called a “dishonest dichotomy” based as it was …

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Written on Dec, 13, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

In the early Church, pagan authorities would ask Christians to offer a grain on incense to the gods. Sometimes,as it Maccabees, believers were to merely pretend to do so. Many made the compromise but many didn’t and were martyred. Many of my Christian friends worry about a coming persecution of believers. But what if the problem in front of us …

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Written on Nov, 04, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

Criticisms of this choice demonstrate either an appalling lack of empathy for one’s fellow citizens or an attempt to shame conservative believers to no longer pursue their own, morally legitimate, self-interest. Neither is in the service of a free and just society.

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Written on Oct, 07, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

Where I wonder, is the point when, just maybe, it might be advisable for the POTUS to stop trolling world leaders like a kid living in his parents’ basement? The only way we keep liberty from degenerating into license is though the cultivation of virtue. But without self-restraint, without a sense of the dignity of one’s office, there can be …

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Written on Oct, 07, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

I generally avoid partisan issues where the Church has definitively spoken. But as the pastor of a church on the Isthmus in Madison an area with a significant homeless population, I thought this editoral was a good warning for Mad City. San Francisco, …has been conducting a three-decade experiment in what happens when society stops enforcing bourgeois norms of behavior. …

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Written on Sep, 28, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

I haven’t seen Arthur Brooks’ documentary on the free market (The Pursuit) but I have followed his work at AEI and am currently reading (and enjoying) his new book Love Your Enemies. I have some traveling to do in this next month. Hopefully, that will give me time to see Brooks’ documentary. The takeaway for me from the review at …

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Written on Sep, 18, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

…Christians and others of goodwill who care for the neighbor, especially those mired in poverty and suffering under tyrannical regimes, must challenge the Prince Harrys and Megan Markels and the Pete Buttigiegs and Sir Elton Johns of the world to rethink policies that protect their lifestyles at the expense of the poor.

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Written on Sep, 16, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

Maybe it is just a poorly written letter. But as written it suggests Sanger sought to conceal her eugenic intention rather than clearly rejection it. 

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Written on Sep, 03, 2019 by in | Leave a comment

America’s problem, [economist John] Cochrane believes, is not that wealth is the primary determinant of political power, but that political power is much too often the determinant of wealth. So the way to reduce the role of money in politics is to reduce the role of politics in the distribution of money, thereby lowering the stakes of politics and the …

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