Category : Moral Theology

Written on Sep, 06, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

In my latest essay for Acton Commentary, I offer some thoughts about climate change, the limits of scientific knowledge and the importance of Christian witness to the environmental movement. Here’s how I begin: On September 1, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew issued a joint message for the “World Day of Prayer for Creation.” Their statement rightfully reminds us that we …

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Written on Aug, 31, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

We seem to be creating the cultural version of the Missouri Compromise line. No one, and no group, wishes to think of itself as the bad guy in perpetuity. Given that reality, if identity politics becomes the heart of American politics, it is only a matter of time until “whites” begin to see themselves as a group deserving special protection. …

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Written on Aug, 30, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

At many colleges and universities what John Stuart Mill called “the tyranny of public opinion” does more than merely discourage students from dissenting from prevailing views on moral, political, and other types of questions. It leads them to suppose that dominant views are so obviously correct that only a bigot or a crank could question them. Since no one wants …

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

A good defense of free speech from UC Berkeley chancellor Carol Christ: Nonetheless, defending the right of free speech for those whose ideas we find offensive is not easy. It often conflicts with the values we hold as a community — tolerance, inclusion, reason and diversity. Some constitutionally-protected speech attacks the very identity of particular groups of individuals in ways …

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

… simply put, in urban centers there are plenty of people who will partake in the same types of consumption (economies of scale) to uphold amenities like baseball stadiums, opera houses, and theaters and will drive down fixed costs for expenditures such as massages, organic food, and happy hour. Simultaneously, there are enough people that the “long tail” of consumption …

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… the dating market of urban centers (particularly as people marry like, rather than marrying “up” or “down,” a twenty-first-century trend economists term “assortative mating” 23 ). Smart people want to be around other smart people not just for work, but also for friendships and romantic relationships, and over time that results in highly stratified hyper-educated affluent places… Elizabeth Currid-Halkett,

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Written on Aug, 25, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Richard Florida was right when he said that the “creative economy” is the new way of the world. But its development didn’t happen how he imagined. Rather than launching humanity into a new phase of prosperity, the new economy simply holds the different elements of late capitalism together — making it palatable for some but deepening its crises and contradictions …

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Written on Aug, 24, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

In 1968 Walt Disney released a pro-contraception propaganda cartoon.

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Written on Aug, 24, 2017 by in | 1 Comment.

The pathology of Western intellectuals has committed them to an adversarial relationship with the culture—free markets and individual rights—that has produced the greatest alleviation of suffering; the greatest liberation from want, ignorance, and superstition; and the greatest increase of bounty and opportunity in the history of all human life. This pathology allows Western intellectuals to step around the Everest of …

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Written on Aug, 23, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

… while a member of the aspirational class is eating kale salad in his made-in-Brooklyn t-shirt, let’s not lose sight of the fact that the current elite consumer ethos is only possible because of the economic growth and affluence that industry created and the luxurious postmodern values it allows us to possess. Elizabeth Currid-Halkett,

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