Category : Moral Theology

Jihadists and Progressives Together: That Christianity is “the root of the West, the West’s living source” is at best unremembered. It is more accurate to say that it is remembered, but also hated and rejected. The West — Europe and North America — knows its roots perfectly well and that Christianity is still undeniably a source of life. The West …

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Written on Jan, 10, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

It is simplistic, then, to view consumer culture as passive and de-skilling. A good deal of the rise in consumption involved buying for the sake of making and personalizing the home. DIY, handicrafts and gardening attracted a sizable chunk of consumer spending, with their own magazines, stores and fairs. Consumerism encouraged new skills as often as it killed old ones. …

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Written on Nov, 26, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

To understand what God has called the Church in America to do, we need to understand both the nature of the Church AND the nature of America. There’s a brief essay by Robert Reilly over at The Stream (False Founding: Was America Anti-Christian From the Beginning?) that offers us a good start to the latter task. Here’s a snippet. In …

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Written on Nov, 04, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

More thoughts on Pussy Riot at UW-Madison… Like many Orthodox Christians (I won’t speak for those outside the Orthodox Church) I think the Russian government and the Church of Russian over reacted to Pussy Riot. I think that the ROC is too closely identified with Putin. At the same, Pussy Riot wasn’t simply pointing out that Church and State are …

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Written on Nov, 04, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

There has been much discussion of late about hate speech on the UW-Madison campus and in the current presidential debate. In light of this, I wrote the following email to the Chancellor expressing my concern that the University has invited Pussy Riot to speak on campus. This is why even though I have never been paid, I have been involved …

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Written on Sep, 28, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

While it is in my economic best interest to pay as little tax as the law allows, this doesn’t mean my actions are unfair. Why? Because minimizing my tax bill is more than mere naked self-interest.

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Written on Aug, 09, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

It is simplistic, then, to view consumer culture as passive and de-skilling. A good deal of the rise in consumption involved buying for the sake of making and personalizing the home. DIY, handicrafts and gardening attracted a sizable chunk of consumer spending, with their own magazines, stores and fairs. Consumerism encouraged new skills as often as it killed old ones. …

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Written on Jun, 27, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Chastity is that virtue that refuses to exploit for one’s own advantage the weakness of others. What we need to foster then is a respectful and appreciative acceptance of human limitations, both those of our neighbors’ and our own.

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Written on Jun, 21, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

The problem of all sin — including economic sins — isn’t that I don’t love but that I love unwisely. This means that conversion for the businessman, like conversion for all, is not a matter of despising this life but learning to love the life to come. Aleksei, like modern Russian society, has forgotten how to live because he has lost the ability to be grateful to God for the blessings he has received.

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Written on Jun, 08, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

It is simplistic, then, to view consumer culture as passive and de-skilling. A good deal of the rise in consumption involved buying for the sake of making and personalizing the home. DIY, handicrafts and gardening attracted a sizable chunk of consumer spending, with their own magazines, stores and fairs. Consumerism encouraged new skills as often as it killed old ones. …

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