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Understanding “Social Justice”

July 21, AD2015 6 Comments
Understanding “Social Justice”

I was a Catholic Worker in Nebraska from 1976 til around 1980. What I can say is that working with the poor and living among the homeless, fills you with a sense that you are among the only ones who are “really doing something.” My young friends and I even slept outside with the street […]

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How to Fight the Prosperity Gospel

September 17, AD2014 18 Comments
How to Fight the Prosperity Gospel

This morning I woke up and read an article about the Osteen Predicament. It was kind of weird because the issue of the prosperity gospel has been coming up a lot lately. I watched the video of Victoria Osteen’s sermon and wondered why anyone would believe that crap. It is so easy to see that […]

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Pope Francis and the Culture of Encounter

May 6, AD2014 5 Comments
Pope Francis and the Culture of Encounter

As we’ve learned, Pope Francis is not one for detailed expositions of philosophical principles. He makes his points using simple one-liners and neologisms, expressions like, “We cannot be Christians part-time.” Once he even called us “riff-raff.” He leaves it to us to work out the details. One phrase that recurs in the homilies of Pope […]

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Progressives, When is Your Progress Complete?

May 1, AD2014 81 Comments
Progressives, When is Your Progress Complete?

\”We all want progress, but if you\’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.\”  — C.S. Lewis Progressives, this post is for you. I have a question for you that is real and weighty […]

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The Radically Subversive Philosophy of Dr. Seuss

April 28, AD2014 15 Comments
The Radically Subversive Philosophy of Dr. Seuss

The following actually happened during one of my lectures. I said, “Neuroscience does not deal with the person; it is concerned strictly with the human organism, with things that happen inside the skull. Mind you, some neuroscientists mistakenly believe their field eliminates the concept of the person altogether. They are wrong. The person is separate […]

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On The Altar of Success

November 13, AD2013 9 Comments
On The Altar of Success

To all people raised to be a success in a Western  capitalist society: Have you  sacrificed all on the altar of success? Since preschool, society has pushed you to excel, to rise above your peers.  You were groomed for success, to get into the best universities and snatch the most prized careers. Well, it is nice to […]

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Peter Singer: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Hypocrisy

November 11, AD2013 48 Comments
Peter Singer: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Hypocrisy

As a member of the Homo sapiens species, I have always found it blatantly paradoxical that the very people who purport the stringent ground rules for the legitimacy of life, whether in or outside the womb, healthy or infirmed, are themselves blessed, if not merely lucky, to have survived birth to live without someone condemning them to death […]

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Timothy Leary and the 1960’s Counter-Culture

October 29, AD2013 40 Comments
Timothy Leary and the 1960’s Counter-Culture

I found out I was an adopted child when I was six or seven years old. Years later when I struggled with an addiction to alcohol and suffered from various forms of depression, I spent a lot of time in therapy, and because one of the most important aspects of any kind of therapy is […]

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Pope Francis: A Modernist Heretic?

October 11, AD2013 127 Comments
Pope Francis: A Modernist Heretic?

Why do  Faithful American Catholics Label  Pope Francis: A Modernist Heretic? Every time Pope Francis speaks, the papers are filled with sensational headlines; he does not emphasize many of the popular, hot issues like abortion and homosexuality, issues which often simply serve to divide voters into an us and them mentality. When did these issues become […]

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Double Vision; What is Your Focus?

October 9, AD2013 52 Comments
Double Vision; What is Your Focus?

Two people can look at the same thing and see two very different things. For instance, what do you think of when you see the following? Two men getting married Miley Cyrus twerking at the MTV Music Awards Hugh Heffner and his Playboy Mansion Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Richard Dawkins, leading atheist I […]

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Is Atheist Richard Dawkins Being Responsible In His Statements?

October 4, AD2013 95 Comments
Is Atheist Richard Dawkins Being Responsible In His Statements?

One of my favorite clichés to refer to when talking about atheism has been that human cliché Richard Dawkins. Nobody just reads his books, we have seen him on television and YouTube. Atheists especially just love him, along with that other fancy talker known fondly as “Hitch” (Hitchens is gone now, and I sincerely give […]

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