5 Leads for Celebrating Dependence Day (An Alternative Holiday)

Independence Day is the quintessential holiday for lovers of liberty. But what if negative liberty is not really your thing? Some time ago reading atheist  Julia Kristeva on John Paul II got me thinking about an alternative holiday: Dependence Day. Then Holly Taylor Coolman's reading of the treasury of merit reminded me of it.And so, if you're Catholic, and you feel like the news cycle has really kicked your butt, consider reading the following posts for ideas on celebrating the marginally … [Read More...]

Divine Ecology (Vittore Crivelli, Saint Bonaventure Holding the Tree of Redemption, 15th c.; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-100).

Francis’s Integral Ecology: A Bonaventuran Methadone For Our Technocratic Addictions

Kevin L. Hughes is Chair of the Humanities Department at Villanova University. He is the author of Constructing Antichrist: Paul, Biblical Commentary, and the Development of Doctrine in the Early Middle Ages and Church History: Faith Handed On, along with articles appearing in journals such as Modern Theology, Theological Studies, Franciscan Studies, and the Heythrop Journal. His recent work on Henri de Lubac will appear in Reading Scripture as a Political Act and the T&T Clark Companion to … [Read More...]


Is Christianity Secularization’s Best Hope?

Savage Memory is an equally disturbing and humanizing documentary portrait of Bronislaw Malinowski, the Polish pioneer of modern anthropology. You might know Malinowski from used bookstore blushing perusals of titillating titles such as The Sexual Life of Savages and Magic, Science, and Religion. They are the intellectual's equivalent of looking at dirty mags at the gas station--not that intellectuals aren't ever caught doing the latter.The documentary, directed by Malinowski's grandson, … [Read More...]

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God Provides the Justification: Jean-François Garneau on #WhyRemainCatholic

Jean-François Garneau is a management consultant and an adjunct professor of management at the École des Sciences de la Gestion of the University of Quebec in Montreal. A Rhodes Scholar, Jean-François has held various executive positions within the Transportation Group of Canadian multinational Bombardier Inc. Prior to his involvement with Bombardier Inc., Jean-François was an adjunct professor of Management and Organizational Theory at the École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal as well … [Read More...]


Holly Taylor Coolman on Remaining a (Non-Polarized & Super-Sexy) Catholic

Holly Taylor Coolman teaches theology at Providence College.This is a guest post.==========================================I remember quite clearly, a number of years ago, reading R.R.Reno’s description of his experience of becoming Catholic. "It felt,” he said, “like being submerged into the ocean." (And the ocean, he went on to note, “needs no justification.”) What I myself felt upon reading the these lines was being mad as hell. I was an Episcopalian, as Reno had been just prior to … [Read More...]

Marriage should beat you up because it encourages irreconcilable differences (Kalighat Painting, "Woman Striking Man With Broom," Calcutta, India, 1875; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-100)

Difference, Disharmony, and Drama Are the Essence of Marriage

The debates around the redefinition of marriage in the United States orbit around the philosophy of love. What's largely missing is a coherent understanding of love's definition. The French Catholic philosopher Fabrice Hadjadj offers some pointers about the essence of love in marriage.Hadjadj starts with difference, or, as Levinas called it, alterity: Sex is the starting point of two types of relations both of which depend upon difference. There is a double difference: The difference … [Read More...]

Jesus, Prince of Peace and Republican Philosopher? (William Holman Hunt, Jesus and the Two Marys [detail]; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-100).

The Queer Catholic Pro-Life Logic of the Gay Marriage Majority Decision

The second half of Jody Bottum's Age of Anxiety makes a strong case for the American internalization of Catholic natural law language. One of the goals of his book is to point out the heavy Catholic presence in American public life through the public square's adoption of this typically Catholic way of speaking.This exegesis of a kind of esoteric writing does get a little bit farcical when Bottum takes up an extended reading of George W. Bush's statement that Jesus Christ is his favorite … [Read More...]

Francis is right, we're about to get burned (Charles Paul Landon, Icarus and Daedalus, 1799; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-100).

Zoltan Istvan 2016: Transhumanist Anti-Nature is Now Mainstream

 If you think Zoloft was a HUGE breakthrough, then you haven't seen nothing yet. Here comes Zoltan throwing down his Transhumanist Wager into an already overstocked presidential field for 2016.I'll first have to bring you up to speed with what's going to be news with a quick blurb summary of Houllebecq's novel The Possibility of an Island: Having made a fortune producing comedies that skewer mankind’s consumerism, religious fundamentalism, sexual profligacy, and other affronts, … [Read More...]


A Pixellated-Camouflage Bible for the Deus Absconditus in Your Life!

Not long after the pope condemned told those in the weapons industry they shouldn't consider themselves Christians I saw a Byzantine Catholic post pictures of the Orthodox RSV Military New Testament w/Psalms.They said it was their favorite Bible edition. Coincidence? One wonders.Yet, if our God is a hidden God (deus absconditus, Pascal called Him), then what could better serve as an analogue of his presence than a camouflaged cover Bible?As expected, the presence of this Bible … [Read More...]


Conservatives (Not Liberals) Planted American Catholic Dissent

“I love clichés and hackneyed expressions of every kind because they’re largely true,” says Violet in Stillman's Damsels in Distress.John F. Kennedy tilled the fields that Mario Cuomo planted with the seeds of American Catholic dissent, which were were later cultivated by inveterate liberal dissenters Charles Curran and Richard McBrien (among a legion of others) so says the commonplace you find across the ideological range between Linker and Neuhaus.This line keeps getting repeated becaus … [Read More...]