The continued ban of gluten-free hosts in the Catholic Church shows that the specificity of matter matters to the Catholic Church. It’s capitalism that’s spiritualistic. Read more

The sources of euphemism and political correctness are too close to be seen. The Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski spent the better part of the 50’s and 60’s attempting to create a (Soviet Communist-) Socialism with a Human Face. Some of his more important attempts are collected in Toward a Marxist Humanism: Essays on the Left Today.  The failure to square the circle was one of the things that forced Kolakowski into exile in the West. His success in documenting the failure of real-existing socialism in… Read more

The Charlie Gard case is a hard case. There are legitimate concerns on all sides. Read more

The exemplary figure of the refugee has deep biblical roots in both the Old and New Testaments. Read more

Emmanuel Levinas, the father of personalist-oriented phenomenology, reminds us that war is the model for classical philosophy since time immemorial. Read more

Jean-Luc Marion argues for a more profound and mundane post-Ascension destination than classical paintings, which usually show Christ taking an invisible elevator ride into the sky, leaving the sublunar world behind. Read more

Catholic triumphalism isn’t much in fashion these days, but Jean-Luc Marion bucks the trends. Read more

“Slaying” is an apposite verb to describe what the nation’s largest abortion provider does. Read more

I recently finished reading Kevin J. Vanhoozer’s, Biblical Authority after Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of Mere Protestant Christianity. I have numerous complaints about his “mere Protestant Christianity” project. (1) Vanhoozer regularly says that the Church is a product of the Word, by which in context he evidently means the Scripture. But this is exactly the wrong order. The Church is produced by the Word, certainly, in the sense that the Logos Incarnate converted the apostles, but the Word… Read more

Today is something called “National Reason Day,” on the atheist calendar. The National Day of Reason committee describes their goals in this apocalyptic register: Now, more than ever, America needs a Day of Reason. With the religious right’s influence in Congress, and with the threat to our Judiciary looming large, there has never been as important a moment in which to affirm our commitment to the Constitutional separation of religion and government, and to celebrate Reason as the guiding principle of… Read more

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