September 10, 2018

Meaning, love and purpose exist by virtue of the fact that they exist in human minds, but God isn’t the same kind of thing. Read more

September 7, 2018

Building in styles that Howard Roark doesn’t like is bad, but trying to build like him is also bad. Read more

September 5, 2018

By James A. Haught Here’s an interesting literary footnote: James Baldwin, arguably America’s greatest black writer, was a popular Pentecostal preacher in Harlem at age 14 — but at 17 he renounced religion as a sham. Years later, he described his boyhood transformation in an essay titled Down at the Cross, first published in the New Yorker, then reprinted in his civil rights book, The Fire Next Time. He told of growing up amid the bitter hopelessness of the black… Read more

September 3, 2018

Ignoring accusations against your ideological allies is a Catholic tradition on both sides of the political aisle. Read more

August 31, 2018

Why Roark and Dominique’s eventual relationship is doomed; the death of the American department store. Read more

August 29, 2018

By James A. Haught Silly episodes of religion flare occasionally — and America’s Satanist hysteria of the 1980s and ’90s was especially ludicrous. Many fundamentalists thought the moon-and-stars logo on Procter & Gamble soap signified a secret pact with Lucifer. P&G sued born-again Amway dealers who spread the absurd tale. Some evangelicals thought the blue-faced “Smurfs” cartoon show was a ploy to lure children into Satanism. Ditto for the Dungeons & Dragons video game. Still others thought that heavy metal… Read more

August 27, 2018

I’m not expecting much to come of this, but I have to admit it brought a smile to my face. Last week in court, Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pled guilty to felony campaign-finance charges stemming from illegal hush money payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal. With this, he joins the many other high-profile advisors and officials convicted of crimes. (Just as a side note, we all agree that Trump cheated on his wife multiple times and paid off… Read more

August 24, 2018

For a conservative, Ayn Rand was a surprising embodiment of the “coastal elitist” stereotype. Read more

August 22, 2018

Pennsylvania’s grand jury report on pedophile clergy paints a picture of stunning scope and depravity. Read more

August 20, 2018

By James A. Haught The European Southern Observatory — a fifteen-nation consortium that operates telescopes in Chile — recently released a photo of two galaxies colliding. Here’s the stunner: It happened seven billion years ago, when the universe was younger, but it took seven billion years for fast-traveling light to reach Planet Earth just now. To look at the image today is looking backward in time through incredible eons. If you follow science, you may get an eerie sense that… Read more

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