BreakPoint: Peter Singer Defends Abuse

We say it often: ideas have consequences; bad ideas have victims. And a certain, consistent Princeton bioethicist continues to show just how true that is. [display_podcast]How do we know what’s right? Great minds have wrestled with that question for much of history. Is it doing our duty regardless of the consequences? Is it doing whatever a virtuous person would do? Is it doing what brings the most happiness to the most people?That last option—the greatest good for the greatest num … [Read more...]

BreakPoint: The Assisted Suicide Freight Train Hits the Brakes

A funny thing happened on the way to our supposed brave new world of assisted suicide. I’ll tell you about it, next on BreakPoint. [display_podcast]Proponents of assisted suicide would have us believe that legalized killing is an unstoppable freight train and that those who oppose it are going to get run over. And no wonder. Last year Colorado and the District of Columbia legalized it, while California enacted a bill that had been passed in 2015. They joined Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and … [Read more...]

BreakPoint: The Silent Suffering of Gay Men

Ideas have consequences, and bad ideas have victims. False promises of love and personal fulfillment are no exception. [display_podcast]Over a year and-a-half after the Obergefell decision, the debate over gay “marriage” and homosexuality has largely fizzled out: partly because of the election, partly because the “T” in the LGBT acronym has been stealing all the headlines, and partly because Obergefell is now viewed by many as settled law. And that’s a shame, because so-called “progress” isn … [Read more...]

BreakPoint: Fujimura’s “Culture Care” – A Better Model for Engagement

When it comes to culture, do you consider yourself a foot soldier or a gardener? Okay, that’s a bit cryptic. But let me explain. [display_podcast]When was the last time you participated in a boycott? Or shared a Facebook post alerting your friends to a dangerous cultural trend?Good stuff. Now, let me ask you this: When was the last time you went to an art museum? Or bought tickets to the theater? Or listened to a great piece of music? Or wrote a poem and shared it with friends?I a … [Read more...]

BreakPoint: Beauty and the Beast and Our Obsession with Remakes

“Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme.” And we just keep retelling and re-singing it. I’m talking about the year’s biggest movie. [display_podcast] In a segment on NPR last Wednesday, Bob Mondello documented the bizarre entertainment phenomenon known as “movie twins.” Hollywood has long puzzled the public by releasing films with nearly identical premises and plots within months or even weeks of one another. “Mission to Mars” and “Red Planet,” “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact,” “Antz” and “A B … [Read more...]

BreakPoint: Red Dwarf and the Seven Planets

There’s already a world of evidence that life on Earth is unique and intelligently-crafted. But here are seven more pieces of evidence. [display_podcast]In the movie, “Arrival,” a group of scientists try to break the language barrier between humanity and an extraterrestrial race that’s landed on Earth. These visitors have not come to make war, but to offer us a gift. I won’t spoil it for you, but I will say that the film is pervaded by a sense of loneliness and a longing for kinship with som … [Read more...]