Christian Calamities: A Taste of the South to Help You Choke on America

There's been pearl-clutching in odd quarters ever since Pastor Mark Burns, a South Carolinian, delivered his benediction on the Republican party.  I am not a Republican and I won't be voting for Trump, and I don't think you should either.  I am dismayed by the weaselly justifications some of my fellow Christians are spouting these days in their support for the GOP candidate.Still, it amuses me that the professionally-impious are suddenly offended on our Lord's behalf for what is, as I will sh … [Read more...]

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Behind the Scenes in Catholic Blogging

It is no surprise, given the violence and destruction the enemy is wreaking in the physical world, that the Church would likewise be under vicious attack. I’d like to address some questions readers have about professional Catholic blogging, and before I begin, here’s a passage of Scripture I think sets the right framework for us: 3 Whoever teaches something different and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the religious teaching 4 is conceited, understanding not … [Read more...]

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Spiritual Apathy and the War on Terror

Over at the Catholic Conspiracy, Tom Zampino lays out the case for just warfare and writes: Any remaining illusions that we, ourselves, are safe anywhere – that we can, somehow, escape the carnage unscathed – have, of course, long since been shattered. Each new attack only serves to drive us further into despair, and deeper into isolation. . . .. . . we can and should urge those who legitimately hold authority over us to use all arms necessary to quickly defeat this global and growing threat … [Read more...]

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The Surprising Evidence that Gender Matters, and What to Do About It

When future generations reflect on the fall of the American republic, they'll no doubt get a chuckle over our obsession with having every aspect of our lives carefully legislated, to the point that our proto-emperors have now taken it upon themselves to dictate where and how their millions of citizens might relieve themselves.Keep in mind we already have laws concerning toilet problems.  Whether you are worried about hygiene, or sound plumbing, or commodes-per-occupant, or sewage treatment, … [Read more...]

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The Beautiful Magazine for Sane Women – It’s Out!!!

I am so stinking proud of Elizabeth Scalia for launching Aleteia's new magazine For Her.  I worked for Elizabeth during her tenure here at Patheos and she was a superlative editor -- smart, insightful, hardworking, compassionate, and loads of fun.  But wow, I had no idea she was about to go do something this fabulously amazingly awesomely cool.It's a dream-come-true quality magazine launch: Finally we've got a real women's magazine with the fashion spreads and the beautiful stuff, only with a … [Read more...]

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The Rosary and a Rule of Life When You Haven’t Got Time

Happy All Saints Day!  I'll be staying home with a cold, thank you.   Which is why we want to talk about the super-novena that begins today and finishes up for Christmas.Here's the story: I stink at praying.  I used to be okay at it, but real life kicked me in the rear, and I'm not one of those people who takes every trial as an opportunity to watch less TV so they can pray even more.If, to take last night's example, my throat is painful to the point of distraction, this does not make me … [Read more...]

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How to Teach Kids about the “Straw Man” Fallacy

Point them to the internet.In class this morning, the kids got their formal introduction to Mr. Straw.  We're working through The Fallacy Detective, and the way we do most chapters is that the kids read the text at home, we discuss the definition of the fallacy, and then the kids each contribute an example they've either invented or endured.  We do assorted exercises to practice identifying the various fallacies we've studied and to distinguish them from legitimate arguments.Because of th … [Read more...]

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