Inside Tired World

The other morning I dreamt my editors here at the Catholic Channel had me to dinner, then put on masks and pulled out fake guns (brief moment of wondering: Um, those are fake, right?) and told me to blog something about my life.  It was more amusing and complex a dream than just that, but for blogging purposes, that was the essence of it.The reason for my recent absence from the internet is simple: Normal weekly absence for teaching, have a cold, Thanksgiving, have a cold, can't remember … [Read more...]

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What is the Slippery Slope Fallacy, and Has it Gotten into Your Argument?

Over at the new FB group for readers of this blog, a couple guys have made tentative stabs at the slippery slope fallacy  discussion question. For those who are scratching heads, here's a quick rundown of what the fallacy is and what it isn't, and how to tell whether the slope you're standing on is real or pretend.  (If you're in my class on Friday and you're reading this ahead, thanks, yes, you've just seen the lecture notes, I expect good to come of it.) What's a Slippery Slope a … [Read more...]

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Read Here Much? There’s a Support Group for That

There are even ten steps involved, mind the Caravaggio rule.  At my editor's suggestion I've gone and created a Facebook group for readers of this blog: https://www.facebook.com/groups/JenFitz/.  It's open to the public, thus allowing you to converse with your fellow readers without having to go so far as to be friends with them.To make it interesting, I decided to throw out a discussion question each week or so.  Our inaugural topic concerns the slippery slope fallacy, go take a look and sha … [Read more...]

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Refugees vs. Enemies – We’ve Done this Before

There is no getting around the fact that the terrorists in Paris took advantage of an assortment of accommodations for refugees and immigrants in order to murder their hosts. Abuse does not disprove right use, but right use doesn't excuse abuse, either.  What's a civilized nation to do? This is not a new question for the United States. *** My grandmother's grandmother, sixteen at the time, got on a boat in the late 1800's and traveled from Germany to visit a friend who'd moved to the United … [Read more...]

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The True Story About Today’s Gospel Reflection

So over at CatholicMom.com I've got a Gospel reflection up today, and it's really good.  But here's the real thing that happened this morning:  I opened the readings, and I was all over Maccabees.  How timely given recent world events!  I really need to sit down and read Maccabees!  I really need to review my history of the Greek occupation!  What a providential reading, Lord.Then I ran through the psalm, awfully fast, kinda nodding, sure yeah, that fits.  Psalm always fits, you know?And … [Read more...]

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Paris and the Battle for the World

In the wake of the attacks on the city of Paris, I was glued to the news.  As I followed commentators at France 24,where they were running live coverage all night in the immediate aftermath of the events, several comments in succession caught my attention.The first was the observation that the style of the attacks -- noted in the hours before any of the perpetrators had been identified -- was typical of something out of Pakistan or Afghanistan.  This could, the analyst explained, be just as e … [Read more...]

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Why God Made the University

I didn't fully understand Catholic education until this semester.  Those who follow the blog know I'm one of the instructors for a weekly high school economics and debate class.  It's a small class, eight students: One Orthodox, two Anglicans, the remainder Catholic.The program hosting us is unapologetically Catholic, but it's not a program "about" the Catholic faith.  Sometimes there are classes specifically featuring religious content, sometimes there aren't.  Usually the instructors are Ca … [Read more...]

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