Philosophy, the Handmaid of Judicial Review

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: In his most recent column here at The Catholic Thing, my friend Hadley Arkes raises the question as to why the federal courts, and the Supreme Court in particular, could not extend the protections of the Fourteenth Amendment to unborn human persons by employing the same reasoning these courts have utilized elsewhere.What Hadley is suggesting in his query should be uncontroversial:  the courts must apply th … [Read more...]

Paul Copan on the Mike Licona-Norm Geisler Controversy

For background, go to the Christianity Today article on the matter here. For Mike Licona's 2011 ETS paper in which he addresses this controversy, go here. (An mp3 of his November 17, 2011 presentation of his paper can be found here.)  Best blog post on the controversy can be found here. … [Read more...]

Religion, Politics, and the Public Square

Over the years I've published several academic articles dealing with the separation of church and state and the status of theology as knowledge. I bring this to your attention because of the increasing attention on the religious beliefs of those running for the U. S. Presidency. Here are some of my articles with links:“How To Be An Anti-Intelligent Design Advocate,” University of St. Thomas Journal of Law & Public Policy 4.1 (2009-2010): 35-65. “Must Theology Sit in the Back of Secular B … [Read more...]

Progressive Politics and Diminishing Religious Liberty

Over at Public Discourse this morning, attorneys Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty have authored an eye-opening piece, "Mandating Our Religious Freedom." Here's how it begins: People of faith must reclaim their religious freedom, granted by the Creator and protected by the Constitution.The Founders’ protection of religious freedom in the First Amendment was in keeping with their recognition of the supreme importance of the individual, who was created by God and subject to God’s natural law. The … [Read more...]

Is There a Right to Clone?

I don't think so. In a 2002 article in the Nevada Law Journal, "Cloning and Reproductive Liberty," I make the argument that one cannot get a right to clone from the Supreme Court's reproductive rights jurisprudence. You can read the article here. … [Read more...]

Crime and Punishment at Penn State

That is the title of the piece published by my fellow contributor at The Catholic Thing, Brad Miner. Here's how it begins: Author’s Note: The crimes described below are stated frankly. Those who do not wish to read details about sexual assaults are cautioned.Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is Roman Catholic and a regular churchgoer, not a nominal believer. Surely, he paid attention to the scandals that have roiled the Church in recent years. And you might suppose he learned s … [Read more...]

Rod Dreher is back

After a blogging hiatus of about a year, Rod Dreher is back, blogging over at The American Conservative. Even if Rod were not my friend, I would still highly recommend his blog. He is one of the more thoughtful writers online. You can go to his blog here. … [Read more...]

The Question Behind Our Political Divisions

That is the title of my most recent entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins:The political regime of the United States of America is one founded on three core philosophical ideas:  natural rights, consent of the governed, and the rule of law. The American Founders put in place a structure – a federal constitutional government of divided powers consisting of states with their own republican governments – in order to ensure that these core philosophical ideas stood the best chanc … [Read more...]

Duke’s Coach K on uncompromising morality

In an article about the Penn State case, ESPN reports: Paterno's requirement that his players not just achieve success but adhere to a moral code, that they win with honor, transcended his sport. Mike Krzyzewski, the Duke basketball coach, said in June for an ESPN special on Paterno: "Values are never compromised. That's the bottom line." However, when a very courageous assistant coach at Baylor, Abar Rouse, had surreptitiously audio-taped his superior, disgraced head basketball coach Dave … [Read more...]

Dignity Never Been Photographed: Scientific Materialism, Enlightenment Liberalism, and Steven Pinker

That is the title of an article I published in the Summer 2010 issue of Ethics & Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics (vol. 26.2).  (The title, if you have not noticed yet, is from a line in the Bob Dylan song, "Dignity"). Here's how the article begins (endnotes omitted):In March 2008, the President’s Council on Bioethics published a volume entitled, Human Dignity and Bioethics.  It consists of essays penned by council members as well as other scholars and practitioners invited t … [Read more...]


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