Why Did Legal Elites Underestimate the Case Against the Mandate?

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That's the title of Jonathan Adler's insightful post over at the Volokh Conspiracy. It begins this way: Greg Sargent is one of many commentators wondering “How did legal observers and Obamacare backers get it so wrong?” I think he’s asking the wrong question.  A better question to ask is: why did so many expect legal elites to have any particular insight into the current court?  After  all, many of the legal experts who were so dismissive of the arguments against the mandate were equally dismiss … [Read more...]

Catechesis, Conversion, and the Hope That is Within You

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That is the title of my latest piece over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins:During Holy Week and Easter Sunday Mass, in Catholic parishes throughout the world, many pilgrims will be received into the Church. Most will have gone through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), a six-month study of the Church’s teachings and practices. This year I have the privilege of being part of the RCIA team at St. Peter’s Catholic Student Center at Baylor University, where as ma … [Read more...]

Michael Licona on “Flipping the Bird,” i.e., giving the finger

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My friend, Mike Licona, a New Testament scholar, muses on the historical origins of flipping people off.  Here's the video, as it appears on the Parchment & Pen Blog:  … [Read more...]

“Potential Persons” in the “After-Birth Abortion” Article

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This is my latest over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: As readers of The Catholic Thing are well aware, the Journal of Medical Ethics, a periodical to which I have contributed, recently published the controversial article, “After-Birth Abortion: Why Should the Baby Live?”, written by the philosophers Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva.Throughout the article, the authors refer to fetuses and newborns as “potential persons,” which, I am sure, sounds like an odd neologism for … [Read more...]

HBU starting M.A. in philosophy program

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Houston Baptist University is starting an M.A. program in philosophy.  Given the quality of its faculty, and the recent hiring of philosopher John Mark Reynolds as the new HBU provost, this is an exciting development.  Here's what the HBU website says:Program Description The mission of the Master of Arts in Philosophy (MAPhil) is to develop students who are capable of serving their community and the Church successfully in a variety of vocations, including academic, parachurch, and e … [Read more...]

The Parable of the Kosher Deli: Bishop Lori’s Statement to the House Committee on Oversight regarding Religious Freedom

I anticipate the bishop's analogy in my October 14, 2011 Catholic Thing essay, "President Obama: Ex-Liberal." Here is the text of Bishop Lori's statement: … [Read more...]

Apple Doesn’t Like the Tridentine Mass?

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I just ordered a new iPod Touch. I took the engraving option, and asked for this to be inscribed on the back:et cum spiritu tuoBut Apple refused to honor my request. Here's the message I received:"Inappropriate message text."So, instead I ordered this to be engraved on the back:Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinnerIt does have the advantage of being a bit more ecumenical than my first choice. … [Read more...]

Chuck Colson Schools Rush Limbaugh

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From Left Behind to Right Behind: Denny Burk’s review of Mark and Grace Driscoll’s “Real Marriage.”

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Just read Denny Burk's enlightening review of Mark and Grace Discoll's Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship & Life (Thomas Nelson, 2012).  The Rev. Driscoll, a committed Calvinist, is a well-known megachurch pastor in the Seattle area.  If Driscoll's book is Evangelicalism's answer to John Paul II's Theology of the Body, Evangelicalism has no idea what the question is.  Here's an excerpt from Burk's review:  "Although some Christian authors comment on the ethics of a husband sod … [Read more...]

Journeys of Faith, to be released on Tuesday, March 6

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Tomorrow, March 6, Zondervan (a subsidiary of Harper Collins Publishers) officially releases the book  Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism, edited by Robert L. Plummer (with a forward by my fellow Patheos blogger, Scot McKnight). I am one of the four main contributors, presenting in my chapter an account of my return to Catholicism.My chapter is followed by a response by Gregg R. Allison of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I then in tu … [Read more...]


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