Neuhaus’ Law and Beckwith’s Law

John Finnis, Fr. Neuhaus, yours truly, & Jeffrey Stout at Princeton in 2003. We were part of panel discussion at a conference on religion and secularism

"Beckwith's Law" is the title of  the latest column I published over at The Catholic Thing. It concerns what I have dubbed, unsurprisingly,  "Beckwith's Law": Whenever a practitioner of a traditional vice appeals to the right of privacy as the justification for the state to leave him alone to engage in that vice, he will inevitably demand that the state require that those who morally disapprove of his practice cooperate with it, either materially or formally. My column begins this way: The l … [Read more...]

Obamacare Death Spiral Blog

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Called the "ACA Death Spiral blog," I just came across it via the Faculty Lounge blog. It is run by Seth Chandler, a law professor at the University of Houston Law Center. It seems like a real good resource to understand some of the complicated issues that are arising as a consequence of the Affordable Care Act. Here's how Professor Chandler introduced his blog in his first post (13 November 2013): This blog is going to chronicle what I believe will be the implosion of the Affordable Care Act.   … [Read more...]

My new article in Ratio Juris: “Justificatory Liberalism and Same-Sex Marriage”

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Earlier this week I was informed that my article, "Justificatory Liberalism and Same-Sex Marriage," has just been published in the journal Ratio Juris: An International Journal of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law 26.4 (December 2013): 487-509. Here is the abstract of the article: Supporters of Justificatory Liberalism (JL)—such as John Rawls and Gerard Gaus—typically maintain that the state may not coerce its citizens on matters of constitutional essentials unless it can provide public justif … [Read more...]

November 9 – My Late Grandmother’s 100th Birthday

Tomorrow, November 9, would have been the 100th birthday of my maternal grandmother, Frances Guido, who died in 2002. (To the right is a picture of her in the 1930s when she served as her niece's sponsor for Confirmation. Below is a picture of my Grandmother and my sister, Lizzie, from the early 1980s, standing on the stoop of my Grandma's Brooklyn home). In Return to Rome, I write about my Grandmother and the years I lived with her (1984-1987) while I was studying for my PhD at Fordham … [Read more...]

C. S. Lewis 50th Memorial Conference Week at Baylor: Nov. 18, 22-23

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This is the very first conference sponsored by Baylor's Program in Philosophical Studies of Religion (PPSR), a newly formed academic unit in Baylor's Institute for Studies in Religion. My esteemed colleague, Trent Dougherty, and I serve as PPSR's co-directors.Here's the conference itinerary from its web page: C.S. Lewis may be best known for his literary works, The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Mere Christianity but the Irish-Born philosopher, English professor and … [Read more...]

UK Telegraph: US ‘spied on future Pope Francis during Vatican conclave’

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Read about it here. Wonder how many breaches of the confessional our government participated in?  … [Read more...]

Malcolm & Alwyn: The World Needs Jesus

This song was released 40 years ago by my favorite Christian music duo, Malcolm & Alwyn. They influence of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Simon & Garfunkel is all over their work. (I imagine that Pope Francis would love this song) … [Read more...]

Another Protestant Theologian on Reformation Day: Timothy George

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Here is my latest entry in my week-long commemoration of Reformation Day (October 31).In an October 30, 2009 piece published in First Things, Timothy George offers a different Protestant perspective on Reformation Day than the one offered by Stanley Hauerwas, about which I blogged yesterday.  A friend with whom I have participated in several public dialogues concerning Evangelicals and Catholics, George is the Dean of the Beeson Divinity Schoolat Samford University in Birmingham, … [Read more...]

Protestant Theologian Stanley Hauerwas on Reformation Sunday

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Stanley Hauerwas in one of America's truly great public intellectuals, and perhaps the most influential theologian alive today. The Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Studies at Duke Divinity School, Hauerwas is a Protestant.  On Reformation Sunday 1995, he delivered a sermon that began in the following way: I must begin by telling you that I do not like to preach on Reformation Sunday. Actually I have to put it more strongly than that. I do not like Reformation Sunday, period. I do not … [Read more...]

Essays on the relationship between Evangelicals and Catholics

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In this latest installment for the week of Reformation Day (October 31), what follows are links to a few articles of mine in which I discuss the relationship between Evangelicals and Catholics.“Evangelical Catholicism and Being an Ambassador for Christ.”  The Catholic Thing (1 March 2013) “Evangelicals, Catholics, and the Ecumenism of Conviction.” The Catholic Thing (23 November 2012) “The Perils of Intra-Christian Apologetics.” The Catholic Thing (1 October 2010) ”Evangelical Catholic … [Read more...]


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