Conclave: The making of a pope

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Daily Conclave Report

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Robert Royal, editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing, the online magazine to which I contribute every two weeks, is publishing a Daily Conclave Report from Rome over at The Catholic Thing. Bob will also be offering commentary on EWTN. … [Read more...]

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Benedict, Dawkins, and the Fullness of Reason

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here are some excerpts: Within hours of Pope Benedict’s announcement that he would resign the papacy, confirmation of the truth of those  theological insights [from his Regensberg address] came rushing through cyberspace in a variety of comments issued by the Holy Father’s most hostile critics. It would be a mistake to say that the irony was lost on these pundits, since the irony was never within their grasp to begin with … [Read more...]

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New word: Posligence

The opposite of negligence. With negligence, someone acts in a way inconsistent with his duty and that results in a harm to another person that the actor did not intend. With posligence, someone acts in a way, consistent or inconsistent with his duty, that nevertheless results in a good to another person that the actor did not intend. An example:  Jones, while driving recklessly, crashed on the property of Smith. The crash causes Smith to attend to the accident, whereupon he finds a buried … [Read more...]

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How Wide is the Human Community?: Why Roe v. Wade Was Wrongly Decided

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That is the title of a talk I am giving tomorrow at 7 pm in the Memorial Drawing Room (in the Memorial Residence Hall) on the campus of Baylor University. It is sponsored by Bears for Life. What follows is the poster for the event. … [Read more...]

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Evangelicals and Abortion in the 20th Century: A Hidden History?

I recently came across a post by one of my fellow Patheos bloggers, Fred Clark.  In it, he offers this analysis of American Evangelicals and their changing views on abortion: White American evangelicals are “pro-life.” This is the single most important political aspect of American evangelicalism. It is the single most important theological aspect of American evangelicalism. And it is the paramount factor in evangelical identity for evangelicals themselves.It’s also a very recent developme … [Read more...]

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My Two Part Series on Roe v. Wade, and an extensive critique of Roe

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (22 January 2013), this month I have published a two-part series over at The Catholic Thing. You can find each part at the following links:Roe at Forty, part 1: The Court’s Failure to Address the Question of the Unborn’s Moral Status Roe at Forty, part 2: The Court’s Two Unwarranted StipulationsEven though many citizens reject  Roe v. Wade, not many know why it is so flawed. The above pieces present very brief summaries of some of thos … [Read more...]

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Roe at Forty, part 2: The Court’s Two Unwarranted Stipulations

Two weeks ago, I published over at The Catholic Thing part 1 of my two part series to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Roe. v. Wade (22 January 2013): "Roe at Forty, part 1: The Court’s Failure to Address the Question of the Unborn’s Moral Status." Part 2 was published today. Entitled, "Roe at Forty, part 2: The Court’s Two Unwarranted Stipulations," here's how it begins: Not only did Roe v. Wade’s majority opinion fail to address the question of whether the unborn human being is a moral subj … [Read more...]

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The Best Books I Read in 2012

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The Catholic World Report just published my summary of Best Books of 2012. I am one of 34 contributors to CWR's three part best books extravaganza. (See part 1, part 2, and part 3).  Here's how my entry begins: As an academic whose interests overlap so many fields, I often find myself overwhelmed by the number of important books that I ought to be reading. So, given the impossibility of completing that task, I try to select those books that I believe will help my intellectual development and … [Read more...]

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Roe at Forty, part 1: The Court’s Failure to Address the Question of the Unborn’s Moral Status

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That is the title of my most recent entry over at The Catholic Thing. It is the first of two parts, the second of which will appear at The Catholic Thing on January 18, 2013. Here's how today's entry begins: Later this month on January 22, many will commemorate, in sadness, the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that declared virtually all restrictions on abortion unconstitutional.Although prolifers reject this opinion because of its exclusion of the unborn from … [Read more...]

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President Reagan’s Address to the Nation About Christmas and the Situation in Poland, December 23, 1981

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Sandy Hook, Huckabee, and the Inscrutability of Evil

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That's the title of my recent entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: “How could God let this happen?” That was the question asked of the former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee, by Fox News host Neil Cavuto in an interview following the horrific slaughter of innocent school children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister, replied:"We ask why there’s violence in the schools, but we’ve systematically removed God from … [Read more...]

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J. R. R. Thomas Chesterton of Hippo?: Moody Publishers and Its Safely Dead Catholic Authors

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That's the title of a piece I just published over at Catholic World Report. Here's how it begins: Several months ago I was invited to contribute to a festschrift in honor of a dear friend of mine, a well-known Christian philosopher who is a professor at a well-known Evangelical university. I was, of course, eager to contribute to this volume, to honor a man who I have known, as both friend and collaborator, for over a quarter of a century. The editors, I am pleased to announce, were able to … [Read more...]

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A guide to safe sects?: Roger Olson’s list of “approved denominations.”

My colleague, Roger Olson, has published this post on his blog, "My List of `Approved Denominations.'"   One commentator says: "I’m disappointed that you have nothing to say about the Catholic and Orthodox Churches."  Roger replies: "Would any faithful Catholic or Orthodox theologian put any Protestant denominations on his or her list of approved denominations to recommend to people? Not in my experience."My answer: Roger's correct. We wouldn't, since we don't think it's up to the individual … [Read more...]

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