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February 20, 2014
The Tree of Life: An Overview
Characters: Father: Brad Pitt. Mother: Jessica Chastain. Adult Eldest Son: Sean Penn. Eldest Son...
February 16, 2014
Reviewing The Faithful Traveler, on EWTN
Anyone who reads this blog with any regularity knows that I strongly dislike two...
February 13, 2014
Deschooling RED: Beyond the Fear of Failure
In 1840, Horace Mann, the first Secretary of Education in the State of New Hampshire...
February 11, 2014
Deschooling Religious Education, in Six Claims
1. Compulsory schooling came to the United States in the 18th century, during the Whig...
February 08, 2014
Deschooling Religious Ed
The ideological assumption that 'schooling' and 'education' are synonyms, that they both describe the same...
January 28, 2014
Reality and the Virtual: Relativity is not Relativism
My previous post on relativism has been mostly well received, to my great surprise. It...
January 25, 2014
The Splenda of Truth: Remarks on Relativism
Those who are greatly upset by, and concerned about, relativism usually say that they are...
January 18, 2014
Accessible Augustine: Beauty Ancient and New
I apologize for my infrequent blogging this month. Between travels, the flu, and some other...
January 08, 2014
Something Remarkable in Steubenville
I attended Franciscan University of Steubenville from 2001 to 2005; I used to play music...
December 28, 2013
GUEST POST: How David Bentley Hart Censored My Review of His New Book at First Things
NOTE: One thing I've always admired about First Things is its longstanding commitment to publishing the give-and-take...
December 21, 2013
(The late David Foster Wallace's 2005 "This Is Water" Kenyon College commencement speech drones in...
December 20, 2013
Thoughts on Phil Robertson and Duck Dynasty
I like to watch TV, which is why I don't own one. Plus, I watch...
December 19, 2013
Fear, Jealousy, and Paranoia: We Love to Wrestle
There can be good clean fun in the political give and take. The sport of...
December 19, 2013
The Harmonium Project Must Fail
The Harmonium Project is the name given to a group of students at Franciscan University...
December 17, 2013
¡No le aflojes! (from Things and Stuff)
(My first book of essays — Things and Stuff — was published in 2011 as...
December 09, 2013
Indiana Teacher of the Year Reviews the Primer UPDATED
Steve Perkins is the 2014 teacher of the year for the state of Indiana. This...
December 07, 2013
PURPLISHGREEN: A Parable of Who and What
This is an edited version of a short story I originally wrote for a "Philosophy...
December 05, 2013
Papal Marxism and Other Mental Infections: On the U.S. Reception of Evangelii Gaudium
There is a rumor going around about Pope Francis in the United States, after the...
December 01, 2013
The Educational Significance of Advent
Liturgy is mystogogical. In other words, one role of liturgy is to teach and form...
November 29, 2013
Correcting a Correction of Evangelii Gaudium, para 54. UPDATED
It is very annoying for this to be the first thing I say about Pope...
November 26, 2013
Excellent Review of My “Primer” at First Things
Stephen Webb's column at First Things today --- titled "Sam Rocha’s Strange and Startling Philosophy of...
November 25, 2013
Art Perfects Nothing: Review of “The Thorny Grace of It”
Joseph Bottum puts it plainly, here at Patheos: "Forget the culture-wars crap." He's right, and...
November 19, 2013
Discussion on the Mount?
Over at First Thoughts, there is a post titled, "The Lecture Works, and It Always...
November 16, 2013
The Wrong Correspondence
The genius of Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener" is the psychological reversal that occurs when the...
November 11, 2013
Abortion Beyond Poli-Tricks
Just over a month ago, I gave a lecture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, sponsored...
November 09, 2013
Overzealous Evangelism Sucks
I think that one reason some people don't like Pope Francis is because he doesn't...
November 07, 2013
When my children see a movie they like, they want to see it again. Immediately....
November 04, 2013
A Hellish Wit
When I see a billboard or bumper-sticker that reads "HELL IS REAL," I usually smile...
October 30, 2013
Boredom is Laziness
We live in a culture of boredom. It may seem odd that, within the most...
October 28, 2013
“A Tell-All Insincerity…”
"A tell-all insincerity..." --- this phrase has prevented me from writing here lately. A dear...
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