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July 26, 2014
Welcome to the Cafeteria: The Catholic Showdown Started Long Ago
Pope Francis has obviously turned up the volume on a number of issues, and this...
July 19, 2014
Images of a Past Still Present: When Children Become Objects
There was a time, not too long ago, when adults heckled children --- protesting the...
July 15, 2014
“The incendiary scene reminded me of Nativist mobs” — Dolan on the Dignity of Immigrants
Yesterday, Timothy Cardinal Dolan posted a brief note at his site where he unambiguously reprimands...
July 08, 2014
A Christian Case Against the Literal Reading of Scripture
If being a Christian is to be a follower of Jesus Christ, then it follows...
July 04, 2014
A House is Not a Home: Domestic Church and the Art of Homemaking
This is part of the Patheos Catholic summer symposium, anticipating the Church's "Synod for the Family"...
July 01, 2014
One Question Answered (and Raised Again) by SCOTUS
I love reading Supreme Court decisions and dissents. They are without rival in US public...
June 26, 2014
Against Best Practices and Unintentional Philistinism
PEG has penned another fine rejoinder to my last, rather tedious, reply. I appreciate his...
June 23, 2014
Tupac Shakur, the Real C.S. Lewis, and My Dad: A Review of “Something Other Than God”
"I folded my hands, leaned my head forward, and poured out the most sincere prayer...
June 22, 2014
Two Catholic Pragmatists Walk Into Bar: Illich vs. Montessori
My latest and longest reply to my esteemed Patheos colleague, Pascal Emanuel Gobry. My doctoral...
June 18, 2014
Against Methods: The Arts of the Ordinary
This is another reply to Pascal Emanuel Gobry, in particular to his recent reply to me...
June 17, 2014
What Can Go Wrong With Classical, Great Books, and Montessori?
I've written this post in reply to my esteemed Patheos colleague, Pascal Emmanuel Gobry, inspired...
June 02, 2014
“Moronic Manhood” at Ethika Politika
My essay on manhood at Ethika Politika is something I've wanted to write for many,...
May 28, 2014
A Beautiful Teacher: A Tribute to Maya Angelou
I had the opportunity to listen to Maya Angelou on February 28, 2010, at a...
May 26, 2014
The Perils of Private Consensus: Or, In Praise of Mommy Blogs
(Preface) My previous post, "Fear of Generosity," comes dangerously close, I fear, to self-help. It...
May 14, 2014
Fear of Generosity
If you speak to someone about something controversial, like abortion or war, in intimate and...
May 02, 2014
When the Soul Gets Blues, The Blues Get Soul
My socks, underwear, and toiletries are stuffed into two guitar cases and a 1945 tube...
April 25, 2014
A Hesitant Defense of Cliven Bundy
I've stayed away from the Bundy story until now. It seemed like the latest bit...
April 14, 2014
#GodsNotDead Soars on Bald Eagle Wings: Or, Postmortem Apologetics
WARNING: Spoilers abound (not that they really matter). (Preface) As a film, a work of...
April 09, 2014
“No Exit Catholicism” at Ethika Politika
I've been considering the role of more indirect and oblique routes in building a sense...
March 21, 2014
Don’t Miss “The Image of God,” Tomorrow!
Tomorrow, in Portland, OR, two of my great loves — Terrence Malick's masterpiece, The Tree...
March 12, 2014
Pope Francis Against Ideology
A short break in my ongoing attempt to Kickstart my debut album, LATE TO LOVE....
March 08, 2014
Profane Praise: On Estuary Music
The expression for 'fresh water' in Spanish is agua dulce — sweet water. I always liked that way...
February 25, 2014
How to (Not) Destroy Catholic Art
Catholic art is destroyed at the exact point in which it becomes necessary to...
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...
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...
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