“Gradualism is Another Word for License.” No, It’s Not.

I keep seeing these same six words all over social media:"Gradualism is another word for license."Think so? Really? No possibility that it is the process of grace, working within us?So, no grace at work, here? an atheist-turned-nun: I was attending Mass for an entire year before I went to confession. I don’t make excuses for myself. My soul was not in the proper state to be receiving the Body and Blood of Christ, but it took time for grace to work in me in order for me to realize t … [Read more...]

The End of the Beginning

So, here we are - my time as a guest blogger here at the Anchorhold has come to an end.I have to emphasise the extent to which this whole thing came as a bolt from the blue - a random act of grace. I emailed Elizabeth to get Leah Libresco's email address because I was trying to see if she'd give a talk while she was visiting Ireland. Leah ended up doing the talk (we're still talking about it), and I ended up doing a guest post for her blog while she was over here. Then Elizabeth invited me … [Read more...]

Why Does Moral Absolutism Work (Some of the Time)?

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Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam recently had a very cordial exchange on the merits of legalising prostitution – so cordial, in fact, that they were accused of doing Twitter fights wrong.Salam was making a reluctant case based on harm reduction, which followed a familiar pattern: “people are going to buy sex anyway, and legalising it will make things safer for those selling sex.” Douthat, in defending the Swedish model (where selling sex is not criminalised, but buying is) made two arguments. Th … [Read more...]

Christian Right? Christian Left? It’s Great to Have a Christian Anything

I’ve written two posts worth of thoughts on the idea of an authentically Christian left-wing political movement, and they’ve mostly consisted of cautions and warnings – obstacles to be overcome, temptations to be avoided.That may run the risk of under-emphasising how glad I am that people are thinking about such a movement, and indeed, how glad I am that it’s possible for people of all political stripes to unabashedly talk, in mainstream media outlets, about being inspired, not just by the ch … [Read more...]

American Nephilim: Why we’re crumbling?

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It is perennially interesting to ponder who and what were Nephilim, and how instrumental were they to God's decision to wipe out humanity once upon a time. He spared only Noah and his family, who alone were still "righteous" and uncorrupted.The wondering is interesting, but never conclusive, because there are so many opinions, so many schools of thought. I read a three-part novel a while back -- one of those endtimes fictions I usually avoid but picked up at the urging of a friend, and … [Read more...]

The Good, the Bad and the Legal

Ireland was up in front of the UN Committee on Human Rights last week, and received something of a shellacking for our alleged record of human rights violation.A good deal of it was entirely deserved, but when committee members started saying that Ireland’s anti-abortion laws (still relatively strong, though recently weakened) were in violation of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (one of two 1966 treaties that put into force the Universal Declaration of Human Rights), my e … [Read more...]

That Hillary Doesn’t Realize She’s Over Says a Lot About Her

Well, we've been watching the roll-out of Hillary Clinton's latest Coy Presidential Campaign that Pretends Not to Be, and if Bertie Wooster were assessing it, he'd likely say that so far "it's come up a smeller." Despite President Obama's assertion that at some point (around half a million bucks a year or so) one has earned enough money, many of Hillary's verbal gaffes have centered around her apparent belief that she still needs to scrape and save and make do, or something. I have read, here … [Read more...]

Changing Hearts, Minds, and ‘Senses’

In the last post, we talked about ‘senses’, the gut feelings, unquestioned assumptions, and ‘unknown unknowns’ that frame our thoughts and beliefs, often deciding what we choose to accept and reject.We concluded by posing some questions: How do people form and change their narratives, their “senses”, their social imaginaries? Can it even be done? How can we know our unknown unknowns, anyway? And aren’t Catholics as sense-bound as the next guy? Not being Damon Lindelof, I try to make a habit … [Read more...]


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