October 23, 2020

Pope Francis is being quoted as endorsing same-sex civil unions.  Though this stops short of advocating same-sex sacramental marriages, this would amount to a seismic shift in Catholic moral teachings. Read more

October 22, 2020

Tonight is the final debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, their last confrontation before the election in 12 days. I won’t be live-blogging as such, but I invite your commentary and discussion here at this post. Read more

October 22, 2020

“Fascist” is not just an all-purpose insult, or a synonym for “conservative,” or a generic right-wing dictatorship.  Rather, fascism is a distinct ideology, with its own philosophy, economic theory, political program, moral convictions, and religious worldview.  And, despite their catastrophic consequences, elements of fascism are re-emerging. Read more

October 21, 2020

Americans are highly diverse and politically polarized. But they come to a remarkable consensus across nearly all demographics when it comes to architecture. Whatever their politics, race, sex, income, or education, they overwhelmingly prefer classical to modernist styles in their public buildings. Read more

October 20, 2020

To enslave another human being requires a certain mindset.  And because slavery has been so widespread in human history, that mindset must be easy to slip into.  A scholar sees elements of the mindset that gave us slavery, ironically, in contemporary progressivism. Read more

October 19, 2020

Sperm and egg-donation, combined with surrogate-motherhood for hire, has become a big business.  Companies are using the draw of eugenics, promising babies custom-manufactured to their customers’ specifications. But such trafficking exploits both children and parents. Read more

October 16, 2020

Voters can have motivations that have little to do with the qualities of the particular candidate they decide to support–self-interest, peer pressure, loyalty, voting against a candidate, and voting one’s ideals. Read more

October 15, 2020

In deciding whom to vote for, we consider a candidate’s beliefs, policies, personal qualities, and effectiveness. But we can weigh and balance these in different ways. Read more

October 14, 2020

The reason we can’t agree with or persuade each other is not relativism, irrationalism, or the rejection of objective truth. Rather, according to a psychologist of cognition, everyone of all persuasions displays “myside bias.” That is, accepting ideas only if they correspond to our prior beliefs and those of our social group. Read more

October 13, 2020

According to the “Elements of Style” by Strunk & White, writing should always be clear, concise, and simple. But the best writing also attends to sound and rhythm. Read more

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