October 18, 2022

From time immemorial, physicians have sworn to "do no harm."  Of course, they have also sworn not to commit abortion.  Or euthanasia.  Those parts have been omitted in the many versions of the Hippocratic Oath that physicians have to take upon graduation from medical school. Some of today's physicians are vowing to oppose the "gender binary" and to honor "indigenous healing" practices.

October 17, 2022

"Gender affirming care" for children who want to be a different sex is a defining cause for woke progressives. But a doctor who specializes in such treatments is admitting that puberty blockers and hormone treatments given to pre-pubescent children will sterilize them permanently and may prevent them from ever functioning sexually.

October 14, 2022

In support of Vladimir Putin's order to mobilize Russians for the war in Ukraine, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, proclaimed that  “sacrifice in the course of carrying out your military duty cleanses away all sins.” This is the theology of Islamic jihad and the medieval crusades, both of which victimized Orthodox Christians. And it is the antithesis of the Christian gospel.

October 14, 2022

Herschel Walker, the Republican running for the Senate in Georgia, staked out a "no exceptions" position opposing abortion.  But then a report came out claiming that the pro-life football superstar paid for a girl friend's abortion. How should voters handle hypocrisy as a campaign issue? In politics, is it more important to have moral policies or to be moral oneself?

October 13, 2022

What makes "Antichrist," according to a passage from Dostoevsky's "The Idiot," is when the church seeks "universal temporal power."  This distorts Christ, says Dostoevsky, and breeds both atheism and socialism.

October 12, 2022

Dostoevsky's great novel "The Idiot," with its absorbing portrait of a "completely beautiful human being," includes a curious anti-Catholic rant, which speaks also to our contemporary issues about churches that try to exercise temporal power.

October 11, 2022

Historian Philip Jenkins notes says that there has been a great deal of scholarship about anti-Catholicism, but hardly any about anti-Protestantism, despite its vast amount and its historical significance. Luther is portrayed as the exemplar of all that is wrong with Protestantism, even though Luther attacked his fellow Protestants for some of the same reasons that the Catholics do.

October 10, 2022

The Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade might seem to be a pyrrhic victory for the pro-life cause. Backlash against it has energized the pro-abortion side, causing some Republicans and even some Christians to tone down their pro-life positions. But 14 states now have zero abortion providers, shutting down clinics that were committing 125,000 abortions per year.

October 7, 2022

A book on "wellness" as a new religion quotes the late contemporary novelist David Foster Wallace, who said that "everybody worships." But that if you worship money, things, your own body, or anything but God, it "will eat you alive." Which ties in to something Luther said.

October 7, 2022

On Tuesday, Aaron Judge hit 62 home runs, breaking Roger Maris's American League record of 61. Maris's son has called on Major League Baseball to expunge the National League record of 73 homers set by Barry Bonds, since he is widely thought to have taken performance enhancing drugs. Should that allegation take away his record?

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