Media Dust, Ethics, and Truth in a pandemic

Media Dust, Ethics, and Truth in a pandemic

A frivolous amount of media dust has arisen regarding a proper name for the virus turned pandemic. Some say it’s wrong if the name offends anyone. Others callout leaders for not being politically correct in the name they use.  But there’s no ethical merit in naming a thing according to whether or not it offends.…
The Dire Need for the “Wisdom Books”

The Dire Need for the “Wisdom Books”

“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of every human being.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13) Many of the headlines and pundits over the past 20-30 years state the same mantra, that “this country has lost its moral compass”, or that we…
The Link Between Atheists, Agnostics and Mass Shooters

The Link Between Atheists, Agnostics and Mass Shooters

After two more horrific, senseless and random killing sprees worldwide — one in New Zealand and the other in the Netherlands — the media and the world once again ask the questions, “Who is doing this?” and “How can we prevent it?” Just recently, in New Zealand, a self-proclaimed “eco-fascist” murdered 50 Muslims attending a…
Question: “Why do no miracles occur nowadays?”

Question: “Why do no miracles occur nowadays?”

“Why, it is asked, do no miracles occur nowadays, such as occurred in former times?” wrote Saint Augustine of Hippo, who lived from 354 to 430 A.D.. This same question asked in the early 5th century is not so different from one asked by thousands of Christians throughout the world today. People often wish they…
Fackenheim’s Law and the Current Catholic Crisis

Fackenheim’s Law and the Current Catholic Crisis

First Things—The medieval Jewish sage Maimonides counted 613 commandments, or mitzvot, in the Law that God gave his people, Israel. The 20th-century Jewish philosopher Emil Fackenheim, who escaped the Nazis’ genocidal clutches and devoted part of his scholarly life to pondering the moral meaning of the Holocaust, formulated what he called the 614th commandment: Give…
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