Philosophy & Religion

Justice and 'Social Justice': Two Very Different Things

Americans cannot have both liberty and social justice.

How Long Does it Take to Form Good Habits?

Aristotle said rituals define who we are. But a recent study shows new habits are not easily formed.

Can the Last Really be First?

What did Jesus of Nazareth mean when he said “the last shall be first, and the first last”?

Did Dickens Foretell the Modern Women’s Movement?

Will failure to ground our grievances in rational and logical discourse lead us down the path of the French Revolution? 

Miss Manners: Trump is Making Americans Ruder

Miss Manners' mistake is to confuse virtue with good manners.

King Lear: A Tragedy on Relativism

Shakespeare's tragedy can be seen as a meditation on moral relativism, a worldview that is ultimately refuted and rejected.

Why Children Ask 'Why' (And How You Should Answer Them)

Giving a good answer to a ‘Why?’ question is not just a philosophical abstraction.

How Religion in America Differed From Religion in Europe

Alexis de Tocqueville noticed an important difference during his travels in the 1830s.  

Nietzsche Wrote Love Poems (And They Are Just What You'd Expect)

Nietzsche wrote so much about love in 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra' that it could be renamed 'Thus Spoke Romeo.'

Plato Can Help You Find Love

Love is not the solution to life’s problems, but it certainly makes them more bearable.

Catholic Church in Australia Rocked by Sex Abuse Report

The story is ghastly enough, but the media has doubled the horror.

Rational Discourse: Has Relativism Caused Its Decline?

Would we see less anger, frustration, and ostracism on college campuses and in America at large if we returned to a more objective view of truth?

Does Free Trade Lead to Freedom?

Trade between nations is good, as trade between people is good. But is free trade intrinsically good?

Diversity Can Inhibit Learning and Cognitive Growth, Study Says

A new study published in the Journal of Higher Education challenges diversity’s vaunted status. 

A Catholic Priest’s Observations on Islam—in 1851

He had some frank remarks about the treatment of Muslim women. 

Torture Cannot Be Condoned By Civilized Nations

Torture contributes to a downward spiral of retaliation into barbarism.

Immigration Lessons for President Trump from Thomas Aquinas

There has been much discourse on what responsibility Christians have to immigrants and refugees seeking new homes.

Prof Explains What’s Wrong with Today’s ‘Critical Thinking’

Recent research suggests that neither teachers nor students really understand what critical thinking is.

Why a College Democrat Activist Left the Party

It has to do with the great irony between the words and actions of the Democrat party.

Hatred of Trump Reveals the Hatred Within

Those leading the boycott may be suffering from what one author calls the Othello Principle: “The eye sees what the mind looks for.”

No, Ayn Rand Did Not Want Us to Be Selfish

Rand sold more than 30 million books. Atlas Shrugged has been ranked behind only the Bible as an influence on readers’ lives.

'Bad Things Happen For a Reason': Why People Might Want to Lose the Phrase

Many solutions to the problem of evil – called ‘theodicies’ – have been proposed.

Can the Nazis be Forgiven? Exploring the Complexities of Forgiveness

The concept of forgiveness constitutes one of the most essential fundamentals of the human relationship with God, in the Judaic tradition.

‘On Bullshit’: a text for the times

Harry Frankfurt's minor classic sheds light on the Trump phenomenon.

The Human-Pig: Is C.S. Lewis’ 1944 Prediction Coming True?

Will our efforts to manipulate mankind through science only end in dehumanizing our own selves?

Camus and Sartre: How Communism Drove them Apart

In 'The Rebel,' Camus declared for a peaceful socialism that would not resort to revolutionary violence. Sartre read the book with disgust.

‘This is Library!’: Watch a student trying to study rudely interrupt a mob of protestors

What’s he doing trying to study? Didn’t he realize he’s at a university?

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