Religion

3 Ways to Spot an Ideologue

In "The End of Ideology," Daniel Bell defined ‘ideology’ as “a set of beliefs... [that] seek to transform the whole of a way of a life."

Surgeons in Canada are Harvesting Organs from Euthanised Patients

University of Ottawa professor Jennifer A. Chandler pointed out that combining organ donation with euthanasia could be ethically problematic.

FBI Agent Posing as Islamic Radical Was at the Scene of ISIS Terror Attack, 60 Minutes Reveals

The FBI declined to be interviewed by 60 Minutes, providing just a terse, one-sentence reply.

The Foundation of Neil Gorsuch’s Judicial Philosophy

Neil Gorsuch’s judicial philosophy, based heavily on natural law theory, was inspired by his intellectual mentor at Oxford University.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Islamists Won’t Thank Liberals for Being Nice or PC

“Islamists want a Sharia compliant society,” Ayaan Hirsi Ali said. “Whoever is in their way is their enemy."

John Milton's Lucifer: The Reason People Like Him

It stems from ‘Paradise Lost,’ and there is a simple explanation as to why many identify with John Milton’s Satan.

6 Questions to Ask to Determine if You're an Alienated Soul

How are we to know who is and who isn’t an alien? And, most creepy of all, how do we know if we might be aliens ourselves?

How J.R.R. Tolkien Used Middle-Earth to Reveal Who We Are

Tolkien allows us to find ourselves in Middle-earth, seeing ourselves reflected in the characters and the lessons they teach us.

Steve Jobs on Why He Hated Pornography

His answer was a bit confusing, but the response sheds light on an important philosophical dilemma of our age. 

Hypocrisy: 3 Telltale Signs of it

Hypocrites often fall into these three traps.

Does Empathy Have a 'Dark Side'?

Philosopher Jesse Prinz has argued that empathy is prejudiced and leads to “moral myopia.”

CIA Analysts Love to Read French Philosophy

In 1950, the CIA established a headquarters in Paris and employed an army of operatives to recruit anti-Marxist intellectuals. 

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Ash Wednesday Faux Pas: 'Professor, you’ve got dirt on your forehead.'

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” A quick introduction to Ash Wednesday so you don’t embarrass yourself like I did.

E.B. White’s Touching Letter to Man Who Lost Hope in Humanity

On March 30, 1973, the 'Charlotte's Web' author wrote a beautiful note to a dispirited man who had last all faith in humanity.

Philosopher Roger Scruton on 'The Virtue of Irrelevance'

According to Scruton, an education who truly respects a child will instill him with the values which have today become irrelevant.

Dear Professor Tirrell: Speech isn’t Toxic, People Are

Speech does hurt people’s feelings. But it isn’t the speech itself that’s toxic. It’s the people engaged in the discourse.

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?

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