Daniel Lattier

Daniel Lattier

Senior Fellow

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Dan is a Senior Fellow at Intellectual Takeout. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas (MN), and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can find his academic work at Academia.edu.

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Why Amish Romance Novels Are So Popular

In the “New and Popular” section of my local public library, there are multiple shelves dedicated to Amish romance novels. Yes, you read that correctly: Amish romance novels. As it turns out there’s quite a market, especially among evangelical...

Over-Optimistic People Aren't Just Annoying... They're Also Illogical

Do you know people like this? If someone offers a critique of the local sports team, they’ll predictably jump in to say that the team is fine and there’s nothing to worry about. If someone expresses frustration with another person, they’ll see...

‘Critical Thinking’—Everyone Talks About It; No One Seems to Know What It Means

“Critical thinking” is one of the most popular buzz words used by the education system today. Unfortunately, as education expert Martin Cothran notes, modern educators have no idea how to actually define “critical thinking skills”: “Modern...

Wendell Berry on Consumerism in America

In one of my favorite movies, 12 Monkeys, Brad Pitt’s character Jeffrey Goines is a bit crazy, and we are first introduced to him in a mental institution. But there is more than a hint of truth in the following rant he makes to Bruce Willis’...

Why Do Mormons Stockpile Food?

When apocalyptic fervor periodically whips up, many people point to the Mormons as those who are best prepared for a doomsday scenario. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) are widely known for keeping a large supply...

Why It's Best to Focus on Fixing Yourself

“Acquire a peaceful spirit, and then thousands of others around you will be saved.” This statement was made by St. Seraphim of Sarov, a Russian Orthodox monk who lived in the 18th and 19th centuries. And though it was addressed to a Christian...

Author: ‘Modern Civilization Is A Universal Conspiracy Against All Interior Life’

I came across a quote on Facebook the other day whose profundity struck me and several others. Here it is: “You understand absolutely nothing about modern civilization unless you first admit that it is a universal conspiracy against all...

Did the Catholic Church Invent Propaganda?

“The Church created propaganda.” This is the charge leveled by French philosopher and sociologist Jacques Ellul in his 1964 book The Technological Society, which now has the infamous distinction of being Unabomber Ted Kaczynski’s favorite...

A Modest Proposal to Break Up Higher Ed

Many today regard America’s college system as broken, and would like to see it broken up. As the argument goes, too many kids are being pushed toward college only to receive a substandard education that leaves them with a crushing amount of debt...

Notre Dame Prof Calls Higher Ed Today ‘Bullshit’

Every week it seems like we hear from a professor who has become disillusioned with the higher education system. The latest one is Christian Smith, professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame. Last week, his jeremiad against the modern...

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