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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Famous Atheist Wonders: Could We Become Cannibals in the Future?

If made more palatable, could cannibalism become a thing in the future? The world’s most famous atheist, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, raised this question in a tweet earlier this week. Dawkins’ tweet was prompted by an article in...

On Specialization and Psychotics

Aspiring writers are frequently told that they should “become an expert in one thing” if they hope to someday make it big. However, in our hyper-specialized modern society, the advice is fitting for just about any profession. The path to...

Christians Can Be ‘Secular’, Too

When most people hear the word “secular,” they associate it with those who either don’t believe in God or don’t attend church and pray on a regular basis. That’s one of the meanings of the term described by Charles Taylor in his monumental work A...

Do Not Get a PhD in the Liberal Arts, Unless…

I have a Ph.D. in Theology. I’m happy I have the Ph.D., and it’s been useful to me both in my thinking and writing. But would I have gone on for a Ph.D. knowing what I do now? Probably not. Recently, my friend Dave Deavel published an op-ed in...

Is Western Civilization Committing Suicide?

In the past century there have been numerous thinkers who have outlined the signs of the decline of Western Civilization. We have mentioned many of them in articles for Intellectual Takeout: Richard Weaver, Georges Bernanos, Alasdair MacIntyre,...

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...

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