Posts related to Religion
05 April 2015 - On Bakeries, Pizza Shops, Florists and Same-Sex Nuptials
Don’t be distracted. None of this is really about a nuanced view of Christianity, or about gay marriage. Rather, it’s about competing claims to the power to coerce normative values on the larger body politic.
15 April 2014 - The Nature of Faith
Religiosity, when channeled through institutions that have had millennia to develop, is mostly benign. Religiosity, divorced of anchor institutions and self-directed through political channels, is harder to manage. Harder to mediate.
25 December 2013 - Blessings, Old and New
Christmas isn’t about gifts, or decorations, or cookies or anything else. More than anything, it’s a state of mind that says two things simultaneously. First, in that ancient Christian tradition, we are invited to reflect on the miracle of life and the saving power of innocence in the face of worldly adversity. Second, we are called to impose our own meaning on the world around us, to choose to find reasons for joy … or not.
16 June 2013 - Wisdom and The Law
We break laws with impunity when we think we understand the law’s purpose and decide that some other, higher, purpose ought to trump.
02 September 2012 - Thoughts on the Moral Permissibility of Abortion
Alas, too many people engage the abortion debate at the level of bumper-sticker sloganeering; advocates and opponents alike, in too large of numbers, mindlessly shout pro-choice or pro-life sentiments without undertaking a logical inquiry into the arguments supporting their positions.
08 July 2012 - Divine-Command Ethics in a Secular World
If any particular implementation of divine-command ethics is unconstrained by institutional or cultural norms, the risk that “anything is permissible” in service to the ideological point at its core increases the relative gridlock and fragility of the political process.
22 April 2012 - Reflections on the “After Liberalism” Essays in “First Things”
The central insight into the entire question raised by McClay is that contemporary liberalism faces an existential crisis; from a purely intellectual standpoint, the progressive inheritance is largely spent, with no clear path forward for the dominant political philosophy of the Western world. The question, though, is what happens next. Can liberalism adapt and reform? Will it be supplanted by something different?
02 April 2012 - Observations re: Obamacare at SCOTUS, Contraception, Trayvon Martin, the Ryan Budget, Etch-a-Sketches & Science
Some observations about Obamacare, contraception, Trayvon Martin, the Paul Ryan budget, political Etch-a-Sketches and conservative faith in science.
13 August 2011 - Initial Thoughts About the Revised Roman Missal
This fall, the revised English translation of the Roman Missal — the big book of procedures and prayers used at Mass in Catholic churches — will take effect in most dioceses of the United States. The Missal has generated some small degree of controversy, but the translation protocols used in this document mark a substantial […]
18 June 2011 - Preferential Option for the Poor, Take Two
The spiritual and moral benefit to helping the poor comes from working the soup kitchen or rape crisis center. It doesn’t come from mere advocacy or from writing a check.