Weekend Reading

detail allegory of good government

We begin with two articles by Edward Feser and Joseph M. Bessette that defends past teaching of the Church on capital punishment and why it cannot be reversed, and why capital punishment is still necessary, at Catholic World Report.

In the wake of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, Hadley Arkes exposes the interpretive shell game involved in ‘tiers of scrutiny’ at the LibertyLaw blog, while at SCOTUSBlog, Erika Bachiochi considers the proposition that Hellerstedt may be the Roe of this generation.

Gilbert Meilaender, First Things, surmises that being a burden on one’s family, when most vulnerable, might just be a blessing for all concerned.

Melissa Moschella on the deadliness of ‘doing it’,a review of How, When, and Why Procreation May Be Permissible by Rivka Weinberg, and Matthew Tuininga on the problem of gender studies, both at Public Discourse.

Liberalism is failing badly. S. Adam Seagrave, while reviewing Kim R. Holmes new book, The Closing of the Liberal Mind, considers the causes of liberalism’s failure in terms of its attitude to nature and reason, while Edward Feser, at his place, do so in the light of its attitude to the five natural inclinations.

R. R. Reno on the sources of bigot-baiting, at First Things.

No, no, evidence of abstract thought in animals other than human beings is greatly exaggerated, Michael Egnor explains why.

The reader may be interested in the latest issue of the European Conservative.

The Witherspoon Institute has established an invaluable reference on the natural law, natural rights, and American Constitutionalism.

Lastly, for your amusement, a history of cosmology, from Aristarchus to Einstein.

Picture: Detail of ‘The Allegory of Good Government’ (1339) by Ambrogio Lorenzetti.

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