Month: December 2016

Disposable children

A couple of days ago I pointed out that consequences have ideas; that is, that any controversial but persistent practice, here legal abortion, will develop a set of ideas that attempt to give it rational coherence and justification. One of those…

Consequences have ideas

“I sort of jumped. ‘I haven’t had an abortion!’ I told her. I wanted to make it really clear to her that as much as I was going out and fighting for other women’s options, I myself had never had…

Christmas Reading

It is a matter of convention, that politics and religion are the two subjects to avoid in polite company. Humbug! I’m going to arm you with the appropriate reasons to persuade, awaken, or at the very least, humble, that contrary friend…

Weekday Reading

Jacques Maritain, Aquinas on the final end of human person, The Catholic Thing Bill Vallicella, A Note on Ayn Rand’s Misunderstanding of Kant, Maverick Philosopher Edward Feser, Denial flows into the Tiber, Ed Feser’s blog William Briggs, Summary Against Modern Thought: The Intellect…

Weekend Reading

Edward Feser, Why Not Annihilation? Ed Feser’s blog David Albert Jones, The injustice of destroying embryonic human beings, Mercatornet Tim Bradley, Unconscionable: Threats to Religious Freedom and Rights of Conscience in the Abortion Debate, Public Discourse R. J. Snell, Against Pious Nihilism: C.S.…

The marks of the Sexual Revolution

In a recent essay, Catherine Deveny wondered whether men should also be granted the ‘right’ of an abortion, though here only a ‘financial’ abortion; women are still to be granted not only the right of abandoning their child, but of destroying…

Weekend Reading

Bill Vallicella, On Flag Burning, Maverick Philosopher Anthony Esolen, The Church is not Putty in the Hands of ‘History‘, Crisis Michael J. Rubin, Providence College and Dr. Anthony Esolen: An Alumnus Speaks Out, Catholic World Report Robert Royal, Semper Fidel, Crisis Jim…

Denying Reality

The denial of reality continues apace. In the South Australia State Parliament yesterday, Premier Weatherill offered an apology (h/t: CL) for his state’s historical treatment of the LGBTQ community. One of the instances of purported discrimination involved the following: “People like…