Court Jesters & the Culture of Death: Exposing the Vacuous Thought Experiment of Paul Tomlinson

In this recent Salon article, Paul Rosenberg advances a thought experiment introduced by writer Paul Tomlinson, that both believe to be utterly devastating to the pro-life position. According to Rosenberg, not only does Tomlinson refute the pro-life position, he also exposes the entire movement for being made up of hypocritical liars motivated by a desire … Continue reading Court Jesters & the Culture of Death: Exposing the Vacuous Thought Experiment of Paul Tomlinson

Mises, Eugenics, & the Culture of Death

On page 668 of Human Action, Ludwig von Mises says, “Those fighting birth control want to eliminate a device indispensable for the preservation of peaceful human cooperation and the social division of labor. Where the average standard of living is impaired by the excessive increase in population figures, irreconcilable conflicts of interests arise. Each individual … Continue reading Mises, Eugenics, & the Culture of Death

The Catholic Church & Capital Punishment

“Between 1796 and 1865, Giovanni Battista Bugatti executed 516 condemned criminals, more than four-fifths for murder. Some of them were hanged, some guillotined, and some decapitated with an ax. In the case of especially heinous crimes, the methods of execution were harsher. Some criminals had their heads crushed with a mallet, after which their throats … Continue reading The Catholic Church & Capital Punishment

St. Bonaventure’s View of Natural Law

“The eternal law is the ultimate rule or measure of all human activity. Augustine identifies the eternal law with God’s wisdom. He writes: ‘That law which is named supreme wisdom cannot be otherwise understood than as unchangeable and eternal.’ This identification of the eternal law with divine wisdom and thus with the divine mind has … Continue reading St. Bonaventure’s View of Natural Law

Anarcho-Capitalism & Moral Subjectivism

In a recent article I examined the incompatibility of Catholic social doctrine and the Austrian school. I would like to further examine this topic by addressing how some of the followers of the Austrian school generally, and the Rothbardian anarcho-capitalist flavor specifically, argue on behalf of their views. Not only are the Rothbardian political philosophical … Continue reading Anarcho-Capitalism & Moral Subjectivism

Is/Ought & Public Policy – Updated

Issues concerning sexuality and gender identity are often assumed to be matters of science, rather than philosophical interpretations of science. This presupposition embedded in our culture rests upon an incongruous inheritance of Enlightenment theories of metaphysics, epistemology, and postmodern reactions against Enlightenment rationality. The metaphysical inheritance of the Enlightenment is the united natural philosophy of … Continue reading Is/Ought & Public Policy – Updated

Good Without God?

When it is said that morality does not "come from religion," but comes from us, that it is a human artifact, so to speak, an underlying misunderstanding is taking place. Moreover, I am unaware of a serious "religious" thinker that has denied the human aspect of morality. The Catholic perspective is that morality is associated with … Continue reading Good Without God?

After Virtue & The New Saint Benedict

"It is always dangerous to draw too precise parallels between one historical period and another; and among the most misleading of such parallels are those which have been drawn between our own age in Europe and North America and the epoch in which the Roman empire declined into the Dark Ages. Nonetheless certain parallels there … Continue reading After Virtue & The New Saint Benedict

Debating Abortion & Public Policy

When debating the legality of abortion with an atheist there is often a rhetorical sleight of hand that takes place. Instead of framing the debate as a disagreement on the moral and legal treatment of the unborn child, the issue becomes a conflict between secularism and religion. The atheist may argue that the pro-life position … Continue reading Debating Abortion & Public Policy

The Perfectibility of Human Nature

The perfectibility of human nature is only possible with divine intervention. The Incarnate Christ is the intervention needed to redeem a fallen human race. The sacrifice of the holy Mass, by partaking in the Eucharist, is how we are united to the propitiatory sacrifice of the Cross. The Real Presence of the body, blood, soul, … Continue reading The Perfectibility of Human Nature