Liberalism claims to have emerged as a peacemaking power onto a world ravaged by religiously motivated wars between Catholics and Protestants. Judith Shklar tells the common tale, writing: Liberalism… was born out of the cruelties of the religious civil wars, which forever rendered the claims of Christian charity a rebuke to all religious institutions and … Continue reading Against Religious Freedom
I've written before here that liberalism's aspirations to an unbiased public space that eschews troublesome particularities by bracketing questions of religion and morality is an aspiration to tyranny. However, it's never occurred to me until now that the greatest argument against the terrorists of tolerance is the success of their own rhetoric. In recent years, … Continue reading The Rhetoric of Gay Rights
It is at times difficult for me to see why the feminist movement should be given the slightest sympathy. If being a feminist means that you think women have dignity equal to men and that women are capable of intellectual and moral achievements just as great as those of men, then yes I am a … Continue reading Men vs. Modernity
"The Newer Vainglory " Two men went up to pray; and one gave thanks, Not with himself - aloud, With proclamation, calling on the ranks of an attentive crowd Thank God, I clap not my humble breast, But other ruffians' backs, Imputing crime - such is my tolerant haste - To any man that … Continue reading The Newer Vainglory
"A gross error it is to think that regal power ought to serve for the good of the body and not of the soul, for men's temporal peace and not their eternal safety; as if God had ordained Kings for no other purpose than to fat up men's souls like hogs and to see that … Continue reading Citizens Without Selves
This is a post about British philospoher Mary Midgley's book, The Myths We Live By. It's a good book filled with tons of sturdy good sense. It's hardly a harbringer of revolution in the philosphical world or a candidate for greatest book of the decade but it touches on some very imporant points and lucidly presents … Continue reading The Importance of Being Biased
This is a blog devoted to reflection upon theology. However, as I shall soon make clear, a blog devoted to writing about theology is a blog that must be devoted to writing about everything. Theology is a reverent and prayerful reflection upon God’s self-disclosure in revelation received in the bottomless depths of one’s silence in … Continue reading What Is This Blog? What Is Theology?