How to Talk to Atheists with Clarity and Confidence

How to Talk to Atheists with Clarity and Confidence

By Brandon Vogt

Back in 2013, at the height of the so-called “New Atheism,” I realized that many young people were being drawn into this movement, swayed by poor arguments and heated rhetoric, in particular through the internet. That group included a lot of young Catholics who were never taught rational reasons to believe in God and had thus come to believe that religious belief was little more than superstition.

Our Hidden Treasure: The Catholic Vision of History

Our Hidden Treasure: The Catholic Vision of History

By Dr. Timothy T. O’Donnell

History viewed through the lens of the Incarnation reveals God’s Providence at work in the world. The Incarnation offers a vision of history in tune with reality and through which different civilizations, cultures, and all human actions down through the centuries can best be understood.

Three Sane Decisions to Help You Save Your Soul

Three Sane Decisions to Help You Save Your Soul

By Fr. Robert Spitzer

Allow me to share three decisions with you that I make every single day; products of my experience of Catholic education, as a student, also as a professor, and as a university president. They are in stark contrast to the world. They are the light of Christ, in my view. But because of the strength of the popular culture, I have to remind myself of them every single morning when I get up.

The Scandal of Uneducated College Graduates

The Scandal of Uneducated College Graduates

By Dale Ahlquist

The rise of incomplete thinking has been marked over the last several decades by a near-total loss of true humanities studies at many colleges and universities. It’s a terrible scandal that, without authentic humanities education, universities around the world are manufacturing cohort after cohort of uneducated people.

Understanding and Responding to Our Transgender Moment

Understanding and Responding to Our Transgender Moment

By Dr. Ryan Anderson

America is in the midst of what has been called a “transgender moment.” In the space of a year, transgender issues went from something that most Americans had never heard of to a cause claiming the mantle of civil rights.

Sacred Architecture and the Meaning of Community

Sacred Architecture and the Meaning of Community

By Rev. Paul D. Scalia

Most Sundays I celebrate Mass at Saint Raymond of Peñafort Parish in Springfield, Virginia. During the Liturgy of the Word, as the priest is at the chair, I find myself gazing at the enormous, beautiful stained-glass window in the north transept, opposite the priest’s chair.

Is Catholic Ireland Dead?

Is Catholic Ireland Dead?

By Dr. Timothy O’Donnell

During his historic visit to Ireland in 1979, Pope St. John Paul II prophetically warned the 300,000 people gathered in Limerick for Mass: “Lay people today are called to a strong Christian commitment: to permeate society with the leaven of the Gospel, for Ireland is at a point of decision in her history.”

A Pilgrim on the Road of Life

A Pilgrim on the Road of Life

By Associate Justice Clarence Thomas

It is an honor to be with these students. What a wonderful group. I looked around and I saw these statues and icons, the pictures of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, and I realized I was in a Catholic school. It encouraged me to put “JMJ” at the top of my speech.

The Paradox of Wars and Culture Wars

The Paradox of Wars and Culture Wars

By David D. Corey

For the past thirty or more years, Americans have been embroiled in a seemingly endless conflict called the “culture wars.” The phrase was made famous by University of Virginia sociologist James Davison Hunter, and it refers to the clash between traditional and progressive values that has been playing out not only in our political institutions, but also in every nook and cranny of our society: in colleges and universities, in advertising, in movies, and even in our churches.

Illegal Immigration: A Legal and Moral Analysis

Illegal Immigration: A Legal and Moral Analysis

By Rev. Stephen F. McGraw
& Rev. Donald J. Planty, Jr.

Although immigration policy often seems one of the most divisive issues in American politics, a new consensus may be emerging. American voters now overwhelmingly support granting legal status to illegal immigrants.

The Supernatural Foundation of Charity

The Supernatural Foundation of Charity

By Gary A. Anderson

Modern advocates for social justice sometimes fear that prioritizing traditional practices of almsgiving can undercut more substantial and far-reaching projects to construct a just society in which the need for alms would disappear.

Saudi Arabia, Salafism, and U.S. Foreign Policy

Saudi Arabia, Salafism, and U.S. Foreign Policy

By Gabriel Said Reynolds

When the April 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and a group of nations including the United States was concluded, the Obama administration scrambled to assure Saudi Arabia (Iran’s rival in the Middle East) of American friendship.

The Christian Understanding of the Human Person

The Christian Understanding of the Human Person

By Gerhard Cardinal Müller

With the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World Gaudium et Spes, the Second Vatican Council formulated the “Magna Carta” for integral human development. The Church sees herself as a part of humanity, intimately connected to the “joys and the hopes, the sadness and the anguish of the human person today.”

Faith and Marriage: Better Together?

Faith and Marriage: Better Together?

By W. Bradford Wilcox

Over the next decade, count on the press, academics, and pop culture icons to take a more negative view of religion in American life. This opposition has been driven by a variety of factors, such as the rise of the “new atheism” and conservative Christian alliances with the Republican Party and with President Donald Trump.

A People Without Melody

A People Without Melody

By Kurt Poterack

As a college music professor, I am asked from time to time by students what I think of this or that popular song or songwriter. Lyrics aside, I like to think that I can speak with some authority on the music itself, having a masters and doctorate in music composition.

Clinton, Trump, and the Politics of the English Language

Clinton, Trump, and the Politics of the English Language

By Ben Reinhard

Worrying about words may well seem like a frivolous luxury at this stage in the history of the Republic. We have, after all, recently witnessed the end of the most divisive election season in recent memory, waged between two of the most polarizing candidates in the history of the presidency.

Technology and the Language of Bodily Presence

Technology and the Language of Bodily Presence

By Mary Stanford

Though purveyors of modern technology boast of connecting the world like never before, human beings, paradoxically, are finding themselves in a state of near-pathological disconnection from one another. Why are our young people struggling to converse, concentrate, and create when they have been equipped with state-of-the-art tools designed to stimulate them socially as well as intellectually?

The Liberal Origins of the Pro-Life Movement

The Liberal Origins of the Pro-Life Movement

By Daniel K. Williams

This year’s sharply differing Democratic and Republican platform statements on abortion reflect a partisan polarization on the issue that surprises no one. Ideological bifurcation between pro-choice liberals and pro-life conservatives has continued for so long that the pro-life movement’s origin as a liberal cause has been almost entirely forgotten.

Critical Thinking and the Culture of Skepticism

Critical Thinking and the Culture of Skepticism

By R. R. Reno

It is not possible to overstate the overemphasis on critical thinking in higher education. I have been to faculty meetings devoted to defining curricular goals. The discussion quickly becomes intense.

ISIS and Its Historical Context

ISIS and Its Historical Context

By Brendan J. McGuire

In recent months, the horrifying spectacles associated with the rise of ISIS have been seared into the consciousness of the Western world. In a manner freakish to most Westerners, the organization has continually publicized its own brutality, with professionally produced videos and slick periodicals in Western languages bragging of beheadings, crucifixions, and the enslavement of young girls.

The Future for Defenders of Marriage

The Future for Defenders of Marriage

By Ryan T. Anderson

With its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court has now completed the sexual revolution by redefining our civilization’s primordial institution. It has cut marriage’s link to procreation and declared sex differences meaningless.

The Treasure of Laudato Si’

The Treasure of Laudato Si’

By Christopher J. Thompson

And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old” (Matthew 13:52).

A Father’s Presence in the Home

A Father’s Presence in the Home

By John A. Cuddeback

The highest court in the land has now redefined that which is beyond redefinition. In the face of woeful marriage statistics, appalling portrayals of marriage in the arts and entertainment, and mounting negative political and legal pressures, defenders of marriage find themselves falling back, fighting simply to salvage the freedom to articulate, yea even to live, basic aspects of traditional marriage.

Building Christian Culture amid a Crisis of Learning

Building Christian Culture amid a Crisis of Learning

By Robert Louis Wilken

We live at a time when the wisdom of the past is being discarded, even scorned. What was built up over centuries is now gradually and systematically dismantled, as the humanities are pushed to the margins of higher education.

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