Why Are Liberals So Condescending? Reaching back into my left-liberal days in grad school, I recall many cocktail party conversations with my fellow-travelers. The target of our ire was the entrenched "white male dominated culture of western values" in the academic study of literature. Of course, this bled over into our politics as well. Unfortunately, we chose to adopt various versions of deconstructionism and Marxist ideology to uproot these scalawags. Though we often differed on the details of how to carry out our Utopian revolution, we never argued over one essential point: conservatives were beyond stupid; they were evil.
Fisking the pro-abort hysterical overreaction to the pro-life Tebow Superbowl ad. Can you say "clueless"?
As an academic, a philosopher-in-training, I thrive on discussion. It's just what we do. When it comes to ecumenical dialogue, I'm all for it. Talking to other religions and other Christian bodies is not only a good idea, it's a moral duty. However, Cardinal Kasper's latest idea is a really, really bad one: the Ecumenical Catechism. I have visions of the CCC being replaced on seminary bookshelves all over the world. Talk about the rise of an alternative magisterium!
Should Catholic Charities be in the business of providing a needle exchange for heroin addicts?
The Boy Scout Handbook: the most conservative book published in America? With sources in virtue ethics and Stoicism, just maybe. Though I think "conservative" is the wrong label here.
The mind of Ratzinger and the heart of Roncalli: Italian Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture. John Allen profiles one of the Vatican's rising stars. (H/T: New Advent).
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