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Religion and Politics

Those subscribers to StAR with a long memory might remember that the latest of article of mine published by the Imaginative Conservative was originally an editorial in the St. Austin Review:  http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/07/yes-lets-talk-religion-politics.html
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Martyred at Mass

StAR columnist, Fr. Benedict Kiely, has written an excellent article about yesterday’s martyrdom of the Catholic priest in Normandy:  http://www.lifezette.com/faithzette/a-martyr-the-world-must-remember/
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NFP Cartoons

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Friend Ellen Hrkach, wife, mother of five, author, publisher, speaker, marketing director, NFP instructor, blogger (I can’t remember everything she does!) has an artist husband with a sense of humor. Here are some of his NFP cartoons from her website: > > https://ellengable.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/nfp-humor-nfpawarenessweek/
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Science versus Scientism

What’s the difference between science and scientism? Why is one always good and the other always bad? These questions are discussed in my latest article for Intellectual Takeout: intellectualtakeout.org/blog/science-versus-scientism
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Faith Flicks: Sources of Inspiration or Despair?

It seems that there is something stirring in the movie-making business as of late. Namely, religious themes are reappearing on the radar in a more positive light to appease the niche counter-cultural audience that has proven it still carries some clout at the ticket booth. Even if it’s just a matter of throwing them a bone for cash rewards, the effects are still perceivable in the long view from the bleachers. As a Catholic Christian…
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A Lightning Tour of Poetry & Praise

My latest piece for the Imaginative Conservative, originally published in the St. Austin Review, is a panoramic overview of the history of Christian poetry: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/07/lightning-tour-poetry-praise.html
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Islam versus Feminism

What happens when religious freedom affronts feminist sensibility? This is the question that I ask and attempt to answer in my latest article for Intellectual Takeout: http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/when-religious-freedom-and-gender-equality-collide
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Book Club Suggestions

I’ve received an enquiry from someone who has recently started a book club with a group of non-Christians. He asked me for suggestions for books that would be good for such a group, i.e. classic literature without overt Christian preachiness. Here are my suggestions:   As for suggestions for your book club, I think you are on the right lines with the authors you mention. Anything by Dickens, Austen or Dostoyevsky would work. I would…
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Turning Multiculturalism on its Head

When is multiculturalism not multiculturalism? My latest piece for the Imaginative Conservative endeavours to answer the conundrum: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/07/turning-multiculturalism-head.html
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Imperialism versus Democracy

My latest article for the Imaginative Conservative looks at the thoughtlessness that makes doublethink possible: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/07/new-imperialism-death-democracy.html
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Nine Days of News

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With All the awful news of the past nine days – in Dallas, Nice, Turkey, and elsewhere, it’s good to announce the culmination of the Novena: Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Carmelites everywhere rejoice. You may also enjoy the beautiful Flos Carmeli: https://youtu.be/bTBNt1ortDA?t=2
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Paul VI, Duns Scotus, and Dramatic License

Fifty years ago, on 14 July, 1966, Pope Paul VI issued an Apostolic Letter, Alma parens, marking the 700th anniversary of the birth of John Duns Scotus.  Although Scotus’ argument in favor of belief in the Immaculate Conception of Mary influenced Pope Pius IX’s Apostolic Constitution of 1854 defining that dogma, Alma parens was the first papal document on Scotus. On 20 March, 1993, Pope John Paul II beatified Scotus, and on 7 July, 2010,…