My latest article for the Journal of the Cardinal Newman Society examines the dangerous ramifications of a decision by the President of Assumption College to kow-tow to threats of extremist violence:
The first of my articles for the Journal of the Cardinal Newman Society is a news story focusing on the place of subsidiarity and solidarity in Catholic education:
I’m delighted to announce the launch of the new online Journal of the Cardinal Newman Society, of which I am honoured and privileged to be the editor. Learn more:
Faith & Physics: Fr. LeMaître and the Big Bang
The new issue of the St. Austin Review is winging its way to the printers. This issue’s theme is “Faith & Physics: Fr. LeMaître and the Big Bang”. Highlights:
John Beaumont raises the curtain on the theme with an “Introduction to a Great Priest Cosmologist”.
Julio A. Gonzalo looks at “LeMaître, Einstein and the Birth of Modern Cosmology”.
Manuel Alfonseca compares “The Big Bang and Alternative Theories”, asking the question: “Did the Universe have a Beginning?”
John Farrell explains “How Georges LeMaître went Beyond the Event Horison”.
Lucia Guerra Menéndez focuses on “LeMaître on Cosmic Evolution”.
Stacy A. Trasancos asks: “Is the Big Bang Proof of God’s Existence?”
Rory O’Donnell discusses “Thomas Aquinas and the Dangers of Looking for God in the Big Bang”.
Donald DeMarco argues that behind the Big Bang is an intelligent being: In Principio erat Verbum.
Kevin O’Brien weighs the claims of science with the confusion of scientism: “The Big Bang or the Big Whimper?”
Fr. Dwight Longenecker examines “C. S. Lewis and the Fruits of Scientism”.
Mike Aquilina discovers “Excellence for God’s Glory” in the architecture of Henry Menzies.
Fr. Benedict Kiely asks a provocative question: “Is Nationalism a Sin?”
K. V. Turley relives Altamont ’69 with the Rolling Stones, finding “Too Much Sympathy for the Devil”.
Susan Treacy appreciates Michael Kurek’s new CD, admiring “A New Kind of Nashville Sound”.
James Bemis revisits the movie, Thérèse.
Matthew P. Akers reviews Conserving America? by Patrick J. Deneen.
Marie Dudzik reviews Monaghan: A Life by Joseph Pearce.
Stephen Brady reviews The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islamby Douglas Murray.
Carol Anne Jones reviews Issues of the English Reformation by Peter Milward, SJ.
Joseph Pearce remembers the late Peter Milward, SJ.
Plus new poetry by Mike Aquilina, Wendy Gist, James Skene and Nicholas Zinos.
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Is there a difference between Nationalism and Patriotism? If there is, can we be one without being the other? I grapple with these questions in my latest article for the Imaginative Conservative:
I was recently interviewed by Peter Socks, better known to many as the Catholic Book Blogger. The topics of conversation were two of my books, Frodo’s Journey and Heroes of the Catholic Reformation. You can hear the interview by following this link:
From an email to a friend …
In Plato’s Theaetetus, Socrates inferred that the major weakness of philodoxy is the inevitable capitulation to crowd-speak. Specifically, Socrates made fun of Protagoras’s homo-mensura, which asserts, “Man is the measure of all things.” For clarity’s sake, the homo-mensura can be interpreted as this: “The human-animal’s perceptions and opinions determine the value of all things.” According to Socrates, Protagoras may as well have asserted, “Pig is the measure of all things,” or, “Baboon is the measure,” since those creatures also possess “the power of perception.” Protagoras, foiled by his own maxim, is “no better authority than a tadpole, let alone any other man.” If Protagoras’s homo-mensura is truly so weak, why does anyone bother to uphold it? One possible answer: it makes crowds happy. As the ancient progenitor of truthiness and alternative facts, the homo-mensura helps sophists win over audiences. “Everyone’s opinions are meaningful and valuable! You can decide on any scientific, political or artistic subject for yourself!” (Cue applause.) The worst effect of the homo-mensura is that it renders futile any attempt to examine or refute “each other’s ostentations and judgements,” for each individual demands respect and narcissistic recognition. “This is surely an extremely tiresome piece of nonsense,” Socrates decided.
In an article in the new issue of Legatus, I write about the systematic extermination of disabled children in Europe and the United States. Here’s the link to the online version: