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Is scientific morality possible?

There is such a thing as natural theology, a theology that doesn't presume the truth of revealed scripture from any religious tradition. Socrates, Plato and Aristotle had interesting approximations (acknowledging that there are limits to what finite human beings can know about an infinite God) to a monotheistic concept of God that is as far above paganism as quantum physics is above Aristotle's concepts of motion, attraction, form and matter, etc.

Sexual fantasy and dystopia, and their relationship to totalitarianism

Attorney and author Nicholas Zinos has a fascinating reflection on dystopian literature, and how it recognizes the impact of a totalitarian state on human sexuality and procreation.

Right vs. Left, revisited

In more than one video, I've heard Jordan Peterson speak of a right/left divide in what strikes me as simplistic terms. For him, the right is characterized as preferring the efficiency of hierarchy, while the left prefers to advocate for those at the bottom. I've also heard him say that no matter what system of individual value you set up (whether based on IQ, on skill, on education, on the "purity" of "political correctness"...) any system you set up will naturally evolve into a hierarchy. We have, of course, seen this in every government system in recorded human history.

The role of humility in prayer

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Pope Francis' reflection on the challenges of prayer at a recent daily Mass at Casa Santa Marta highlighted the importance of humility and penitence. These remarks have a significant echo in Dr. Brant Pitre's latest reflection on Sunday Mass readings.

Pornography is a public health crisis, but it is a symptom of a larger malais.

Michael Cook, writing at MercatorNet, makes excellent points in "Is pornography a public health crisis?". Clearly we do not live in a "Theology of the Body" informed culture. This article touches on the impact of pornography on marriage, parenting and the desensitization of the normal aversion to violence and exploitation.

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