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When SueAnne Bassett learned that she had stage four cervical cancer eight years ago, her doctors gave her a 20 percent chance that she would live five years, and that was with full-blown chemo and radiation treatment. Then she learned abou...

Faith, Wonder, and the Method

In Summa Theologica 2-2.1.4, Aquinas argues that every action can be understood in two ways: according to its order of intention–the goal one has in mind when one acts, and aims to bring about by acting–as well as its order of execution, or...

Women at War

Women are now cleared for combat positions in the American armed forces, and for all the ladder-climbing that now allows. On January 24th, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted the direct ground combat exclusion for women. It is impossible ...

Beyond Supply and Demand

Here is the video of a talk I gave January 21 at Northwood University. The title: “Beyond Supply and Demand: The Moral Foundation of the Free Market.”

Wither Courtship? (Pun Intended)

Alex Williams writes yet another piece in today’s NYTimes on the end of courtship. Mark Mitchell has posted  about this in the past, and I certainly cannot improve on Mark’s observations. I do have three children between the age...

Barack Obama: Socialist?

    Washington DC When President Obama took office in 2009, many friends of capitalism were concerned that he would socialize our economy. Yet corporate profits have hit record heights during his presidency. For example, one repor...

Life Under Compulsion: The Dehumanities

Imagine a new father looking into the eyes of his child.  A wisp of blond hair curls about the scalp.  The fingers, wrinkled like those of an old man, curl about his own finger.  He has blue eyes, but who knows whether they will stay that w...

It’s the Rights Culture, not the Gun Culture

As President Obama contemplates the political obstacles looming before the gun control agenda he announced on Wednesday, he might look closer to home for their cause.  It is not the gun culture alone that must be overcome if reasonable limi...

The Learning and Limits of Libraries

Three articles recently caught my eye, all of which having to do with scholars’ fame, only two having to do with their libraries. The bookless one involved a professor of history at the University of York who blamed the victims —...