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How do we smarten up when everything's dumbing down?

I just published a brace of pieces on that timely topic at Crisis Magazine and Catholic World Report.

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A Catholic patriotism

My current column at Catholic World Report says that America’s a country and not a cause or creed, so there’s no reason to put Catholicism and patriotism at odds with each other. Indeed, the two go together.

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The Flynn Effect, technocracy, and natural law

I go into all that and more in my latest at Crisis Magazine.

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Catholicism and the ideological temptation

Current politics has lost any reasonable conception of the public good. That has to change, and changing it should be central to Catholic political activity. So says my latest piece at Catholic World Report.

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How should normal people think about charges of bigotry?

My latest at Crisis Magazine. The analysis focuses on the Church and charges of “sexism” and so on, but the implications are broader.

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Where to go with social teaching?

Another piece at Catholic World Report, this one on the difficulties of “business as usual” in the face of radical and inhuman tendencies.

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Is “sexual immorality” a useful concept?

Current at Crisis Magazine, more comments on a topic that’s intellectually quite interesting but people don’t want to talk about. (Which means that obfuscation, sophistry, and bad faith are left an open field).

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Reality matters

My latest piece for Catholic World Report is a sort of variation on the Crisis piece below.

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Does doctrine matter?

I say it does, in my latest piece at Crisis Magazine, because reality matters. The line of thought would, of course, only apply to true doctrine.

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What the traditional Mass means to me

And here’s my latest at Crisis Magazine. I had no idea that something on the traditional Mass would be such clickbait.

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Normality is not hatred

The recovery of human nature

I have another column at Catholic World Report, this one about the necessity of a settled understanding of human nature, the difficulty of establishing on in global technocratic society, and what to do about that situation.

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What is the Church’s political role?

My latest column at Crisis Magazine says that the Church should be very cautious in supporting secular political projects. It makes bishops feel they’re involved in something important but the ultimate point of the project is likely to be something inhuman because that’s the nature of modern political life.

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What is culture war?

My column for October finally appeared at Catholic World Report. (They had been busy reporting on the late lamented or rather lamentable Synod.) It’s a sort of general account of culture war throughout the ages that notes its unavoidability.

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Leadership matters

My latest column at Crisis Magazine is about the current crisis of leadership throughout society: why it exists, why it’s a big problem, and what to do about it.

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Liberalism, choice, and compulsion

Social liberals take it for granted that social conservatives are meddling, tyrannical, and incipiently violent. My current column at Catholic World Report deals with the issue. Basic response: if liberal views simply transcribe obvious human reality, then conservative views are indeed an attempt to interfere that can be expected to bollix things up in all sorts of ways. It’s not clear why anyone should accept the assumption though.

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What if the '60s had been intelligent?

Suppose people had done something sensible about the deficiencies of postwar America. What would it have been? And why did they do all the stupid stuff instead? To find out, read my latest Crisis piece.

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Haidt explained

Why is it that lefties only bother with three of Jonathan Haidt’s moral concerns while righties care about all six? My current column in Catholic World Report explains it all for you. (It also tells you who Jonathan Haidt is in case you’re not up on all that.)

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Accentuating the positive

I have a piece up at Crisis Magazine about the work that’s needed to present Catholic doctrine in a way that it can be understood.

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Essay on Christopher Alexander

An essay or book review I wrote on architectural theorist Christopher Alexander’s theory of order has appeared in the International Journal of Architectural Research. Here’s the special issue in which the piece appears.

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