October 12, 2020
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Scientism: Trusting in a Fragmented Totality

When philosophical inquiry was being experimented with in ancient Greece, philosophers often did not make distinctions between the sciences and the other fields of thought which they debated. Some of the same thinkers pondering atomic structure were...

Restoring Reason in American Culture, Part 2

In a recent essay, I explained how the social chaos being experienced in the U.S. today can be traced to a half-century of valuing emotion over reason, notably in education and journalism. Then, in a subsequent essay, I discussed the changes...

Restoring Reason in American Culture

I recently discussed why social chaos is spreading across the U.S. The answer, I argued, is that the movement to elevate feelings over reason that began a half century ago has gained control over virtually every part of our culture...

Renewing Catholic Respect for Reason

I recently noted that though the Catholic Church was once Reason’s greatest champion, in recent centuries the hierarchy have grown wary of it, and this has affected Catholic teaching. I documented this with reference to the...

The Catholic View of Faith and Reason

For centuries many people have considered faith and reason mutually exclusive rather than complementary. This notion has led many non-religious people to dismiss faith as blind, irrational, and superstitious. The same notion has led many...

The Holy Alliance: Faith & Reason

The opening refrain to one of Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits in the 1950s was Love and Marriage! They go together like a horse and carriage. The same thought may apply to the inner relationship between Faith and Reason. One cannot legitimately have...

When Feelings Take Control

I recently examined three false notions promoted by Carl Rogers (and Abraham Maslow) that are well on the way to destroying America. In this essay I will expand on one of them—the idea that feelings and emotions are a better guide than reason and...

When We Fail to Use Reason

If we knew that there was a deadly strain of Ebola coming to the United States from a country in West Africa, I wonder how many people would say, “let it come, we are the United States.” I venture that not many people would be that arrogant or...