January 20, 2022
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The Flies of Faith and Reason

The Catholic Church always seems to be a lightning rod for the salient issues of the day, whether it is abortion, euthanasia, social justice or immigration. To me it is not surprising that a world that gives more allegiance to Niccolò Machiavelli...

An Exercise in Logical Theory

I used to review books for one of the local newspapers when St. Louis had more than one daily. One of the first I did was an intriguing volume, entitled The Plague of the Spanish Lady, written by Richard Collier in 1974. The book described...

Reversing America’s Decline

Americans of every race, creed, social and economic condition are increasingly concerned about the decline of their country. Why, they are asking, has common sense given way to nonsense, wisdom to foolishness, sanity to insanity, harmony to discord...

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...