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Written articles from a range of online sources on a variety of topics.

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Articles, Culture & Society

The Problem of Personhood

Modern accounts of personhood fail because they do not explain deep-seated moral intuitions about the value of human life.

The 2008 film The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (based on a novel of the same name) is a fictional story about the friendship between an eight-year-old son of a Nazi concentration camp officer and another eight-year-old who is one of the camp’s prisoners. The boy, named Bruno, thinks the camp is merely a farm and asks his father why the farmers “wear pajamas” (which are actually inmate uniforms). Bruno’s father begins his answer, ominously:

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What Is the New Age Movement?

New Age is a term that encompasses a broad spectrum of spiritual, philosophical, and theological thought developing in the West since the eighteenth century, mainly in counterpoint to (if not in direct reaction against) the rationalism of the Enlightenment. New Age suggests that adherents are seeking to usher in a new phase in human history (i.e., a “new age” or new epoch) through their spiritual practices and their philosophical and theological developments of traditional Western religious thought and practice.

Articles, Culture & Society

MediaArk Update

MediaArk.com will be moving to a monthly schedule as of June 2020. This is for a variety of administration and research reasons.

Those who receive a weekly eNewsletter will continue to do so in the short term, but the content will not publicise new content. Rather it will highlight previously published material, that visitors may have overlooked, or not have been aware of.

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Greater Works Than These

Source: Fr. Hugh Barbour, O. Praem., Catholic Answers via catholic.comReprinted with permission Fr. Hugh Barbour, O.Praem., is a Norbertine of St. Michael’s Abbey in Silverado, California. He grew up in South Pasadena and is a convert from the Episcopal Church. After earning a bachelor’s degree in classics from the University…

Articles, Culture & Society, Education

Faith and Family Play a Bigger Role in Academic Achievement Than Race or Socioeconomic Status

Source: William Jeynes via thepublicdiscourse.comOriginally appeared int Public Discourse, the journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton NJ, and is reprinted with permission. William Jeynes is Professor of Education at California State University, Long Beach. He graduated first in his class from Harvard University. He has served as a speaker and advisor for…

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The Bioethicist Pandemic

Source: Wesley J. Smith via Discovery InstituteReprinted with permission CHAIR AND SENIOR FELLOW, CENTER ON HUMAN EXCEPTIONALISM Wesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on…

Articles, Culture & Society, Education

Schools Fundamentally Unchanged Since 1918 (USA)

Source: Bailey Takacs in System Change at the Discovery Institute via discovery.orgReprinted with permission. Bailey Takacs currently serves as development program coordinator to Discovery Institutes’ American Center for Transforming Education and Development team.  “All parents should be able to know what their children are learning, and for those paying attention…