Source: Elayne Allen via thepublicdiscourse.com Reprinted with permission In modern societies, wealth is not tied to land or long-lasting material things, nor is it transmitted across generations; it is fluid, shapeshifting, and usually doesn’t extend beyond the horizon of our own lives and personal needs. This series attempts to offer fresh […]
Where Have You Gone, Jacques Maritain?
Source: Daniel Philpott via thepublicdiscourse.comOriginally appeared in The Public Discourse, the journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton NJ, and is reprinted with permission. Today, Jacques Maritain’s optimistic vision of Christian liberalism is often contested or dismissed as outdated, but a revival of his emphasis on Christian participation in society and […]
Orwell, Atheism, and Totalitarianism
Source: Carson Holloway via Public DiscourseReprinted with permission Carson Holloway is a Washington Fellow in the Claremont Institute’s Center for the American Way of Life and co-editor of The Political Writings of Alexander Hamilton (Cambridge University Press). Many have argued that without God there can be no fixed moral principles. George Orwell’s 1984 goes […]
We Must Found Institutions, Not Just Preserve Them: A Conservatism of Creation
Conservatives are generally good at conserving, and we are particularly aware of the continuities across the human condition. But given today’s conditions, when so much has changed so recently and so many social problems bedevil us, we need to get great at creating new institutions.
It’s Unethical to Use Fetal Tissue in COVID-19 Research
Source: Christoper O. Tollefsen via thepublicdiscourse.comReprinted with permission. The use of fetal tissue from aborted human beings in medical research predicates the health of some on the deliberate destruction of the lives and health of others. That predication is incompatible with the fundamental commitments of medicine. In the face of […]
Making Children, Unmaking Families
Manufacturing children using the genetic material of multiple parents is not a prospect to be celebrated. It is a dystopian technology, making children, as if they were consumer goods, and unmaking the family, as if it were not essential to the common good. The New York Times recently ran an op-ed titled “The Poly-Parent Households are Coming.” It is notable for its celebratory approach to two future prospects: that human children might be created from manufactured gametes (sperm and egg) through a process called in vitro gametogenesis (IVG)…
Integrating Catholic Social Teaching With Economics and Natural Science
Source: Jay W. Richards via thepublicdiscourse.com Thoughtful Catholics should integrate the discoveries and insights of economics and science with the principles of Catholic social teaching, and ultimately, with the natural moral law and revealed theology. At a time when the world desperately needs the Church’s social teaching, too many of […]