Abortion and COVID-19 Vaccines: Have the moral arguments switched sides?

I've not written about COVID-19 vaccines because I believe it outside my ken. I'm not a scientist and any knowledge I possess must come from someone else—in reality, the vast majority of anything we call knowledge is received from someone else, which is something that needs to be discussed and acknowledged more often. But the … Continue reading Abortion and COVID-19 Vaccines: Have the moral arguments switched sides?

The motte-and-bailey fallacy and Douglas Wilson

I recently heard of a logical fallacy called a motte-and-bailey fallacy, named after the motte-and-bailey castle design. It was a medieval fortification consisting of a walled courtyard surrounded by a ditch (the bailey, easier to defend) outside of which was a raised area of ground (the motte, more difficult to defend). What the fallacy does … Continue reading The motte-and-bailey fallacy and Douglas Wilson

What would Pope Pius XII think of the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes?

"The Sovereign Pontiff alone enjoys the right to recognize and establish any practice touching the worship of God, to introduce and approve new rites, as also to modify those he judges to require modification. Bishops, for their part, have the right and duty carefully to watch over the exact observance of the prescriptions of the … Continue reading What would Pope Pius XII think of the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes?

Household Management, Cultivation, and Invisible Hands

Some things I've been pondering lately. The word "economy" comes from the Greek word oikonomíā which means "household management." The root of the word is inherently familial; family is the source of economics. Implicitly there seems a "sense of smallness". One doesn't immediately imagine an empire when one thinks of "family." One imagines a father … Continue reading Household Management, Cultivation, and Invisible Hands

Religious Agrarians and Atheistic Industrialists

The Angelus, by Jean-François Millet I’ve been loving the Front Porch Republic the last few months. It's a shame it took so long to discover them. This article from Mark T. Mitchell was quite good. Below is a particularly poignant passage. The agrarian is guided by gratitude. He recognizes the giftedness of creation and accepts … Continue reading Religious Agrarians and Atheistic Industrialists

Who can take up small farming, if they wanted to?

From WikiMedia Commons Here is another critique of "The Hobbit Party" by Jonathan Witt and Jay Richards (W&R). The first one is here talking about Tolkien and Distributism. Throughout the book, Witt and Richards make offhanded comments that sound good if one already accepts their modern Capitalist/Libertarian narrative. For example, while extolling the awesomeness of … Continue reading Who can take up small farming, if they wanted to?

Tolkien and Distributism

Sheep in the Warwick countryside, UK: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sheep_Warwick_02.jpg So I've been suffering the self-inflicted pain of reading through "The Hobbit Party" by Jonathan Witt and Jay Richards (W&R). It's a book by a couple of libertarians economists1 who try to argue that J.R.R. Tolkien believed basically the way they do; Capitalist economics. (No, you read that … Continue reading Tolkien and Distributism

Víctimae pascháli laudes immolent Christiáni

Víctimae pascháli laudesimmolent Christiáni. Agnus redémit oves:Christus ínnocens Patrireconciliávit peccatóres. Mors et vita duélloconflixére mirándo:dux vitae mórtuus, regnat vivus. Dic nobis María,quid vidísti in via?Sepúlcrum Christi vivéntis,et glóriam vidi resurgéntis Angélicos testes,sudárium et vestes.Surréxit Christus spes mea:praecédet vos in Galilaéam. Scimus Christum surrexíssea mórtuis vere:tu nobis, victor Rex, miserére. Amen. Alleluia! Christians, to the Paschal … Continue reading Víctimae pascháli laudes immolent Christiáni

Jacob Imam Quote

"I am not advancing that everyone should return to the land (but given that those in Feudal societies ate very well, had greater festivals, prayed more, had no need of a welfare system, and hardly paid any taxes at all—it shouldn’t be ruled out.)" Christian Economics 101: No Allowances

Is Middle-earth morally simplistic?

Peter Paul Rubens - Saint Michael expelling Lucifer and the Rebellious Angels, 1622 One of the criticisms sometimes brought against the sub-creation of J.R.R. Tolkien, Middle-earth, is that it is morally simplistic. This criticism seems so self-evidentially absurd that it's difficult to write a response to it. For one thing, this criticism was leveled against … Continue reading Is Middle-earth morally simplistic?

The Lord of the Depraved: Amazon wants Westeros, not Middle-earth

"'Christopher was far more interested in preserving legacy than money.'  The movie-making business is a money-making business and it will do what needs to be done for those ends alone....If worshiping the modern dysfunctional view of sex means turning some characters gay or adding depraved sex scenes, then that’s what it will do." I wrote … Continue reading The Lord of the Depraved: Amazon wants Westeros, not Middle-earth

Historian Tom Holland examines the myth of ‘pagan’ Christmas

One thing for which I have little patience is Christians who refuse to celebrate Christian holidays because of "pagan" roots. I've written about this phenomenon before. The logic employed to say such things would receive an F on a college term paper. For example, too often the anti-holiday crowd uses the logical fallacy that correlation … Continue reading Historian Tom Holland examines the myth of ‘pagan’ Christmas