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Thomas Aquinas

Pope Francis Pointed the World's Attention to Its Largest Environmental Problem: Poverty

John Cronin | Posted 10.02.2015 | Green
John Cronin

It is time American and global environmentalism advocate for the human cause with the same ferocity they have advocated for nature's cause. It is not only morally right, it is the only path available to cut the common roots of injustice that harm equally people and the environment.

"Just" Because: Augustine's Just War and the Ethics of Torture

Russ Pierson | Posted 02.16.2015 | Religion
Russ Pierson

As Yale law professor Stephen Carter pointed out in an interview on an NPR broadcast Dec. 13, "It strikes me that you can have a program that is immoral and also occasionally produces good information."

Virginia Heffernan: A Creationist Against the Creationists

Nathan Schneider | Posted 09.23.2013 | Religion
Nathan Schneider

She deftly manages not to dismiss, for instance, evolution or astrophysics altogether, but she doesn't find that they have as much relevance to her daily life as the Bible. To her, there is an opposition between the poetry of religion and the coldness of science, and given the choice she chooses the former.

Sin Does Not Exist: Part 1

George Elerick | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
George Elerick

What are the sociological implications behind the notion of "sin," religious or otherwise? The claims that humans are intrinsically evil are highly problematic not solely do to the fact that the claim resides on a false-dichotomy. It only sees one-side of the story.

The Lax Logic of Libertarians

Jag Bhalla | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Jag Bhalla

Crucial questions are misframed by pitting J.S. Mill and free-market libertarian faith against Mayor Bloomberg, reason and experience.

An Iron-Clad Proof Of God

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

It seems to me that an open-minded thinker, free of biases and misconceptions, would have no choice but to acknowledge the veracity of this argument. When properly understood, it is simple, direct -- and tough to refute. Why then does it seem to have so few backers?

New Year and Old Yearnings

Jag Bhalla | Posted 03.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Jag Bhalla

Certain virtues are certainly rational. It is an unskilled use of reason to think otherwise. Or to fail to at least try to act accordingly.

Human Nature, Jesus And The F-Word

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 02.10.2013 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

The problem with gender essentialism is that it means that only half of humanity can be saved because only half of humanity was assumed by Jesus. Jesus Christ is a man. Thus he assumed male nature and women have yet to be redeemed. They must await the coming of their Christa.

Science And Religion Peace Talks Remain Controversial

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

At a time when religiously motivated concerns make it almost impossible to discuss the warming of our planet, the curriculum in our schools and even the reproduction of our species, we should embrace efforts at dialog, not assault them.

Aquinas Shrugged

Robert Brancatelli, Ph.D | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Robert Brancatelli, Ph.D

There are two debates going on simultaneously. One has to do with the poor and which Gospel to follow. Are we to follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ or Ayn Rand? It would seem that we cannot pick both.

All Will Be Judged, By God's Law Or By Theirs

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

The absolute justice of God and His unswerving commitment to righteousness are more than abstract qualities. They have concrete manifestations in the way He deals with people and in the manner He dispenses judgment.

"Just War" or Just War?

Michael Brenner | Posted 08.05.2012 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The president's "kill list" project flies in the face of "just war" precepts and ridicules its spirit. For the objective relegates human welfare to a status subordinate to the United States' national interest as measured in realpolitik terms.

The "Wisdom" of Pearson's Pineapple Passage

Alan Singer | Posted 07.10.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

If Pearson and Merryl Tisch were teachers being evaluated based on lesson of the pineapple, hare, and owl, they would both be rated "Unsatisfactory."

7 Mystical Love Poems To God

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 10.12.2011 | Religion
Akbar Ahmed

We want to love God and be loved by Him. But by creating a relationship in love, we are also able to love others whatever their religion or culture. Let me give some examples of poetic expressions that we can all share and appreciate.

The Moral Imperative For Taxing Our 'Superfluous' Wealth

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 09.27.2011 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

Aquinas argued that we have no right to goods which are not needed to support our station in life when others are in need. In such situations their need trumps our superfluities.

Creation As The Body Of God

Fr. Richard Rohr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Fr. Richard Rohr

The Incarnation of God did not happen in Bethlehem. That is just when we started taking it seriously. The incarnation actually happened 14.5 billion years ago with what we now call "The Big Bang."

The Theological Dilemma Of Medieval Neuroscience

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

The 12th and 13th centuries witnessed a flourishing of natural philosophy in Christian Europe. This Medieval natural philosophy included the biological basis of the human mind.

Thomas Aquinas: Saint Of Evolutionary Psychologist?

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

If he were alive today, would Saint Thomas Aquinas be an evolutionist? His writings suggest a mind already resonating with many evolutionary concepts.

Should Children Have A Right to Die?

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

Pediatric aid-in-dying is coming out of the medical closet. In an era of parental rights and child welfare, maybe we are finally ready to grant suffering minors the right to die.