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Paul Lakeland

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Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church: Time for a Serious Conversation?

(59) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 12:10 PM

From my position at Fairfield University I have been keeping a close watch on the U.S. Catholic Church for exactly 30 years. In this time I have seen attitudes change among friends, colleagues and students in many ways. One of them is the cultural acceptability of sexual diversity in the...

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How to Think and How to Act: Liberal Education and Political Corruption

(8) Comments | Posted October 4, 2007 | 11:28 AM

Reading in today's New York Times (October 4) about the latest revelations that the Justice Department secretly approved extraordinarily brutal interrogation tactics made me wonder where these people got their ideas. What led them to a point of view where they could live with public decency and private corruption, lying...

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Being Secular, Being Religious

(18) Comments | Posted June 4, 2007 | 5:29 PM

First Dennett and Dawkins and Sam Harris, now Christopher Hitchens. Just what is it that's bugging these old-fashioned atheists? Is it just the demise of the "secularization hypothesis" and the evident persistence of religious belief that is driving them wild? In part perhaps, but in all probability what is getting...

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What's An American of Faith to Do?

(2) Comments | Posted May 26, 2007 | 4:24 PM

At a conference at Yale Divinity School earlier this month, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne quoted one of his Georgetown University students to good effect. "In the West," the student had said, "we feel obligated to justify our religious goals in secular terms. In many Islamic societies, secular goals must...

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