Multiculturalism, Democracy, and the Culture Wars

Is multicultural democracy possible? To even ask such a question is enough to land one in hot water these days. Growing up in the 1990's, “multiculturalism” and “diversity” were exciting new buzzwords; today they have acquired the status of dogma. However, I would argue that a certain form of multiculturalism poses an existential challenge to … Continue reading Multiculturalism, Democracy, and the Culture Wars

Personal Responsibility and the Parable of the Talents

Yesterday’s Gospel was the Parable of the Talents, as described in the Book of Matthew. For those unfamiliar with the story, it begins with a master who entrusts his servants with his property before embarking on a long journey. To the first servant he gives five talents, roughly equivalent to twenty years’ wages. To the … Continue reading Personal Responsibility and the Parable of the Talents

Memento Mori and Be Not Afraid

October is paradoxically both a favorite month for many and also a time typically associated with fear and death. Leaves turn orange, gold, and crimson before falling to the ground to shrivel and decay. The faint chill lacing the morning and evening air is a clear warning that summer, with all its easy lethargy, is … Continue reading Memento Mori and Be Not Afraid

Beauty as a Gateway to Faith in Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited

Imagine two tourists standing in front of Chartres Cathedral in France. The first simply gapes in awe as everything clicks slowly into place: God, the Universe, his own life -- microcosm and macrocosm. Transported by its resplendent beauty, his experience transcends human reason. The second tourist mills about anxiously before pausing to take a selfie. … Continue reading Beauty as a Gateway to Faith in Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited

Is the Climate in Crisis and the Market Immoral? Reaction to Laudato Si’

I consider myself a free market fan, a climate change skeptic, and a Roman Catholic. For weeks now, the secular media has been telling me that I would hate this papal encyclical. Pope Francis was going to stick it to the anti-scientific conservative deniers and side firmly with the more liberal environmentalists. Now that it … Continue reading Is the Climate in Crisis and the Market Immoral? Reaction to Laudato Si’