A New Name for the Husks Thrown to the Swine Or: How to Progress Away From Morality

The repeated use of the word “crisis” in reference to morals is interesting, for it reveals a tendency on the part of many modern writers to blame the abstract when the concrete is really at fault. They speak, for example, of the problem of crime, rather than of the criminal; of the problem of poverty, […]

Narrative, the Fear of Seeming Impolite, and Dropping Moral Beliefs

ISIS have busied themselves with new and creative ways to get Christians to reject their moral and religious beliefs. […] Here we understand that, while the fear of pain and death is powerful stuff, the greatest fear of men today is seeming impolite. To change a man’s moral convictions, one need not attack them. One need not even […]

Morality and Narrative vs. Principles

It should be obvious that the use of narrative as a response to moral criticism is absurd. If slavery is wrong, it doesn’t matter how heart-wrenching and hip NPR’s series on The True Experience of Slave-owners is. If euthanasia is a Bad Thing rather than a Good Thing, no photo-journalism campaign telling the Real Stories […]

G.K. Chesterton on Religion and Right and Wrong

We do not really want a religion that is right where we are right. What we want is a religion that is right where we are wrong. —G.K. Chesterton, The Catholic Church and Conversion   + Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will […]

Black, White, and Grays and the Sermon on the Mount

One way to make enemies and antagonize people is to challenge the spirit of the world. The world has a spirit, as each age has a spirit. There are certain unanalyzed assumptions which govern the conduct of the world. Anyone who challenges these worldly maxims, such as “you only live once,” “get as much out […]

Abortion and The Tyranny of the Now

—and from the blog post Abortion {Still} Isn’t Healthcare by Jenny Uebbing at Mama Needs Coffee Let’s put aside the immorality of abortion for a moment. Abortion, which isn’t healthcare. And let’s speak of the procedure in a vacuum, as it were, leaving aside the obvious, ludicrously-demonstrable humanity of the baby, and focus solely on […]

Choice. Freedom. Rights. What are they all for?

Think about the way we speak about “choice,” as if choice in itself is the highest good. What good is choice, if the choices you make lead to evil and suffering? What good is any freedom, if you never make an effort to use it in service of the good? What’s it all for? One […]