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A Pro-Life Philosophy

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

Introduction Thank you. Does this [microphone] work? Can everybody hear me? If not, raise your hands. Whoever’s absent, please raise your hand. A Review of Logic A couple of preliminary rules. I’m a philosopher, I like to argue, so I’d like to say something about the role of argument in addressing an issue like abortion, and then something about the […]

A Pro-Life Philosophy

"Suffer little children to come unto me" (detail) by Juan Urruchi

Introduction Thank you. Does this [microphone] work? Can everybody hear me? If not, raise your hands. Whoever’s absent, please raise your hand. A Review of Logic A couple of preliminary rules. I’m a philosopher, I like to argue, so I’d like to say something about the role of argument in addressing an issue like abortion, and then something about the […]

Cutting Back Backtalk Talk

Photography by Paul Johnson

Dear Dr. Ray, My five children are ages fifteen, fourteen, eleven, nine, and six. Their personalities are all very different. One thing they all do, though, is talk back. It’s the source of most of our arguments. ― Never the Last Word * * * * * Backtalk ― the universal misbehavior Where children are, it is. Unless, of course, […]

Seven Deadly Fallacies in Pro-Abortion Arguments

Unborn Child

We are rational animals, let us reiterate.  This is not a matter for debate.  In fact, it explains why people have developed a long list of invectives for those whose thoughts and actions deviate noticeably from a rational standard:  “airhead,” “blockhead,” “knucklehead,” “lunkhead,” “dimwit,” “moron,” “idiot,” “lamebrain,” “dumbbell,” “dolt,” “not the sharpest knife in the drawer,” and so on ad […]