Truth

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When Science is not…

Merchants of Death Series — Margaret Mead In the course of teaching philosophy to my students I try to lay out the development of the world they live in by showing them the ideas that shaped it, much as I have done in this series. Juxtaposed with true philosophy (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas), they see that the world they live […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope St. John Paul II

“Jesus Christ meets the man of every age, including our own, with the same words: ‘You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’ These words contain both a fundamental requirement and a warning: the requirement of an honest relationship with regard to truth as a condition for authentic freedom, and the warning to avoid every kind […]

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Sigmund Freud, Diversity Training and Gender Identity

“…but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6) For those of us who work in the field of education, it is not possible to avoid the every […]

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Where did all the large families go?

“Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14). “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it” (Margaret Sanger). [i] Teachers, especially philosophy teachers, often try to shake up the pre-conceived ideas of their students so […]

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Mary Warns Her Children of Danger

“If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church.” (Second Secret of Our Lay of Fatima) The Merchants of Death — Vladimir Ilyich Lenin October 1917 was a momentous month in the history of the twentieth century. On the […]

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Hell Unleashed

God is Dead Morality — Friedrich Nietzsche and Hell Unleashed With today’s philosopher in our series, we have arrived at the end of the road on our journey through the ideas that have led to the moral (or lack thereof) world in which we live. It all culminates here. To this point we have examined the “thinkers,” those who engaged in […]

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Is there a Homo optimus in your future?

Homo optimus and the God is Dead Morality The saying goes that “truth is stranger than fiction” and there are some days when I firmly believe it. Just prior to writing this article, I came across two headlines out of Britain that sounded like science fiction but were presented as much more real than that. The first article, published by […]

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Do you shoot the messenger?

“In polite conversation, never bring up politics or religion.”  That’s the advice I was given as a child.  And it’s good advice, too, if your aim is to be well-liked.  Politics and religion are risky because they involve deeply held convictions, and if you happen to tread on the convictions of others, you get the same reaction that a dentist […]