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  • January 10th, 2013Psychology as a Sub-Humanityby Colin Jory

    I am grateful, and am certainly the wiser, for the excellent discussion which my comments under the heading, “The Lethal Influence of the Sub-Humanities”, has provoked regarding psychology. I thank Paul Adam, Dena, Kevin O’Brien, Jim Sekerak, and Paulo. I shall, however, take the liberty of making a few further remarks.

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  • January 10th, 2013Empirical Evidence and the Soulby Kevin O'Brien

    There's an interesting discussion below in the comment section of a post by Colin Jory, in which he criticizes what he calls the "sub humanities" in academia, including Women’s Studies, Social Work (at the level of theory), Sociology, Psychology, and Education (at the level of theory) ...

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  • January 10th, 2013Journeys Homeby Kevin O'Brien

    On Monday, February 11 (Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes), my actress Maria Romine will be featured on Marcus Grodi's program, The Journey Home on EWTN.  She will be telling the story of her conversion from  being Presbyterian to being Catholic, a journey I'm proud to say that Theater of the Word Incorporated and I played a large role in.  In fact, I was Maria's sponsor when she was received into the Church a few years back.

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  • January 10th, 2013Shakespeare and Distributismby Colin Jory

    Joseph Pearce’s current comments in this forum on distributism, a subject on which he is an internationally respected scholar (I first heard his name in an address in Sydney on the theme), has brought to my mind a fact about Shakespeare which seems to have escaped scholarly notice. In King Lear the dramatist shows us how people afflicted with unjust suffering can learn not only to endure their adversity with dignity, but to profit from it.

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  • January 9th, 2013Encouraging News from Englandby Joseph Pearce

    As the Anglican church and other Protestant denominations progressively ditch orthodoxy in favour of following the meretricious zeitgeist, there is real hope that the miracle of Christian unity can finally be achieved through the conversion of all true Christians to the one true Church. This is true ecumenism. It is you-come-in-ism!

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  • January 9th, 2013Grading the Great Booksby Joseph Pearce

    Regular visitors to the Ink Desk will know that I often share items of correspondence that I receive, and my replies, if I feel that they might be of more general interest. This being the case, I'm sharing a question and a suggestion that I've just received about the Ignatius Critical Editions, of which I am series editor. The relevant part of my correspondent's e-mail is below. My response follows.

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  • January 8th, 2013Building to a Crescendoby Kevin O'Brien

    The following is a press release from Movie to Movement on the most remarkable short film I've ever seen.

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  • January 8th, 2013Epiphany Thoughts on Judas’s Complaintby Paul Adams

    On this feast of the Epiphany, as the celebration of Christmas draws to a close, I want to consider again the gifts with which the Magi, the three wise men, greeted the newborn King in the stable.  The gold and frankincense, foreshadowed by the prophet Isaiah in today’s reading (Is. 60:1-6), are gifts fit for a king.  Myrrh was a very expensive spice (gum resin) used for embalming the bodies of kings and nobility.

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  • January 8th, 2013Mentioning Humanism, 4by Dena Hunt

    In one of his comments on this little series, Justin Swanton says he thinks that humanists are “a bit schizophrenic” because they seek to enjoy the fruits of religion while disbelieving in religion. Verily. Much like searching for eggs after you’ve killed the chicken, there is a certain mental dysfunctionality there. Humanists say they don’t need religion to live morally, but history contradicts that questionable assertion. Religion has always been the sole source of societal morality throughout history. Law has only been the enforcing arm of that morality—not its source.

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  • January 7th, 2013Distributism for Beginnersby Joseph Pearce

    A correspondent has asked me for a list of books with which to begin a study of distributism. Here's my response.

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  • January 7th, 2013Mentioning Humanism, 4by Dena Hunt

    In one of his comments on this little series, Justin Swanton says he thinks that humanists are “a bit schizophrenic” because they seek to enjoy the fruits of religion while disbelieving in religion. Verily. Much like searching for eggs after you’ve killed the chicken, there is a certain mental dysfunctionality there. Humanists say they don’t need religion to live morally, but history contradicts that questionable assertion. Religion has always been the sole source of societal morality throughout history. Law has only been the enforcing arm of that morality—not its source. (Just a by-the-way example: After the [humanistic] French Revolution had wiped out an entire village for its intransigent refusal to place the authority of the state above the authority of the Pope, Napoleon kidnapped the Pope and held him hostage. Eventually, however, he found that he had to reinstate the authority of religion precisely because, as he admitted, people sank to ungovernable levels of decadence without it.) Humanism has no moral authority of its own.

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  • January 7th, 2013A Different Kind of Sexby Kevin O'Brien

    Reader Michael made an interesting comment on a recent post.  Michael writes ...

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  • January 5th, 2013The Lethal Influence of the Sub-Humanities.by Colin Jory

    If you take a poll of genuine academics with proven credentials in substantive disciplines where there is still much genuine engagement with fact to get at truth – I am speaking not only of the empirical sciences and mathematics, but of many or most History, Philosophy, Languages and Law departments, and even of some English Literature departments – asking them what they regard as the most flaky, doctrine-driven, truthophobic, quack disciplines on the campuses, the answer would be near unanimous – Women’s Studies, Social Work (at the level of theory), Sociology, Psychology, and Education (at the level of theory).

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  • January 5th, 2013Aphorismsby Kevin O'Brien

    You want to have fun?  Get between an addict and his drug. 

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  • January 4th, 2013Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day - January 5by Kevin O'Brien

    While I was busy the other day blogging about supporting Hobby Lobby, my friend Joe Grabowski started a Facebook page to organize and focus that support. 

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  • January 4th, 2013Antipodean Nonsense - Or Turning Middle-Earth Upside Downby Joseph Pearce

    My good friend, Elwyn Fairburn, the author of the musings about the new Hobbit film, which I posted on December 27th (Radagast the Ridiculous), has sent a response in a thread to that post which I find very enlightening, insightful, incisive and amusing. As such, I'm resurrecting his comments so that they may have new life (and more readers) in the form of a new post in its own right.
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  • January 4th, 2013The Devil Witnessing for Christby Kevin O'Brien

    The witness of the devil is why I believe in God.  Bad Christians have shown me the Way to Christ.  Sinners have shown me the meaning of holiness.

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  • January 4th, 2013No Faith = No Futureby Joseph Pearce

    It's so obvious but so often overlooked. I refer to the correlation beetween birth rate and religious faith. Those with no faith tend to have no children. It is equally obvious though equally often overlooked that the absence of faith is connected to the presence of pride. Pride means putting ourselves first. Pride is selfishness - and selfishness has no time for selflessness, especially the selflessness demanded by the demands of parenthood.

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  • January 4th, 2013Laughter and the Love of Friendsby Joseph Pearce

    From quiet homes and first beginning,
    out to the undiscovered ends,
    there's nothing worth the wear of winning,
    but laughter and the love of friends.
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  • January 3rd, 2013Out, Damned Spots!by Kevin O'Brien

    I was quite serious in my last post when I wrote that the (unspoken) logic behind abortion is not "An unborn baby is not a person and therefore has no rights", but rather, "An unborn baby is certainly a person, but no person has any rights, since human beings have no intrinsic value."

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