Category Archives: Ethics

Robert Barron on Effective Evangelizing in Our Modern Context

I am in the midst of a blog series titled: “Must the Reformation Wars Continue?” Today I share a short video that is worth watching if you want to see how an outstanding Catholic communicator, and a really good friend, speaks … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Ethics, Evangelism, Gospel/Good News, Love, Missional Church, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church | 22 Comments/Likes

Visions of Vocation

Author Steven Garber wrote one of those rare modern books that I have read twice. Some years ago I developed an answer that I cleverly gave to folks who, upon seeing my immense library (before I sold nearly 15,000 books … Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics, Books, Culture, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Ethics, Ideology, Kingdom of God, Philosophy, The Future | 24 Comments/Likes

The Emotive Cry for Community

Michael Novak, in his stirring memoir of a journey from left to right, devotes an entire chapter to community, as I noted yesterday. He writes: “One of life’s most time-consuming tasks is to achieve disagreement with an ideological opposite. Without … Continue reading

Posted in Acton Institute, Books, Culture, Current Affairs, Economy/Economics, Ethics, History, Ideology, Personal, Philosophy, Politics, Poverty, Religion, Roman Catholicism, Wealth | 10 Comments/Likes

The Carter Years and the Bankruptcy of Bad Economic Ideas

The Carter years profoundly convinced Michael Novak of the bankruptcy of his previous economic ideas. While Novak explains Carter’s personal love for Jesus Christ as genuine, and easily misunderstood, he rightly separates the good heart of the man from some … Continue reading

Posted in Acton Institute, Culture, Current Affairs, Economy/Economics, Ethics, Freedom, Ideology, Personal, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Roman Catholicism, The Future, Wealth | 3 Comments/Likes

From Socialism to Capitalism – A Move That Cost Michael Novak Friends and Prestige

Michael Novak, author of the memoir Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative (Basic Books, 2013), writes eloquently of how he became disillusioned with the “new” versions of the old Keynesian liberalism of the 1970s. This … Continue reading

Posted in Acton Institute, Books, Business, Culture, Current Affairs, Economy/Economics, Ethics, Ideology, Money & Stewardship, Philosophy, Religion, Roman Catholicism, Wealth | 22 Comments/Likes

Michael Novak: On Forming Good Intellectual and Spiritual Habits

Michael Novak, not to be confused with the late conservative journalist Robert Novak, has been (rightly I believe) described as “one of the world’s most influential social philosophers.” He has played a number of prominent roles in American life, ranging … Continue reading

Posted in ACT 3, Acton Institute, Books, Culture, Current Affairs, Ethics, Free Speech, Freedom, Money & Stewardship, Personal, Politics, Religion | 13 Comments/Likes

Writing from Left to Right: An Engaging Memoir

One of the most fascinating and engaging political stories that I have read in years is the recently published book, Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative (Image: New York, 2013). This unique memoir is written … Continue reading

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Rethinking a Christian Response to Suicide

I am continually amazed at the lack of sensitivity and pastoral grace that many Christians have regarding their response to a death by suicide. There was a time when Christians–Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant–generally considered suicide an “unpardonable sin.” For this … Continue reading

Posted in Baseball, Bio-Medical Ethics, Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Death, Ethics, Science | 16 Comments/Likes

The Danger of Gossip

Which is worse, lying or gossiping? Have you ever bothered to ponder this question? I have asked it, more than once, but not thought about it deeply enough I confess. Seriously, think about this one for a moment. Mother Antonia … Continue reading

Posted in Ethics, Forgiveness, God's Character, Love, Personal, Spirituality, Unity of the Church | 11 Comments/Likes

Human Sexuality and Holy Marriage

I concluded in yesterday’s post that marriage is in deep trouble as a social institution in Western culture. After centuries of development, and developing legal support, the institution is now falling apart in a little more than one generation. This … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Theology, Culture, Current Affairs, Ethics, Friendship, Homosexuality, Love, Marriage & Family | 13 Comments/Likes