Religion

Mike Stenhouse and guests from In the Dugout

The Right spans from Caitlyn Jenner to Catholicism to cryptocurrencies, these days.

By Justin Katz | May 6, 2021 |

Mike Stenhouse touched on all of those topics on his In the Dugout show, yesterday.  He handled the Jenner topic himself, but Tyler Rowley joined him for the religion talk, and Kade Almendinger helped with cryptocurrency.

Painting of a forest monster.

Humanity’s brakes really are starting to fail.

By Justin Katz | April 20, 2021 |

The year 2020 became a cultural cliché, given the sense that reality’s wheels were coming off, but it might be more accurate to say that people (particularly elites) are refusing to accept traditional safeguards that were simply passed down culturally and accepted intrinsically.  (Think media objectivity, colorblindness, the existence of truth, and so on.) Leslie…

Spring into Summer Conference at Portsmouth Institute

By Justin Katz | April 15, 2013 |

With spring more or less undeniably having arrived, we’re coming up on one of my favorite weekends of the year. This year, the Portsmouth Institute‘s annual conference is June 7-9, and the topic is “Catholicism and the American Experience,” which is certainly timely, given that American bishops are actually beginning to near the short-list for…

If Spiritual Battles Gave Off Sparks

By Justin Katz | March 31, 2013 |

It’s been a while since I’ve seen it, so I had intended to watch The Passion of the Christ on Good Friday. But life’s being what it is, these days, I couldn’t manage the 126 minutes required. And by the time Saturday rolled around, it felt more appropriate to turn attention toward the Resurrection, which…

Fish on Fridays

By Carroll Andrew Morse | March 29, 2013 |

Nothing symbolizes the supposed arbitrariness of religion to those predisposed towards skepticism towards religious belief more than does the Catholic practice of eating fish on Fridays during the season of Lent. I’ll admit to having asked myself, especially on Good Friday, what connection there is between fish and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. And then…

Re: Keep Christ in Christmas, but the Government Out

By Carroll Andrew Morse | November 30, 2012 |

I don’t believe it’s fair to blame WPRO (630AM) talk show host John DePetro for “manufacturing” the controversy about the Rhode Island Christmas tree/holiday tree. The blame rests squarely with Governor Lincoln Chafee, who is claiming the authority to rename a religious symbol because he is the head of the state. (Bill O’Reilly is wrong…

The Messiah May Have Used the Word “Wife”

By Justin Katz | September 29, 2012 |

Of one thing, we can be reasonably confident: Coverage of proof and arguments against that sliver of papyrus purporting to prove that Jesus had a wife will have a far smaller profile than the initial boom of proclamations that it had been discovered. Not surprisingly, the Vatican has stated its opinion that the artifact is…

Things We Read Today (15), Thursday

By Justin Katz | September 20, 2012 |

Issuing bonds to harm the housing market; disavowing movies in Pakistan and tearing down banners in Cranston; the Constitution as ours to protect; the quick failure of QE3; and Catholic social teaching as the bridge for the conservative-libertarian divide. Continue reading on the Ocean State Current…

Rev. Rich Takes a Stand Against Small Children

By Justin Katz | September 1, 2012 |

Back when the Episcopal/Anglican Church was finding itself fraught with international internal turmoil over the appointment of an openly and actively homosexual bishop in New Hampshire, Catholic writer and blogger Mark Shea predicted, as an aphorism, that the organization would gradually turn toward the promotion of homosexuality. I always considered that a plausible, but not…

Portsmouth Institute, Day 3: Rev. Nicanor Austriaco, “What Can Genomic Science Tell Us About Adam & Eve?”

By Justin Katz | July 11, 2012 |

The Portsmouth Institute conference on “Modern Science, Ancient Faith” closed in spectacular fashion with Rev. Nicanor Austriaco, who teaches both biology and theology at Providence College. With the ease and humor of somebody used to speaking before college students, Austriaco explained what genomic science tells us about our ancestors and speculated about the timing and…

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