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Dec
28

Stephen Colbert: integrity, humor and care for the common good.

It was a great pleasure to discover this interview of Stephen Colbert on an obscure Catholic interview talk show and find a truly profound discussion. It needs listening to twice. Colbert shows nuance and sophistication towards the most important question any public figure must reflect on who seeks to impact this American society for the better: How to convey truths of life in a society like ours, which...
Nov
20

The American founders and religious passion.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how important the repression or at least marginalization of religious passion was to political thinkers in the 16 and 1700s. This was because of the “100 years” of religious and civil wars in Europe in the 1500s. While Europeans are generally educated about their own history and know that this is the reason they tend to be aloof from organized religion,...
Apr
14

From the NYReview of Books: “Who is the Pope?”

From the article: “The pope’s tally of curial sins also included cliquishness, acquisitiveness, careerism, competitiveness, and indifference to others; the “existential schizophrenia” and “progressive spiritual emptiness” of many who abandon pastoral service and “restrict themselves to bureaucratic matters”; the “theatrical severity and sterile pessimism,” the “funereal face”...
Dec
20

PBS: The Amish Shunned

One of the peak experiences spiritually sensitive individuals can have in the West is to witness individuals or groups who consciously struggle with the tension between being a good person and fulfilling felt obligations of a particular group. This PBS American Experience focuses on those Amish who chose to leave their communities. On the flip side, one of the signs of spiritual poverty of the West and...
Jun
10

Conservatives in Academia: Why so Few?

Find the link to the whole discussion below. Excerpts here: “Four conservative traits in particular would, I think, severely discourage a person from pursuing an academic career—independent of any external discrimination. If you are a young man or woman who (1) values the maintenance and passing on of intellectual tradition, (2) plans to marry and have children, (3) wants as much individual...

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