Posts Tagged ‘Sexuality’

Worlds Apart

I am a father and a philosopher. This is not necessarily an unusual combination, but it does give me a range of interests that spans two rather distinctive worlds. I am interested in the family, its challenges and rewards, its hard work and its joyful celebrations. As a philosopher, I am interested in an array of ideas that range from the reasonable to the ridiculous, from the inspirational to the absurd.

I was...

About The Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura)

The ancient philosophers sought to understand the order of the world by comprehending the nature of things. All things that exist have a nature and an essence, and they move and act according to their nature for a fixed purpose. This nature originates at birth and comes from God, not man or society. For example, the nature of a flower inclines it to the light, the nature of a dog directs it to chase...

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Cultural Revolution in Orwell’s 1984 and America’s 2014

In Orwell’s novel Winston Smith, the protagonist, finds himself living in an inhuman world he cannot recognize as normal or natural. Aware of life in London before the Revolution and now experiencing the chilling new world of Big Brother and the Party in Oceania, Winston feels alienated, enslaved, and dehumanized. He has vague fond memories of the past he recalls from his childhood, but his current life as a government employee in the Ministry...

Gender in 50 Different Flavors

It has been long thought that there were just two sexes. After all, Genesis proclaimed that God created them “male” and “female”. All cultures throughout history have seen fit to distinguish the sexes in this manner. There are separate restrooms and separate Olympic events for men and women. Men and women are distinctive in their attire, their voices, and in their biology. When a baby comes into the world, the first question is...

Condoms, Consequences, and the Christian Vision of Moral Conduct

Those old enough to remember are familiar with the hippie slogan of the 1960’s: “Let it all hang out”. As the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus liked to remark, the sociologist Peter Berger’s response at the time was: “Tuck it all back in”. There is still much “tucking in” that needs to be done today by those of us concerned with fostering the dignity of marriage and family life in our early 21st...

Media Spin, Human Nature, and Speaking the Truth

Why is it that the New York Times, Time magazine, and all the other tawdry publications simply bash the Catholic Church and never run positive articles?

Could you imagine the following headline: “Amidst Abuse Woes, Pope Offers Compelling Defense of Priestly Celibacy.” Or: “Statistics Show that Homosexuality Plays Major Role in Catholic Abuse Crisis.” No. They only run articles that pre-conform to their worldview and they suppress all other perspectives. How’s that for a...

A Précis of the Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality and Homosexual Acts

The Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality is one rooted in what philosophers call natural law, but also illuminated by divine revelation. This means that the Church understands her teaching to be grounded in those truths that unaided human reason can affirm about the nature and purpose of human sexuality, but that what God has revealed in both Sacred Scripture and Tradition on the matter provides additional light.

The ends and purposes of marriage...

The Genuine Sexual Revolution

The early Church was born into a society that in many ways was divided over the family. The greatest of the Greek philosophers preached a moral code that was nearly identical to the high morality of the early Christians, while at the same time Greek society was rife with sexual immorality of all kinds. Roman culture was similarly divided.

In the early Republic, the Romans held (and mostly practiced) a high degree of moral...