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    I was recently asked to sit before college undergraduates on a panel of philosophers, theologians and counselors tasked with discussing the impact of pornography on our culture. Specifically, I was asked to reflect on the widely confirmed fact that regular…

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    April 18, 2014

    The Greatest Easter Painting Ever Made

    by Elise Ehrhard

    Tucked away in a central Parisian museum that was once a railway station, there hangs an Easter painting quite unlike any Gospel masterpiece created before or after it. It is not painted by a Rembrandt or a Rubens or the…

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    April 15, 2014

    Down the Slippery Slope: A Timeline of Social Revolution

    by R. Jared Staudt

    It is certainly not breaking news to assert that America is in cultural decline. Many aspects of this decline have been widely documented: the breakdown of the family, threats to life, and ever increasing secularization. My intent in this article…

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    April 14, 2014

    The Dictatorship of Diversity

    by William Kilpatrick

    It is a bedrock assumption of our age that diversity is a good thing—something to be encouraged and celebrated. Nowadays, for example, a good part of a college mission statement is typically devoted to extolling the institution’s diverse faculty, diverse…

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    April 14, 2014

    Salvation and Super Heroes

    by Michel Therrien

    This past weekend I enjoyed seeing the latest installment of Marvel’s Avenger franchise, Captain America: Winter Soldier. I must confess that I have a somewhat juvenile curiosity toward these recent rounds of “super” mania films. I don’t care so much…

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    April 10, 2014

    Art Imitates Life in Disturbing New Film

    by K. V. Turley

    What you are about to read is disturbing. It will unnerve you. It should. Last week Under the Skin was released in the United States. This low budget British movie has little by way of traditional plot, even less dialogue….

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    April 9, 2014

    Read Literature to Learn and Love the Truth

    by Anthony Esolen

    The other night I testified (via telephone) before the Alaska state legislature, on the standards their public schools are adopting for classes in English.  I’d read the standards but didn’t have them in front of me, so I was taken…

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    April 8, 2014

    The Noah Film and Biblical Interpretation

    by Rachel Lu

    Bible stories were an important part of my childhood. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know that David slew Goliath and that Cain slew Abel. Meditations on Jacob’s deceitful usurping of Esau’s blessing, and on David’s lamentation over…

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    April 4, 2014

    Noah Movie: Worth Seeing, Despite the Errors

    by Monica Migliorino Miller

    Even before its opening March 28 the film Noah starring Russell Crowe as the man commissioned by God to build an ark, stirred controversy among Christians. A number of Christian reviewers have praised the movie. But Noah has its significant…

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    April 2, 2014

    Timely Film Rome, Open City is Re-released

    by K. V. Turley

    London just witnessed the release of a newly restored version of Rome, Open City (Roma città aperta). Roberto Rossellini’s Italian Neo-Realist classic emerged from the smashed debris of what was left of the Eternal City as the German armies retreated…

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    March 31, 2014

    Of Honest Labels and Down Syndrome

    by Richard Becker

     “Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb?”—Isaiah Driving home from the hospital after late clinicals recently, I stopped at a 7-Eleven for a snack. I wasn’t particularly hungry, but I wanted something…

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    March 25, 2014

    On the Academic Hostility to Great Literature

    by Anthony Esolen

    In several recent articles at Crisis and elsewhere, I’ve been arguing that Catholic schools should reject the Common Corpse, the newest form of an old and largely successful campaign to banish good and great poems and stories from our classrooms. …

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    March 21, 2014

    Tattooing Meaning

    by Autumn Booth

    The girl in the red blouse has a tattoo. A little one—a rose, I think, high on her hip. It shows when her blouse rides up as she bends over to find a newspaper in the crumpled pile at the…

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    March 20, 2014

    Intelligent Design: Philosophy or Science?

    by Howard Kainz

    Trouble brews for the occasional scientist who decides to publicly question the orthodoxy of neo-Darwinism in peer-reviewed journals. Occasionally there are slip-ups which help to corroborate the general rule. For example, in 2004 Richard Sternberg, evolutionary biologist, and editor of…

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    March 19, 2014

    How Good is the Son of God Movie?

    by Monica Migliorino Miller

    Mel Gibson’s 2004 The Passion of the Christ created controversy among the critics and enjoyed overwhelming audience support. A decade later another feature-length movie about Christ has seen wide studio release, namely this year’s Son of God. The movie stars…

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    March 18, 2014

    How Common Core Literary Standards Undermine Education

    by Michael J. Ortiz

    With the growing acceptance of the Common Core State Standards, a set of benchmarks that seeks to raise the literacy of our elementary and secondary school students, a debate is underway over the wisdom or folly of a federally crafted…

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    March 14, 2014

    To be Serious About Contraception

    by Austin Ruse

    What is a faithful Catholic to do about contraception in a culture awash in them? Are we to make them a political issue, as some kind of prophetic cri du cœur? Should we launch a campaign to overturn Griswold v….

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    March 13, 2014

    What is a Suffering Man Worth?

    by Arland K. Nichols

    How much is man worth? So asked Pope Francis in a recent letter to the Pontifical Academy for Life on the occasion of the estimable academy’s annual meeting and celebration of its 20th anniversary. The Pope posed the question as…

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    March 11, 2014

    Non-Stop Nonsense: Hollywood and Islamic Terrorism

    by William Kilpatrick

    The Sum of All Fears is a 2002 thriller based on the Tom Clancy novel of the same name. In the book, Islamic terrorists detonate a nuclear bomb in Denver at the Super Bowl. In the movie, the terrorists are…

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    March 10, 2014

    The Voice of Fallen (and Redeemed) Humanity

    by Bernadette O'Brien

    For some time now I have been haunted by the image of a vast and shadowed church, in darkness but for the thin grey daylight streaming from clerestory windows. A group of boys stands about with hands in their pockets,…

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    March 7, 2014

    The “Poverty” of Sexual Orientation

    by Deacon Jim Russell

    In the grave new world of “male,” “female,” and fifty other Facebook “gender-identity” categories purportedly describing everything in between, maybe it’s time to ask once more, for context: Just what is sexual orientation? For example, here I am, a man…

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