12/01/1989

The abortion debate has come to turn on the supposed opposition between those who see abortion as a deed that should be legally prohibited and those who present themselves, not as in favor of the contradictory but rather in favor of the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion. That is, one [...]

The abortion debate has come to turn on the supposed opposition between those who see abortion as a deed that should be legally prohibited and those who present themselves, not as in favor of the contradictory but rather in favor of the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion. That is, one [...]

All theories of constitutional law not based on the original understanding of those who framed and ratified the Constitution contain inherent and fatal flaws. That is true whether the theories are liberal or conservative. All of the revisionist theories advanced to date must be judged to have failed, and it might be sufficient to extrapolate [...]

History's final verdict on Leo Strauss is not yet in and is not likely to be in for quite some time. Meanwhile, one cannot help noticing that since his death in 1973 Strauss's reputation has been growing by leaps and bounds. Barely known beyond a small circle of colleagues, students, and friends when I first [...]

Since the time of Newton, the discoveries of science have been used as a stick with which to beat on religious faith. Newton, Darwin, and others described a mechanistic universe which seemed to have no need of a Creator. The response of theologians was a reminder that science is the study of nature; it can [...]

When I was an undergraduate at Columbia, Sam Brody struck me as one of the most entertaining and interesting men I had ever met. Of course "Brody" wasn't his real name. It was his Communist Party name. He probably had some Slavic name containing far more syllables. At the time I knew him, he was [...]

In a world filled with wickedness, you have entered a state where new responsibilities to yourself, to your wife, and in time, to your children, will lead you into conflict with a dominant philosophy of godlessness. You will raise your family in a pagan society. The change from a Christian to a pagan nation was [...]

A once faithless and often disobedient American Catholic community was transformed by U.S. bishops during the period 1800-1900 into one of the finest Churches any pope ever saw. It is an accomplishment few particular Churches can claim in so short a period, one admired by all modern popes. Not the least of these is John [...]

The great division in America today is not between races, classes or sexes, but between the responsible and the irresponsible—whether our focus is on the marketplace and the workbench, on interpersonal relationships, on reproductive technology, on the political process or the urban underclass. Indeed, the very idea of "responsibility" has come under great pressure over [...]

The Dawn Mass on Christmas contains a reading from the Epistle to Titus: "But when the kindness and generosity of God Our Savior dawned upon the world, then, not for any good deeds of our own, but because He was merciful, He saved us." What is it that comes from generosity and kindness, that is [...]

We have been househunting, and we have been much occupied by all the balancing of pros and cons and competing desires that choosing a house usually provokes. Condition, space, room size, lot size, neighborhood, nearness to work and to school—considerations such as these have been bouncing in and out of our heads as we search [...]

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