June 6, 2020

Our Moral Impulses — And Appreciating Our Neighbors’

Peaceable Kingdom (1846) Hicks Note from CM: Sorry folks, but I see I’ve lost the battle today. I feel like the substitute teacher who has no hope of bringing order to the class. Please, either start responding to the points the post makes, or I will close comments for today. Here’s my summary of what […]

Musings on Moral Theology (4)

Note from CM: This is our final meditation on Jonathan Haidt’s book, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. Soon, we will take a look at Richard Beck’s book, Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality, as a complement to this series. • • • Musings on Moral Theology (4) […]

A Conversation with Jonathan Haidt and Tim Keller

Note from CM: I realize that this is a long presentation, but believe me, it is worth your while. Perhaps you can break it down into segments and watch them throughout the week. I would be happy to receive comments today, Tuesday, or Wednesday on this video. Here is a prime example of civil conversation […]

Musings on Moral Theology (3)

Note from CM: Our Ordinary Time Bible Study in Philippians will be switched to Fridays, to allow three days at the beginning of week to cover other topics. • • • Musings on Moral Theology (3) Moral psychology can help to explain why the Democratic Party has had so much difficulty connecting with voters since […]

Musings in Moral Theology (2)

Musings in Moral Theology (2) The central metaphor of these four chapters is that the mind is divided, like a rider on an elephant, and the rider’s job is to serve the elephant. The rider is our conscious reasoning—the stream of words and images of which we are fully aware. The elephant is the other […]

Musings in Moral Theology (1)

Musings in Moral Theology (1) I chose the title The Righteous Mind to convey the sense that human nature is not just intrinsically moral, it’s also intrinsically moralistic, critical, and judgmental. • Jonathan Haidt The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion • Sacrifice—the purity impulse—marks off a zone of holiness, […]

Damaris Zehner: Yielding Rights

Yielding Rights By Damaris Zehner When discussions occur on Internet Monk defending abortion rights, contraceptive rights, rights to same-sex marriage, rights to divorce, even rights to receive communion in a denomination not one’s own, I tend not to take part.  One reason I refrain has to do with the rules for ethical argument, at least […]

Miguel Ruiz: New light on the oldest profession

Note from CM: After thinking about the way many Christians today devise their moral theology, our friend Miguel offers a “modest proposal” about reconsidering “the oldest profession.” • • • The history of Christianity is a twisted tale of conflict over sexuality and the suppression of those who dissent the party line on bedroom ethics.  […]

Natural Law and Sexual Morality

Any sexual act other than one man and one woman engaging in the type of intercourse inherently capable of procreation is an unnatural sexual act. • Ronald L. Conte Jr. “May the Marriage Bed Be Immaculate” • • • In light of the Irish vote to legalize same-sex marriage, a decision that has its Catholic […]

Damaris Zehner: What Makes It Right?

What Makes It Right? By Damaris Zehner I’ve always had a problem with the concept of “two consenting adults” as the foundation for moral decisions.  Often the phrase is uttered as a means to reconcile a faint moral unease with cultural norms:   “Well, I’m not sure it’s right,” we’ll say, “but I guess if […]