Religion

The Morality of Libertarianism

Everyone is libertarian . . . for themselves. The trick is getting people to be libertarian for everyone else as well. No one likes it when people to tell them what to do. Nobody wants a nagging, paternalistic busy-body constantly poking and prodding in their personal or even public life. It’s offensive to one’s sense of sovereignty and basic reason.… Read more →

Agreement in the Time of Zika

2015 was pretty bad for the concept of agreement. Religious differences spurred despicable terrorist attacks; protests across the US resulted in antagonism between racial minorities and police; and caustic political vitriol seemed to be at an all-time high across the globe. As one commentator wrote, “If you ask 100 different people how we should fix this country, you are going to… Read more →

A Libertarian Hippie Catholic’s Take on Laudato Si’

In the latest addition to papal encyclicals, Pope Francis lays out a complex mix of science, politics, and theology that can typically only be found in one of these documents. As the Holy Father writes in Laudato Si’, “The Catholic Church is open to dialogue with philosophical thought; this has enabled her to produce various syntheses between faith and reason.”… Read more →

Cult of the White Lab Coat

For most of human history, society has been subjected to indefensible beliefs—some legitimate, some not—but when the Enlightenment came, many people thought that we as a species were done with superstition, blind faith, and indefensible beliefs. Science will save us from those foolish belief systems! *Plot twist* Much of humanity has crept back into a scary cult in which the… Read more →

The Illogic of the Discrimination Police

Indiana’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act has received an unprecedented amount of criticism recently—from political philosophy heavyweights such as Miley Cyrus and MC Hammer to the omniscient and omnipresent Facebook troll. I’ve been wanting to write about this topic for a while but it has been extremely difficult to wrap my head around people who think it’s okay for the… Read more →

Want to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.? Don’t Talk About Race

The Austin Cathedral held a Memorial Mass for Martin Luther King Jr. yesterday and I couldn’t help but feel a strong sense of unity. People of all races from all over the city, state, and country even joined together to honor one of the most influential personalities and one of the greatest people of modern history as we worshiped and… Read more →