Links roundup 4.9.12

A cool interactive site that lets you get some perspective on the size of the universe.

G.K. Chesteron on booze.

An excellent essay called “Labor, Leisure, and Liberal Education” by Mortimer Adler.

An embarrassing moment for the smuggest man in the world, Richard Dawkins.  He was on a BBC radio program debating religion.  Dawkins suggested that many self-identifying Christians are “not really Christian at all” and that an “astonishing number [of Christians] couldn’t identify the first book of the New Testament.”  Supposing this is true, this purportedly shows that they are not really what they say they are since they don’t know the basics of their beliefs.  But in a fabulous turn-about, Fraser asked Dawkins for the full title of the Origin of Species and Dawkins – “high pope of darwinism” – cannot come up with it.  I guess, by Dawkins own reasoning, that Dawkins is not then a Darwinian atheist.

As this article points out, “the atheist army is led by an embarrassingly feeble general.  The arrogance and intolerance of the atheists, exemplified by Prof Dawkins, is their Achilles’ heel.”

Speaking of Dawkins, here is a video of Dawkins and Peter Singer thinking through the issue of infanticide.  This is the where utilitarianism invariably leads – to sentimentalism.  Now Dawkins finds infanticide to be unobjectionable “strictly morally” but is willing to at least give “consideration” to someone who disagrees.  Honestly, how morally obnoxious of a claim must these “intellectuals” make before people stop taking them seriously?

This piece considers a recent Journal of Medical Ethics article that argues that “post birth abortion” (that is, infanticide) is not only permissible but is sometimes good.

This article talks about how scientism, materialism, and utilitarianism always travel together.

An old professor of mine from college named William Carroll discusses the metaphysical errors of many of our contemporary physicists.  Another piece by Dr. Carroll on Aquinas and the Big Band that is worth a read here.

JC Sanders also offers a nice review of the creation debate here.

Congressman Hank Johnson apparently thinks islands can “tip over” if the weight on the island is not evenly distributed.

A Penn study suggests that we have written off the effectiveness of abstinence only education rather too quickly.

Chesterton and the art of living well in a time of crisis.

Cardinal Dolan’s “Seven givens and seven oughts” of Catholic social teaching.  And here is another informative piece on the two foundational principles of Catholic social thought – solidarity and subsidiarity.

A wonderful Lenten sermon by John Henry Newman.

R.R. Reno on “Relativism’s Moral Mission.”

An astonishing video using the latest imaging from conception to birth.

Why philosophers get bad press.

My mentor in graduate school, Peter Kreeft, shares his conversion story here.

A checklist for heresies.


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About Kleiner

Philosophy instructor at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, Catholic philosophy, and a retrieval of medieval thought.
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