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May 17, 2013
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

The year was 1897. A young Carmelite nun lay dying of tuberculosis. It was a custom in many religious communities of the time for consecrated religious to circulate a brief biography of deceased members as a remembrance and to encourage prayer for the repose of the dead. While she lay on her deathbed, Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus could hear two of her sisters...

May 1, 2013

Many years ago, when I was in the process of becoming Catholic, I read Catholicism and Fundamentalism by Catholic Answers president and founder, Karl Keating. It was in that book that I first came across a popular quote by Bishop Fulton Sheen that is often repeated today by Catholics discussing the phenomenon of anti-Catholic bigotry:

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April 26, 2013

"What if God was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home"

These lyrics came to mind earlier this week as I learned about a new ad campaign that was recently launched by my home Diocese of Brooklyn. The ad depicts an image of the bottom half of a person (presumably Jesus) clad in a robe and wearing a pair of scuffed Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers. The ad simply reads: THE ORIGINAL...

March 27, 2013
A God Delusion T-shirt

My colleague Matt Fradd recently showed me the results of a new study that reveals something very interesting about atheists. The study took place in Finland and will be published in the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion under the title “Atheists Become Emotionally Aroused When Daring God to Do Terrible Things.”

Researchers connected both religious...

March 2, 2013

I recently received a jury summons in the mail. As a citizen of the United States, serving on a jury is a civic duty. U.S. Code Title 28, Part V, Chapter 121 § 1861 states that all citizens have “an obligation to serve as jurors when summoned for that purpose”.

Commonly, the role of a juror is to decide whether or not a defendant’s conduct has been acceptable under the law. In other words, a juror must judge a defendant’s behavior. Every citizen has the obligation to do this. While...