January 26, 2016

The Hindu practice of raja yoga has become popular in Western culture, especially within the New Age movement. Chanting om while sitting in the lotus position is meant to make one consciously aware that all is one (monism) and all is God (pantheism).

That’s right! You read correctly. As a meditative technique, yoga is supposed to lead to knowledge that the tree is god, you are god, and I am god.

I would argue that such a technique is futile. No enlightenment can ever...

January 25, 2016

“How to win friends and influence people” has a flip side: “How to lose friends.” One of the easiest ways is by sticking to one’s convictions—or, at least, by sticking to them while making them known. There can’t be many readers who have never lost a friend or, at least, annoyed someone dear by maintaining a principle and conforming their actions to it.

Your Uncle Filbert abandoned his wife, got a civil divorce, and now is intending...

January 22, 2016

Whenever I talk about or write about the six non-negotiables (I'm adding "religious liberty" to the five non-negotiables we list in our Voter's Guide for Serious Catholics, as our government forces its citizens to act contrary to a well-formed conscience), I always begin with what is the most important moral issue of our time, abortion: The Catechism of the Catholic Church says...

January 18, 2016

Why should we care what the Church Fathers said?

For many Catholics, the question may seem odd, and the answer may seem obvious. But for some Catholics, and I suspect for many Protestants, it’s a fair question.

You see, ever since the dawn of the modern age (not very long ago in the big picture), the Western world has been laboring under the mistaken assumption that simply because we live later in time than ancient people we are naturally more enlightened than they were. Then,...

January 18, 2016

I first started reading Rod Dreher about a dozen years ago, maybe a bit earlier. He was working at the Dallas Morning News, and many of his online stories were about the priestly abuse scandal, which first had captured headlines a few years earlier.

Dreher didn’t do investigative reporting. He wasn’t that kind of journalist. He did analysis, and he was good at it, but there was...