We have inherited the Enlightenment dichotomy of the head and the heart, which brings with it a skepticism about any means of persuasion other than pure logic. Aristotle, however, had a fuller understanding of human nature. He taught that to be effective in speaking the truth, a speaker must appeal to both the head and the heart—and having good character is critical.
Aye carumba! Bart Simpson is perhaps the most recognizable cultural icon since Mickey Mouse. But beyond its astonishing popularity and brilliant humor, The Simpsons may reflect a very serious reality: a generation’s loss of faith. A closer look at the long-running show’s treatment of religion reveals much about the Baby Boomers’ spiritual heritage.
"Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers another," G.K. Chesterton quipped. Today the news media are in the midst of a profound crisis, yet they remain hugely influential in shaping a free and just society. As citizens and as Catholics, we must do more than simply point out the problem. Here’s how.
Do unbaptized babies go to heaven? A recent document by a panel of theologians causes a stir, as media outlets report—erroneously—that the Church has dismissed Limbo from its official teachings. In fact, the "Hope of Salvation" document merely reinforces the Catholic tradition that although we do not know for certain the fate of unbaptized infants, we always have reason to hope in God’s mercy.
"Do as you wish; for we are Christians, and we do not sacrifice to idols."
~ Six companions of Justin Martyr, martyrs all; speaking to the Prefect Rusticus after he threatened them with "torture without mercy" unless they sacrificed to the Roman "gods;" from the trial transcript by Tatian (A.D. 165).