Archive for the ‘Philosophy’ Category

Beckwith on 21st century arguments for life

Frank Beckwith was interviewed by Reformed pro-life activist Jonathon Van Maren in “Pro-Life Arguments for the 21st Century: Dr. Francis J. Beckwith & Jonathon Van Maren.” He talks about the popular and academic arguments that are effective in the 21st century.

A Seamless Garment that Fits

David Paul Deaval writes, “A Seamless Garment that Fits,” for Crisis Magazine. In it Deaval talks about the inadequacies of the various pro-abortion arguments that pro-lifers don’t care about the born. He also asks what would be the “threads” ina genuine seamless garment.  HT Prolife Center at the University of St. Thomas

What biologists affirm

As I was preparing for the upcoming issue of ProVita, I ran across this book on Amazon: Embryos Under the Microscope: Ths Diverging Meanings of Life, by Jane Maienschein. The author claims to be giving a history of the human knowledge of embryology so that ethical decisions can be based on accurate scientific information. What I found […]

Cardinal Burke’s excellent speech to the Rome Life Forum

Here is a link to an excellent speech given by Cardinal Raymond Burke to the Rome Life Forum on May 3, 2014. The speech is largely a reflection on Pope Saint John Paul II’s great encyclical Evangelium Vitae. http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/cardinal-burke-s-address-to-international-pro-life-conference-in-rome-may-3rd Richard M.

Colosi on religion in the public square

UFL member Pete Colosi gave a talk about the importance of specifically religious discourse in public square debates about moral issues, including esp. the life issues. He focuses on the dialogue between Habermas, Pera, and Benedict XVI/Ratzinger. He points out, for instance, that Habermas promotes the idea that religious ideas should have equal footing in […]

Cardinal Ratzinger speech on threats to human life

I just had the occasion to re-read a terrific speech that then-Cardinal Ratzinger gave back in 1991 entitled “The Problem of Threats to Human Life.”http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=187&repos=1&subrepos=&searchid=292732 The speech anticipated Pope John Paul II’s great encyclical Evangelium Vitae.  http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_25031995_evangelium-vitae_en.html Soon after re-reading the speech, I realized that Father John Conley, SJ, gave  a talk at the 2005 University Faculty for […]