The Economy of Children

The Guardian posted an article today citing a scientific discovery that a certain hormone, when its production is reduced or halted, can lead to longer, healthier lives in worms and fruit flies (and, presumably, humans). The downside is that decreased levels of this hormone also has a negative effect on fertility, especially in females. So…

Why Philosophy?

Chances are, you haven’t thought at all about the Principle of Sufficient Reason today. You’ve expected it, relied upon it, or even acted on it, but you didn’t think about it. You probably don’t even have any idea what it is or where it comes from. But it’s so basic, so vitally important, that it…

“There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.” – Archbishop Fulton J Sheen

Turn the Other Cheek

Today’s gospel reading for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time was Matthew 5: 38-48. This is the famous bit about “You’ve heard it said an eye for an eye… But I say turn the other cheek” and so on. This passage is famously misunderstood for a couple of reasons, but I want to highlight two…

Why Religion?

I’m a big fan of the Humans of New York collection of works. If you’re not familiar, HONY is a collection of social media sites ran by a photographer named Brandon who posts funny, insightful, and/or incredibly human insights or quotes from everyday folks in NYC alongside their portraits. It’s quite a poignant look at…