Mere Links 08.29.14
Friday, August 29, 2014, 10:00 AM

India Christians Still Await Justice Six Years After Radical Hindu Attack
Anto Akkara , Aleteia

But Hindus and Muslim join Christians in solidarity march to mark anniversary.

Dostoevsky’s The Eternal Husband: Adultery, Butchery, and Prophecy
Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine

Pulsing through The Eternal Husband like a pounding heartbeat is an almost unbearable discomfort caused by implicit fear and hatred. Though it is truly almost unbearable, it is worth bearing, even barely, for the sheer vicarious experience of it all.

Thuggery wins, free speech rights lose
Eugene Volokh, Washington Post

Behavior that gets rewarded gets repeated. People who are willing to use violence to suppress speech will learn that such behavior is effective, at least when the police don’t come down particularly hard on the thuggery.

Utah Polygamy Law Partially Struck Down By Federal Judge Following ‘Sister Wives’ Lawsuit
Mark Hanrahan, International Business Times

A federal judge has struck down part of Utah’s anti-polygamy law, following a lawsuit brought by the family featured in the reality TV show “Sister Wives.”



Mere Links 08.28.14
Thursday, August 28, 2014, 10:00 AM

How Natural Family Planning Shaped My View of Sex
Liuan Huska, Christianity Today

A more intensive method of birth control reminded me that it’s God who’s in control.

Modern Bondage: Slavery is Very Much Alive Today
Mark Gordon, Aleteia

From Nigerian schoolgirls to sex trafficking in the US, the total number would fill California.

Classical Education, Freedom, and the Ordered Soul
James V. Schall, S.J., Catholic World Report

Understanding is a spiritual thing, though rooted in really existing things, even ultimately in divine things.

The Wrong Kind of Christian
Tish Harrison Warren, Christianity Today

I thought a winsome faith would win Christians a place at Vanderbilt’s table. I was wrong.



Mere Links 08.27.14
Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 10:00 AM

How Tennessee incentivizes abortions
Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, The Week

We need legislation that protects pregnancy and mothers, not just unborn infants.

Thomas More: Virtuous Statesman
John M. Vella, The Imaginative Conservative

In Thomas More on Statesmanship, Wegemer, who teaches English literature at the University of Dallas, portrays a man who successfully synthesized the Christian humanism of his time with a deep appreciation of the broader legal and political traditions of England.

Hemmed in by Glory
http://preachersinstitute.com/2014/08/24/hemmed-in-by-glory/, Preachers Institute

I wonder how many of us have considered what is implied by the juxtaposition of two biblical verses that are, I concede, juxtaposed but rarely.

Abortion Advocacy Gets Ugly
Susan E. Wills, Aleteia

As the appeal of “choice” wanes, abortion promoters seek new ways to keep abortion legal.



Mere Links 08.26.14
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10:00 AM

Heroic Sisters
Tom Hoopes, Aleteia

Some very gutsy religious who are, by the way, faithful to Church teaching.

Moses, Calvin, and the Puritans Would’ve Listened to NPR If They Were Around Today
Paul Seaton, Library of Law and Liberty

In literary terms, Marilynne Robinson is a national treasure. In political terms, not so much. “When she was good, she was very, very good, but when she was bad she was horrid,” as the nursery rhyme has it. Robinson might not even mind my saying that, by the way. As an essayist she deliberately tries to make countercultural moves, intellectually and spiritually.

What Makes A War Just?
Holly Scheer, The Federalist

With so many evils, persecutions, and abuses in the world, it’s hard to know which provide a moral pretext for declaring war.

Global religious hot spots get their own U.S. envoy
Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service

As the Islamic State tears across Iraq and Syria this summer, sending religious minorities fleeing for their lives, Congress created a new job at the State Department — one the president needs to fill immediately, say those who pushed for the position.



Mere Links 08.25.14
Monday, August 25, 2014, 10:00 AM

Making It A Fair Fight for the Devil
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute

According to Athanasius of Alexandria, man’s repentance from sin would not have been sufficient to restore him to friendship with God. To imagine otherwise is to suppose an inadequate and unbiblical view of sin.

Why It’s Wrong for Christians to Mistreat Creation
Justin Holcomb, Chrisitanity.com

One reason Christians have been particularly weak in dealing with ecological issues and the deterioration of the natural environment is a misunderstanding of what it means to “have dominion” over creation.

Seeking Death: ‘Suicide Tourism’ to Switzerland Doubles
NBC News

More than 600 people traveled to Switzerland to die between 2008 and 2012, and the numbers doubled over those years, researchers reported Tuesday.

New HHS Rules Still Problematic for Religious Liberty
Barrett Duke and Andrew T. Walker, ERLC

When a law is revised eight times, it’s worth asking whether or not it should ever have been enacted in the first place.



Mere Links 08.22.14
Friday, August 22, 2014, 10:00 AM

Christ: The Trojan Horse of Redemption
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute

The same monastic tradition that determined the psalms to be prayed at Thursday Matins also prescribed Psalms 75 and 91 (Hebrew 76 and 92) to be recited at Matins of Friday (Cf. The Rule of Saint Benedict, ch. 13).

The Korean Martyrs and the Power of Lay Witness
Marge Fenelon, Aleteia

The throngs who greeted Pope Francis in Korea are testimony to the power of the laity to spread the Faith.

Supreme Court Puts Gay Marriage on Hold in Virginia
Alan Rappeport, New York Times

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a last-minute order putting a hold on same-sex marriages in Virginia less than a day before officials there were to begin providing marriage licenses to gay couples.

The Moral Divide Between Progressives and Traditionalists
James Kalb, Crisis Magazine

A recent account of moral sentiments, proposed by social psychologist Jonathan Haidt in his book, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (Pantheon, 2012), has attracted attention for its explanation of the difference between progressives and traditionalists.



Mere Links 08.21.14
Thursday, August 21, 2014, 12:01 AM

Who Will Stand Up for the Christians?
Ronald S. Lauder, New York Times

Why is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa?

Four reasons why God forbids adultery
Rey De Armas, ERLC

The prohibition against adultery doesn’t make sense until we understand God’s original design for sexual expression within the confines of marriage. From the beginning, God established a blueprint for the family.

Victoria Beeching And Plato’s Third Form of Atheism
Robert P. George, First Things

The mortal threat to Christianity today—and, I would venture to say, to Judaism and (in the West at least) Islam as well—does not come from Plato’s first and second forms of atheism, but from the third.

Married parents vs cohabiting parents
Nicole M. King, Mercatornet

A new study by the National Center for Health Statistics reveals “a baby frenzy happening among unmarried couples who live together.” According to the report, 58% of all unmarried births now occur to cohabiting couples, compared to 41% in 2002.



Mere Links 08.20.14
Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 12:01 AM

A New Direction for Death
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute

According to the structure of the Canonical Hours in Western monasticism, two specific psalms were traditionally appointed for Thursday Matins: Psalms 87 and 89 (Hebrew 88 and 90) (Cf. The Rule of Saint Benedict, Ch. 13).

Is Ugly the New Beautiful?
Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine

Summer has become a season of strange and stark irony. While it brings forth the beauty of the world, it also brings forth the ugliness of the age.

What Does Social Justice Look Like in an Abortion Culture?
Jeffrey Walton, Juicy Ecumenism

Part of the role of government is to provide for the common defense – a protection of the population from those who would seek to do harm. With this understanding, I propose that protection of the unborn should be a priority of a just government. But what of social justice for the unborn?

The New Nonconformist Conscience
Helen Andrews, First Things

Mozilla’s Brendan Eich, the Miami Dolphins’ Don Jones, HGTV’s Benham brothers: 2014 has been a good year for those seeking to enforce the new moral orthodoxy by depriving others of their livelihood.



Mere Links 08.19.14
Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 10:00 AM

The Best Intercessor in the Bible
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute

Arguably the most notable intercessor in the Hebrew Bible is Moses. Gregory the Dialoguist, in a letter to Augustine of Canterbury (shortly after the arrival of the Roman missionaries to England), wrote at length of this ministry of Moses.

Why Ecumenism is Necessary
Dale M. Coulter, First Things

Recent global events have highlighted the ongoing challenge of ethnic and tribal divisions. Americans have also been reminded by events in Ferguson that divisions along race and ethnic lines are just down the street. These ongoing divisions forcefully highlight the need for greater efforts at ecumenism.

Finding God in Secular Europe
Philip Jenkins, Aleteia

European filmmakers are turning their attention to religion, and producing some great works of art.


Stretching the truth past the breaking point

Tim Wallace, Mercatornet

The barbarism of the Islamic State is real enough, so why fabricate atrocities?



Mere Links 08.18.14
Monday, August 18, 2014, 10:00 AM

Vatican Calls on Muslim Leaders to Condemn Crimes Against Iraq Minorities.
Jesus Colina, Aleteia

Using unprecedented language, the Vatican takes a qualitative leap in relations with Islam.

Is the Navy Removing Bibles from Hotel Rooms?
Leslie Ford, The Daily Signal

A new directive from the Navy has raised concerns about the potential removal of Bibles from Navy lodge rooms and guest quarters, according to Fox News. These lodges are hotels located on naval bases for members of the Navy, usually used when they receive new permanent change of station orders.

6 facts about South Korea’s growing Christian population
Phillip Connor, Pew Research Center

Pope Francis will travel to South Korea this week for Asian Youth Day, making his third international trip as pontiff. He’ll be visiting a country that has experienced considerable religious change in recent decades. Here are six facts about Christianity in South Korea.

Who Is Speaking For The Persecuted Christians In Iraq?
Rob Schwarzwalder, The Federalist

All persecution is evil, whether it is of Uighur Muslims in northwestern China or of Yazidi on a barren hilltop in Kurdistan. Yet the U.S. mainstream media seems to be downplaying, if not ignoring, the intense persecution of Christian Iraqis by the self-proclaimed “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS), the pretentious self-appellation of a group of Islamist murderers.


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