Day: July 20, 2015

A moral case for eating meat?

A moral case for eating meat?

Comparing meat-eating to Christian virtue ethics, Grist’s food writer, Nathanael Johnson, tries to find arguments in favor of meat-eating as a moral choice. Johnson notes that, as yet, there is no book which makes an opposing case to Peter Singer’s “Animal Liberation”, but starting with a 2012 essay contest moderated by Ariel Kaminer in the New York Times, explores a […]

Vatican’s resident climate change denier criticizes the Pope’s encyclical

Vatican’s resident climate change denier criticizes the Pope’s encyclical

At home in Australia Cardinal George Pell had crafted for himself the image of a climate change denier. Working now in the Vatican Bank, he had held his tongue since the release of the Pope’s encyclical on climate change, Laudato Si (Praise Be to You). That changed last Friday when the Cardinal was interviewed by the Financial Times.

Religious historian The Rev Owen Chadwick has died, 99 years of age

Religious historian The Rev Owen Chadwick has died, 99 years of age

The Rev Owen Chadwick, priest, professor, and prolific author of religious history works, is remembered in an in-depth obituary published by the Guardian. In addition to his many scholarly achievements, Chadwick was a leading figure in the Church of England, leading it through a difficult transition period as a member of the Chadwick Commission. From […]

In America, black lives don’t matter; only black deaths says civil rights activist and minister

In America, black lives don’t matter; only black deaths says civil rights activist and minister

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, is a civil rights leader and minister in North Carolina. Following the killings in Charleston, and the removal of the Confederate Flag, he has published a meditation on the need for prophetic pastoral counseling to address racism in America. Barber notes that as a nation we seem incapable of doing […]

The metaphysics of condiments

The metaphysics of condiments

From the pseudonym of “Gutbloom” comes this humorous attempt to rank condiments according to their divinity; inspired by the “neo-platonic metaphysic” of St. Augustine, the author explains what, precisely, makes mustard the holiest of holies, and mayonnaise suitable only for the Princes of Hell. Poking fun at modern “listicles” and other web rankings, the author explains […]