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Strategic Anti-Essentialism: The Horrifying Return of Segregationist Ideals

By Andrew Turner https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/03/31/can-a-white-guy-have-dreadlocks-this-puzzling-viral-video-wades-into-the-politics-of-black-hair/ Cultural Appropriation (CA) is nothing new, and it’s found in absolutely every single culture. There are, today, no known cultures that have not had some contact outside of their own social ecosystem—and, of course, the moment one such culture is found, cultural trace contamination is guaranteed as enculturation naturally evolves into […] Read More

How Proving Nothing, Proves the Divine

This is an essay by Andrew Turner, a guest contributor to the Dead Philosophers Society, please read more about Andrew at the end of this article. What is existence? What does it mean to say “I am” or to claim something else “is”—or to say the exact opposite? How does perception, individual and collective, affect […] Read More

Your Bio-Book of Life

Feature Submission authored by Romuald Simeone and Chiara Simeone-DiFrancesco, Ph.D. Each of us daily, yearly unwittingly write our own memoir-ed autobiography on diary pages and stage-of-growth chapters As I gaze out at my audience or visualize those clicking onto my website. My eyes see not just the people present, but a metaphoric crowd of “human […] Read More

Pilate’s Dilemma: Caught in a Struggle of Truths

“So Pilate said to him, ‘Then you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’ Pilate said to him, ‘What is truth?’….Once more Pilate […] Read More

The Mass: Worship, Thanksgiving, Atonement, and Petition

One of the most insightful descriptions of the liturgy which I have read is an excerpt from Von Hildebrand’s Liturgy and Personality: The Healing Power of Formal Prayer. In it, Von Hildebrand explains what the person’s response to the Liturgy ought to be. It is easy to think of all of the benefits that the […] Read More

Divine Revelation for a Pagan Culture

I recently heard a Christian radio host declare that we are experiencing a resurgence of pagan culture. Why would we see such a resurgence? He assured his listeners: “When you kick the Christian God out of culture, you succumb to the errors of human reason!” Man’s reason can lead him to truth, and the Catholic […] Read More

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Refuting the Argument from Scale

Frequently, when I’m having a conversation with someone who is either an unbeliever or just having doubts, they will make an objection to religious belief that goes something like this: “Once you understand how unimaginably large the universe is, it makes you realize how insignificant we are. We humans think we’re so important, but really, […] Read More

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Evangelists Need Apologetics, and Apologists Need Philosophy

As Catholics, we have a necessary commitment to spread the Word of God and make disciples of all the nations, lest we forget the Great Commission. An evangelist, deriving from the Greek (transliterated) eu meaning good and angelia meaning message, is literally someone who spreads the good message of the Gospel. What makes a good […] Read More

Is the Big Bang Collapsing in on Itself?

Much speculation has been made about the origin of our cosmos. The prevailing view however, is that billions of years ago, there was a single point in existence, and this point, containing the sum of the universe,  was infinitely dense. This is called the singularity. The singularity eventually exploded, as the name Big Bang suggests, and all the universe […] Read More