On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
I recently finished Albert Camus’ great novel, The Plague (1948). It vividly brought to mind the condition that our country is in today. The book is set in the early 1940s in the Algerian coastal town of Oran. Life in Oran, the narrator says, is “treeless, glamourless, soulless”; it’s lost all inkling of drama or anticipation—“in other words, completely modern.”
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently proposed relaxing its indecency regulations. The new focus would be on “deliberate and repeated expletives” while overlooking fleeting instances of profanity…and “treating isolated, non-sexual nudity differently from more gratuitous cases.” Do such restrictions have any value?
In my last brief, I introduced Michael Tooley's argument against fetal and infant personhood, based in part upon the argument that the concept of an immaterial soul is unsound. In this essay, I set forth Aquinas’s account of why the rational soul must be immaterial.
In February 2012, the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME) published a scholarly article defending infanticide (“after-birth abortion”). It stirred considerable controversy. The authors, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva (GM), argued as follows: a fetus is not an actual person but a potential person...