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Under the influence

| Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Every year, I can never help but notice the stark contrast between the Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving break: On Thursday, we gather around the table laughing with loved ones and passing along steaming dishes of homemade foods, going to sleep with our stomachs full and our hearts grateful, read more

The delivery requirement

| Tuesday, November 30, 2021

“For your penance, offer a prayer of gratitude for your Catholic faith.” I was given this task by a priest in the confessional a couple of weeks ago, and after offering that prayer, I kind of fell down a philosophical rabbit hole: what does it mean that the faith read more

Wishful thinking and reality

| Monday, November 22, 2021

The idea that Christianity is simply wish-fulfillment is a common line of attack among skeptics. “It just seems too good to be true,” I could imagine someone saying. “Sure, we all want purpose and meaning in this life and a reason why things happen. But it’s just wishful thinking. read more

Chasing the Yorkie

Chasing the Yorkie

| Monday, November 22, 2021

I’ve been running lately. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that this is a big deal. I’m a recovering ex-runner, after all. Even just the smell of freshly cut grass is enough to put a pit in my stomach — it reminds me too much of high read more

Why don’t we like philosophy?

| Thursday, November 18, 2021

The University of Notre Dame, with its requirements for students to study philosophy and theology, is the exception rather than the rule for top universities. And yet, it is not uncommon to hear philosophy and theology derided as subjects unworthy of study: The argument is often that they are read more