Category: Pro-Life

The (Economic?) Case for Babies

I’m in the market for babies and, based on the research, it’s prime time to be having them.  Happily married, financially stable, and with a happiness quotient that should make the rich and famous envious, my wife and I are...

/ June 28, 2010

Ambiguously Human

Oliver O’Donovan’s Begotten or Made is 86 pages that will change your life. Readers of Mere-O know my ongoing fascination with O’Donovan, whom I regard as the best living theologian in the English-speaking world.  After slowly digesting his trilogy on...

/ April 18, 2010

A Moment of Sympathy for Mr. Stupak

Ross Douthat at the NY Times had a moment of sympathy for Bart Stupak today, and it’s a (typically) generous and insightful response to uproar surrounding Bart Stupak: Here was a politician who embodies what a half-century ago would have...

/ March 24, 2010

Weekend Action: Health Care in the House

Outside of a few pieces on the underlying philosophical issues at stake in the health care debate, I have stayed relatively quiet about my position on it. But with a landmark vote coming in the House of Representatives this weekend, I...

/ March 18, 2010

Conservatism and American Exceptionalism

I am occasionally asked by folks how to help young evangelicals understand and sympathize with conservative political ideology. Here’s a hint: Don’t steal religious language to make the case for American exceptionalism, as Rich Lowry and Ramesh Ponnuru unfortunately do....

/ February 25, 2010

The Subtle Promotion of Death

To mark the occasion—for some a highly anticipated (and caloric) event, and for some, more forgettable—why not bring Christian reflection to the Super Bowl? The Internet, blogosphere, and news networks are abuzz with the current Tim Tebow Abortion Commercial Controversy—coming...

/ February 1, 2010

The Pauline Principle and Stupak’s Consistency: Critiquing Matt Yglesias

First, read the NY Times piece on Bart Stupak if you don’t know already who he is and why he’s (currently) famous. The article highlights two sides of his resistance to the current health care bill: his Catholic faith and...

/ January 8, 2010

The Uneasy Union: Social Conservatives’ Place in the Republican Party

Last Thursday, Maggie Gallagher pronounced that the trouble with social conservatives is that they “have had bad models for political action” and that they “lack institutions that can defeat our enemies and directly assist our friends.” Gallagher’s analysis is interesting...

/ May 26, 2009

George Bush’s Ethical Modesty

A few months ago, I claimed that modesty is an essential virtue for bioethicists, but was unsure what shape such modesty might take: What does modesty look like in bioethics?  I’m not sure, but the weight of such decisions demands...

/ December 29, 2007

Still Not Satisfactory: Responding to the Stem Cell News

The big news today was the breakthrough in stem cell research. The short story is that a third way has been found between adult stem cells and the embroyotic stem cells, the use of which is at best morally questionable. ...

/ November 20, 2007