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A Promise to Love? The Possibility of the Catholic Wedding Vows

One of the fun things about being Catholic is that some of our prayers are a bit scary when one stops to ponder them. I’m not talking about prayers that only a few of us actually get around to praying, such as … Continue reading

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The Philosophical Anthropology of Pixar’s Inside Out

Everyone seems rather excited about the new Pixar movie Inside Out, and rightly so. Unlike some of Pixar’s recent efforts since being acquired by Disney, Inside Out is a film that charts new ground; it is not a sequel. Moreover, … Continue reading

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What Heaven Will Be Like (If You Make It)

One of my favorite exchanges in the 1991 film Black Robe concerns the nature of the Roman Catholic understanding of heaven. Early in the film, the Jesuit missionary (i.e. the “black robe”) chides one of the Frenchmen for speaking respectfully of … Continue reading

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The Goodness of Human Life, Part II: Reflections on the Suicide of Brittany Maynard

In Part I of this post I wrote about a philosophical error we ought to avoid when thinking about the value of human life: namely, the idea that human life is the highest good possible. Here, in Part II, I … Continue reading

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The Goodness of Human Life, Part I: Reflections on Brittany Maynard’s Suicide

Sorry not to have posted anything in such a long time–I had to make a hard final push to finish up my dissertation. But since I have now officially survived graduate school, I hope to be around a bit more from here on … Continue reading

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The Lego Movie, with a little (okay, a lot of) G.K. Chesterton

In my finest tradition of after-the-fact, nearly irrelevant movie reviews, I would like to present: SOME THOUGHTS ON THE LEGO MOVIE I was prepared to dislike it. I had somehow run across a comment or two online about the movie’s being … Continue reading

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Better than the book? A review of Ender’s Game, UPDATED

Because this not my dissertation, allow me to inflict upon you a needless biographical aside: I was ready–so very, very ready–to be annoyed by the recent film interpretation of Ender’s Game. First of all, it stars (albeit in a supporting … Continue reading

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