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Amazement
What would life be like without amazement, wonder, and awe?

The managing editor of a Canadian student newspaper recently sent me a rather daunting request: "If you had one message/piece of advice/warning for students, what would it be?" What on earth could be important enough to be that one message? I decided that what we all know...

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Till We Have Faces: How C.S. Lewis Redeemed a Greek Myth

I first read what C.S. Lewis regarded as his greatest work only recently, and it intrigued me so much that I immediately read it all over again so that I could absorb the different layers in the story more completely. Till We Have Faces: A...

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Literature, it is a-Changing

In case you missed it, this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan. Yes, that Bob Dylan. What does it mean for the world of literature when the best it has to offer is not a poet (in the traditional sense) or a novelist or a playwright,...

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The tragedy of not being a saint

Holiness is something that most artists struggle vainly to capture. Dostoyevsky’s novel The Idiot depicts an extraordinarily good man as, well, an idiot: wise and kind, but feckless. In Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh wrestled with the idea of holiness in the dysfunctional Marchmain family. His...

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Will IVF change human history?

Evolution works because of the differential reproduction of individuals with certain features. If an organism has a harmful gene, it will not survive to reproduce and will perish before it produces offspring. To some extent this is true for human beings as well, although we usually...

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Understanding Generation Snowflake: “I Find That Offensive!”

When faced with the mewling and puking of campus Social Justice Warriors about hate speech, tone, safe spaces, micro-aggressions, and trigger warnings, the temptation for those who value free speech, vigorous argument, and the right to dissent is to exclaim like the Pharisees, “I thank...

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Is transhumanism really the world’s most dangerous idea?

In 2004 the editors of the journal Foreign Policy asked several prominent intellectuals to identify the world’s most dangerous idea. Surprisingly political scientist Francis Fukuyama’s choice was transhumanism. He described it as a movement “to liberate the human race from its biological constraints”. Its supporters,...

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Why are humans more important than animals?

In the wake of the untimely and unwelcome death of Harambe the gorilla, there has been much speculation and concern about the broader context of animal rights, and the value of human life versus that of animals. It seems like a good moment in time for...

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How to help the developmentally disabled without hurting them

On a lovely 31-acre campus in Chicago, Misericordia is the home, workplace, therapeutic environment and source of hope for more than 600 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. While the vast majority are adults, some children with profound disabilities receive round-the-clock care in state of...

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Is technology making us dumber or smarter? Yes.

The smartphone in your hand enables you to record a video, edit it and send it around the world. With your phone, you can navigate in cities, buy a car, track your vital signs and accomplish thousands of other tasks. And so? Each of those activities...