Prudence and Moral Absolutes

R. J. SnellSep 4, 2014

Refusing to make exceptions to absolute moral norms is not unrealistic, imprudent, or inhumane. The purpose of norms is to promote human flourishing and protect what is good.

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Exploring Personhood (Review)

Steve McGuireJul 23, 2014

A review of The Human Voyage of Self-Discovery: Essays in Honour of Brendan Purcell. Eds. Brendan Leahy and David Walsh. Dublin: Veritas Publications, 2013, 326 pages.

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The Problem with Bill Gates

R. J. SnellJul 21, 2014

With almost $40 billion in assets, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation possesses incredible influence, and is unafraid to use it. As one staffer put it, the foundation’s greatest strength is “setting agendas, framing debates, advocating the foundation’s point of view and taking action … an unchecked way of getting things done,” although some might find this worrying given the propensity of free peoples to hold checks and balances rather dearly.

Of late, the foundation has devoted enormous resources to school reform, even though some teachers and parents remain skeptical of Gates’ experimental schools and of the Common Core, to which many retain a visceral antipathy.

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The Perspective of Love: Natural Law in a New Mode

R. J. SnellApr 21, 2014

While many of the Reformers considered natural law unproblematic, many Protestants consider natural law a ''Catholic thing,'' and not persuasive. Natural law, it is thought, competes with the Gospel, overlooks the centrality of Christ, posits a domain of pure nature, and overlooks the noetic effects of sin. This ''Protestant Prejudice,'' however strong, overlooks developments in contemporary natural law quite capable and willing to incorporate the usual objections into natural law.

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Reason, Revelation, and the Civic Order

Edited by Paul R. DeHart and Carson HollowayMar 14, 2014

Editors DeHart and Holloway have developed a one-of-a-kind volume with contributions by the Agora Institute's own R. J. Snell, Nicolas Wolterstorff and many others.

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What Parents Mean by "Think for Yourself"

Jeffrey DillFeb 5, 2014

As Alexis de Tocqueville traveled through the young United States, he observed remarkable differences in parents’ relationships to their children compared to the families in his home country of France. 

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Eric Voegelin and the Continental Tradition: Explorations in Modern Political Thought

Lee Trepanier (Editor) and Steve McGuire (Editor)Feb 14, 2011

Twentieth-century political philosopher Eric Voegelin is best known as a severe critic of modernity. Much of his work argues that modernity is a Gnostic revolt against the fundamental structure of reality. For Voegelin, “Gnosticism” is the belief that human beings can transform the nature of reality through secret knowledge and social action, and he considered it the crux of the crisis of modernity.

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