On Blasphemy, Free Speech and Religion

Lately, we've been hearing a lot about this trade-off between freedom of speech and freedom of religion like there is some kind of balance to be struck. I'd would like to make that case that this trade-off is completely false and that there is absolutely no balance to be struck. Freedom of speech never infringes …

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The Athletes of God

Before the conversion of Constantine, martyrs and confessors (those who professed their Christian faith to Roman officials in the expectation of martyrdom) were Christianity’s heroes and spiritual elite. Martyrdom and openly professing one’s faith before Roman officials were supremely meritorious actions. They were the equivalent of a second baptism, fully atoning for a person’s past …

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God and Country – The Real Story of Religion in Early America

In light of the recent controversy surrounding an Islamic center planned for a site near New York City’s Ground Zero memorial this past August, President Obama declared: “This is America. And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable.  The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country and that they will …

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More Money than God?

During the global financial crisis that peaked in 2008, Pope Benedict XVI said that “that the pursuit of money and success is pointless” and that those who seek "success, career or money are building on sand" [1]. These are remarkable words coming from one of the wealthiest institution on Earth: The Catholic Church! Let’s look …

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