A cheap hotel is transitive, shoddy, and alienating: impermanent, undervalued, and unfriendly. Despite providing the “comforts of home,” it could not be less homelike.Read more
The Christian baker thinks it is wrong to take part of a homosexual wedding. This belief comes from his Christian faith. It is part of his Christian ethics. So, to decide whether he should have the right to abstain from a homosexual wedding is to pass judgement on Christian ethics.
“If through necessity or fear of a worse evil, the workman accepts harder conditions because an employer or contractor will give him no better, he is the victim of force and injustice. “
Beauty is a property of being; indeed it is being’s self-gift to other beings, the capacity of existent realities to give themselves in abundance to be known and loved as existing.
The poor must be not only validated as created in the image of God but individualized as each carrying their own unique talents, and, conversely, needs.
Real radicalism is the one where we won a war against ourselves, the one where we take control over ourselves and we root out evil and low passions out of our hearts. To be maturely gentle takes more maturity than to be rough. To show respect to the one I disagree with is more difficult than to belittle him.
We speak of a love that is open to the other, precisely because they are made in the imago dei. That love comes with it an extraordinary risk that can never be hedged: those whom we love might never love us back.
If tolerance remains mere enduring of the other, soon it will transform into latent accumulation of hatred in society. We stopped killing each other with guns, but we hate and kill each other with words.
This angelism has been a recurring intellectual error of Western civilization, and since Descartes has most often served as the more or less “official” post-Enlightenment understanding of man.
On this Independence Day, Christians should consider which political vision is more in tune with the moral teachings of Christ. I think especially of the Good Samaritan, whose sense of kinship extended beyond his own religious community to all humanity, even his natural enemies.