September 17th, 2014

“So one of my colleagues is a single woman,” I said over lunch to my friend, “in her sixties I think.  She was telling us that she didn’t contribute to the population problem and shouldn’t have to support those that did.  By taxes, I’d suppose, or maybe by accommodations businesses make for families.” “Shortsighted,” he […]


August 13th, 2010

I never wondered much about God’s existence.  This wasn’t a virtue, particularly; I didn’t know how.  I could do a thought experiment:  what would it be like if I didn’t believe in God?  But it was just an experiment — like imagining if 2+2 were 5. Later, I got the rational foundations of the faith, […]

A few weeks ago I had a discussion at church that surprised me. They:  “Those golden things the Pope has, the great works of art in the Vatican . . . they could be sold, and the money given to the poor.” Me (and others):  “Um…that’s what Judas said, about pouring perfume on Jesus’s head.” […]