Category Archives: Religion

Islamic Refugee Crisis: Good Samaritan or Maccabean Response? Or both

What would Saint Thomas Aquinas say about the Refugee Crisis?

We as Christians are debating among ourselves aboutwhether or not we have a moral duty to receive refugees fleeing Muslim nations.

This article is politically incorrect and says things that might shock you. Please read the entire articleuntil the very last two paragraphs before making a judgment or writingincendiary comments. This might be one of theclearest things you’ve read on the topic, because it draws on virtue ethics ofThomas Aquinas – something generally ignored in our day and age. –Godspeed,Taylor Marshall

AWAKENINGS

Living as a Believer in the Nation We Have Now

 

The following is being delivered at Brigham Young University on March 22, 2016.

I’m here today because I believe the friendship of the LDS and Catholic communities is important. The better we know each other’s stories as religious minorities in this country, the better we can support each other in pursuing some of the vital issues we share. And that serves not just our beliefs and concerns, but the health of our entire nation.

I want to begin by giving you some background on the Catholic experience in this country. I’ll do that through the lens of a particular Catholic bishop—me. I don’t claim to speak for all or even most Americans who describe themselves as Catholic. But my comments do reflect the views of many Catholics who rank their Catholic faith as the most precious thing in their lives—and actually live that way.

So let’s start with a simple fact: Catholics have never entirely “fit” in America. We’ve tried, but the results are mixed. In fact some years ago Stanley Hauerwas, the distinguished Protestant theologian, said that we Catholics not only don’t fit in America, we also know we don’t fit. And because we know, we’re doubly eager to prove that we’re more American than anybody else.

Why Won’t We Call This Islamist Terrorism?

President Obama summed up the jihadist killing in Paris as “an attack not just on Paris.” But rather, he assured us, “This is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share.”

People place flowers and light candles in tribute for the victims of the 13 November Paris attacks at the foot of the statue on Place de la Republique in Paris, France, 14 November 2015. At least 120 people have been killed in a series of attacks in Paris on 13 November, according to French officials. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

But is that assumption true?