CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - January 15, 2013

NEW RESOURCES    EDITORIALS OF INTEREST    EDUCATION MATTERS

Note from the Managing Editor:

This, from an important book's description of itself on Amazon:

"Until yesterday, no society had seen marriage as anything other than a conjugal partnership: a male-female union.  What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense identifies and defends the reasons for this historic consensus and shows why redefining civil marriage is unnecessary, unreasonable, and contrary to the common good.

"Originally published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, this book's core argument quickly became the year's most widely read essay on the most prominent scholarly network in the social sciences.  Since then, it has been cited and debated by scholars and activists throughout the world as the most formidable defense of the tradition ever written.  Now revamped, expanded, and vastly enhanced, What Is Marriage? stands poised to meet its moment as few books of this generation have."

And that's why you will want to have What Is Marriage? by Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George on your bookshelf and its reasoning in your head.  (You can see a video of the authors discussing their book here.)


Alvin Plantinga is the emeritus John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and a man who takes obvious delight in matching wits with — and dismantling the arguments of — the atheist crowd.

So I was pleased to receive permission late last week to publish to CERC "Why Darwinist Materialism is Wrong" by Alvin Plantinga from The New Republic.  While his article is a little long, I think you'll find it beautifully and cogently reasoned. - J. Fraser Field

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Quote of the Week:

"The Church has vast boundaries to defend, and each generation finds itself called to service upon a different front." - Evelyn Waugh



New Resources:

The great ever-present reality - Father Anselm Moynihan, O.P. - from The Presence of God
Why Darwinist Materialism is Wrong - Alvin Plantinga - The New Republic
God is a sports fan - Father Raymond J. de Souza - National Post
The Key That Fits the Lock, Part Twelve - Anthony Esolen - The Catholic Thing
Jesus of Nazareth Completed - Father James V. Schall, S.J. - Catholic World Report
A Man for This Season, and All Seasons - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. - Public Discourse
The Marriage Debate I: confusions about 'equality' and 'discrimination' - George Weigel - The Catholic Difference
Submitting to the narcissistic impulse - Barbara Kay - National Post
AntiChrist and the cult of self-esteem - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor
2013: Baptism of the Lord - Father John Horgan - CERC

Editorials of Interest:

An Exclusive Look at a new Word on Fire Project! - The Anchoress
French protest at Eiffel Tower against plan to legalise gay marriage and adoption - Reuters
France's Surprising Resistance to Gay Marriage - On the Square
Chief Rabbi of Rome: "Duty to Oppose" Gay Marriage Push - First Thoughts
Gay marriage could signal return to 'centuries of persecution' - Telegraph
God is alive and well in America, says Gallup boss - Salt Lake Tribune
Poll Finds More than 8 in 10 Americans Favor Significant Abortion Restrictions - Knights of Columbus
Whispers of Faith in a Postmodern World - Wall Street Journal
Bad demographic news gets secular attention, at last - OSV
Philippines: 9 million in procession in honor of Black Nazarene - AFP
Restoration of Raphael frescoes completed at Vatican museums - Ansa
What to Expect in Obama's Second Term - The Catholic Thing
There's More to Life Than Being Happy - The Atlantic
Science must be seen to bridge the political divide - Nature
Cardinal Dolan's Letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo - Patheos
I've lived through the greatest revolution in sexual mores in our history. The damage it's done appalls me - Daily Mail
Humanists slice and dice the world's sacred texts - RNS
British Airways discriminated against Christian staffer by asking her to remove crucifix, court rules - Holy Post
Why 'Time' Magazine 'Pro-Life' Cover Might Be No Big Deal - NCRegister
Monks in California Breathe Life Into a Monastery From Spain - New York Times
100,000,000 persecuted Christians - Reuters

Education Matters:

New CUA Business School Rooted in Catholic Teaching - Campus Notes
Incivility, Persuasion, and Higher Education - Minding the Campus
The climbing cost of college - Family Edge
'Virtual' Public Schools Draw Interest of Religious Families - Sojourners
The goal of chastity - Ignitum Today
Grammar Lesson of the Day: The Indefinite You - First Thoughts
Grammar Lesson of the Day: The Phrasal Possessive - First Thoughts
Reform Agenda Gains Strength - Education Next
Virtue and the Lake Wobegon Effect - Acton PowerBlog
Pop Goes the Culture - Weekly Standard
Canadian law professor calls for legal changes to bring about 'queering' of Catholic schools - CWN


NEW RESOURCES:

The great ever-present reality - Father Anselm Moynihan, O.P. - from The Presence of God

"Lo!  You were Somebody all of a sudden."

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Why Darwinist Materialism is Wrong - Alvin Plantinga - The New Republic

According to a semi-established consensus among the intellectual elite in the West, there is no such person as God or any other supernatural being.†

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God is a sports fan
- Father Raymond J. de Souza - National Post

God made man who plays and watches sports.† God is watching too, and sees that it is good.

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The Key That Fits the Lock, Part Twelve
- Anthony Esolen - The Catholic Thing

"I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed." (Gen. 22:17-18)

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Jesus of Nazareth Completed
- Father James V. Schall, S.J. - Catholic World Report

Benedict XVI's unique trilogy about Jesus Christ has, in a sense, bypassed the whole world of academia by going right through it.

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A Man for This Season, and All Seasons
- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. - Public Discourse

Why does Thomas More still matter? Why does he matter right now?

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The Marriage Debate I: confusions about 'equality' and 'discrimination'
- George Weigel - The Catholic Difference

America can't arrive at a serious answer to this question — Should government redefine marriage to include same-sex partnerships? — by appealing to equality.

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Submitting to the narcissistic impulse - Barbara Kay - National Post

I laughed out loud when I read my colleague George Jonas' Saturday column.

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AntiChrist and the cult of self-esteem - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor

While St. John the Evangelist was still alive, there was already a Gnostic heresy that separated the human Jesus from the divine Christ.

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2013: Baptism of the Lord - mp3 - Father John Horgan - CERC

John's Baptism and the Baptism of the Lord.

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EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
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An Exclusive Look at a new Word on Fire Project! - The Anchoress

The New Evangelization continues the story of Fr. Barron's award-winning series, exploring the Church's mission and the challenges of contemporary culture.

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French protest at Eiffel Tower against plan to legalise gay marriage and adoption - Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of French marched yesterday against gay marriage, gay adoption, and the provision of artificial insemination to lesbian couples — all measures bing pursued by the Socialist government of France.

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France's Surprising Resistance to Gay Marriage - On the Square

Napoleon, who was a brilliant strategist, often told subordinates that they should treat the pope as if he had 200,000 men at arms.

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Chief Rabbi of Rome: "Duty to Oppose" Gay Marriage Push - First Thoughts

Moked, a leading portal for Italian Jews, praises recent statements by Benedict XVI and Paris' chief rabbi, Gilles Bernheim, in defense of the traditional understanding of marriage.

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Gay marriage could signal return to 'centuries of persecution' - Telegraph

More than 1,000 priests have signed a letter saying same-sex marriage could harken back to the "centuries of persecution" of Roman Catholics.

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God is alive and well in America, says Gallup boss - Salt Lake Tribune

An interview with a Gallup pollster who says stories about the rise of "nones" in America are misleading only 6 percent of Americans are atheists.

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Poll Finds More than 8 in 10 Americans Favor Significant Abortion Restrictions - Knights of Columbus

Four decades after the Supreme Court's controversial decision in Roe v. Wade legalized abortion throughout the United States, a new KofC-Marist Poll shows that more than 8 in 10 Americans (83 percent) favor significant restrictions.

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Whispers of Faith in a Postmodern World - Wall Street Journal

The myth of secularism triumphant in the arts is just that — a myth.

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Bad demographic news gets secular attention, at last - OSV

It took a while, during which the rot spread. But now, in their own way, secular sources have begun to make points very much like those made by Paul VI and a few others.

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Philippines: 9 million in procession in honor of Black Nazarene - AFP

A crowd estimated at nine million has taken part in the annual procession in Manila honor of the Black Nazarene, a statue of Christ carrying the cross.

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Restoration of Raphael frescoes completed at Vatican museums - Ansa

Restoration work has been completed on a famous series of frescoes by Raphael in the Vatican Museums.

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What to Expect in Obama's Second Term - The Catholic Thing

The next four years will not be good ones for practicing Catholics or, for that matter, anyone who subscribes to Judeo-Christian beliefs.

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There's More to Life Than Being Happy - The Atlantic

The life of Viktor Frankl, author of Man's Search of Meaning, shows that there is more to the good life than the pursuit of simple happiness.

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Science must be seen to bridge the political divide - Nature

Scientists in the United States are often perceived as a Democratic interest group. For science's sake this has to change, argues Daniel Sarewitz.

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Cardinal Dolan's Letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo - Patheos

He sent it under the letterhead of the New York State Catholic Conference.

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I've lived through the greatest revolution in sexual mores in our history. The damage it's done appalls me - Daily Mail

From being schoolboys who read Lady Chatterley under the sheets, to teenagers and young men who had the Rolling Stones reverberating in our ears, we had no intention of being stuffy like our parents.

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Humanists slice and dice the world's sacred texts - RNS

The American Humanist Association has produced a new version of the "Jefferson Bible" &mdash and distributed it to all members of Congress.

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British Airways discriminated against Christian staffer by asking her to remove crucifix, court rules - Holy Post

Religious freedom is a right but not an absolute one, Europe's top court said Tuesday, ruling that British Airways discriminated against a devoutly Christian employee by making her remove her crucifix, but backing a U.K. charity that fired a marriage counsellor who refused to give sex therapy to gay couples.

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Why 'Time' Magazine 'Pro-Life' Cover Might Be No Big Deal - NCRegister

For the conspiratorial mind, it might seem odd that Time magazine ran a cover story on how abortion advocates have been losing ever since their Roe v. Wade victory, legalizing abortion 40 years ago.

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Monks in California Breathe Life Into a Monastery From Spain - New York Times

The rebirth of a medieval Cistercian monastery building here on a patch of rural Northern California land was, of course, improbable.

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100,000,000 persecuted Christians - Reuters

About 100 million Christians are persecuted around the world, with conditions worsening for them most rapidly in Syria and Ethiopia, according to an annual report by a group supporting oppressed Christians worldwide.

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EDUCATION MATTERS:

New CUA Business School Rooted in Catholic Teaching - Campus Notes

The Catholic University of America announced today the creation of a new School of Business and Economics based on Catholic social doctrine and the natural law.

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Incivility, Persuasion, and Higher Education - Minding the Campus

Today's Wall Street Journal has an excellent article by Father John I. Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, entitled "Persuasion as the Cure for Incivility."

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The climbing cost of college - Family Edge

A visual representation of how expensive it is today.

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'Virtual' Public Schools Draw Interest of Religious Families - source

Worried about exposure to foul language, immodest dress, peer pressure, and other inappropriate behavior, Susan Brown didnít want her two daughters attending public schools — even though sheís a substitute teacher in a public school in Minnesota.

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The goal of chastity - Ignitum Today

People donít understand chastity and find it hard to practice. Of course it is, and Jesus himself told us the gait to eternal life is a narrow one.

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Grammar Lesson of the Day: The Indefinite You -First Thoughts

You’d never believe how much time I spend with my college freshmen, unteaching them what they’ve been taught in high school.

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Grammar Lesson of the Day: The Phrasal Possessive - First Thoughts

We in English have an odd and useful tool: a possessive that can be appended to an entire phrase, rather than to just one word.

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Reform Agenda Gains Strength - Education Next

In the following essays, we identify some of the key findings from the sixth annual Education Next-PEPG Survey.

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Virtue and the Lake Wobegon Effect - Acton PowerBlog

During the mid-1990s I spent a tour of duty as a Marine recruiter in southwestern Washington State. One of my primary tasks was to give talks at local high schools, but because many of the guidance counselors were not exactly pro-military, I was expected to give generic "motivational" speeches.

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Pop Goes the Culture - Weekly Standard

One man's quest to preserve and defend the good, the true, and the beautiful.

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Canadian law professor calls for legal changes to bring about 'queering' of Catholic schools - CWN

In "Queering Schools, GSAs and the Law: Taking on God" — an excerpt from the book The Gay Agenda: Claiming Space, Identity & Justice — a law professor at the University of Manitoba calls for changes in "state-issued law and policy approaches" to ensure that Canadian schools, including Catholic schools, become "queered."

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