In USA Today, Stephen Prothero discusses the state of religion and religious liberty after 9/11. While Prothero is thankful that his predictions of a sharp escalation in anti-Islamic hate crimes never came to fruition, he is concerned about the inclusion of marginal religious groups in American life.
Todd May, in The New York Times, offers his opinion on a meaningful life. As you might expect, May rejects a meaningful life predicated on God, arguing that a truly meaningful life is defined by how you feel about it. May sees this as a more inclusive approach to questions of meaning, but fails to appreciate how such paradigms nullify any meaning at all — for if meaning is defined by every individual in the world and how they feel about their lives, then there is no external standard by which to judge meaningfulness. If we followed May’s advice on a meaningful life, we’d live in the most atomized community imaginable, each doing just as he or she saw fit.
Christian Piatt, over at the Huffington Post, asks “What does the bible really say about parenting?”
Fr. Andrew Apostoli provides four reasons why charitable acts of mercy are crucial to the Christian life.