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The word “dignity” is not particularly Christian. It has no special significance in the Scriptures and not much history as a theological concept. Only in the twentieth century did moral theologians begin to use it when addressing issues such as abortion, religious liberty, and economic justice. Neither does the word come to us from the classical philosophers such as Plato…

The interplay between politics and science is certainly not a new phenomenon, but astonishing scientific advances in medicine and technology during the 20th century, and into the first two decades of the 21st, have forced us to reconsider that relationship.  While those advances led to unprecedented wealth and accumulation of material comforts, man’s increased control over nature also meant that…

This article is the first step towards a Voegelinian study of the history of the relationship between millenarianism and technology. In it I concentrate upon “transhumanism,” a coagulation of opinions united by a shared belief that man’s nature is inherently revolting, flawed and imminently about to be transcended with the addition of cybernetic parts, uploading the mind to machines to…

Allergic to Crazy: Quick Thoughts on Politics, Education, and Culture, Rightly Understood. Peter Augustine Lawler. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2014.
 
Peter Lawler’s Allergic to Crazy is an urbane and insightful commentary about American popular culture, politics, religion, education, and technology. The title of the book is itself taken from a song by Nashville songwriter Don Schlitz which is about…