In his seminal work, Nichomachean Ethics, the philosopher Aristotle begins his meditation on the subject of morality and the ultimate end of human life with an observation that certain first principles of ethics are self-evident to a person who has been raised up in a virtuous manner. A good man simply "knows" certain things to be good and others evil. A person raised up in vice, however, has a distorted sense of the good. He is incapable of reasoning towards ethical ends because his moral foundation is corrupted.
Ken Connor, author of "Sinful Silence," is chairman of the Center for a Just Society
April 12, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT
March 20, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT
For people of faith in America, the Obama administration's birth control mandate represents an unprecedented assault on religious conscience. It seems that the President and his surrogates have little appreciation for the role that faith plays in the lives of many Americans, and even less respect for the Constitution's protection of religious liberty.
March 12, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT
Writing for the Wall Street Journal, American Enterprise Institute President Arthur C. Brooks recently suggested that the G.O.P. is way off base in their assumptions about the moral arguments that resonate most with the American people. Their focus on the economic advantages of capitalism and "values-voter" issues like abortion and gay marriage miss the mark, Brooks suggests.
March 6, 2013, 5:33 PM EST
This past week, health care journalist Charles Ornstein wrote a compelling piece for the Washington Post detailing his personal experience with heart-wrenching end-of-life medical decisions.
February 19, 2013, 4:50 PM EST
When you hear the name Southern Poverty Law Center, it immediately evokes images of Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Freedom Rides... all iconic symbols of the civil rights movement. And rightly so, for these are the events that inspired its founding.
February 12, 2013, 3:05 PM EST
The recent spate of mass shootings has prompted President Obama and his allies in Congress to pursue new gun control laws with special urgency. Mr. Obama is correct in sensing that the American people are ready for serious action on this issue, but he is mistaken in thinking that they are in agreement with him regarding the best way to address gun violence in America.
February 5, 2013, 4:48 PM EST
So says bioethicist Daniel Callahan of the Hastings Center, responding to the recent controversy over provisions in Obamacare that penalize smokers.
January 22, 2013, 9:21 PM EST
In the wake of the brutal, senseless tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the gun control debate is once again aflame in Washington, D.C. Advocates of strict gun control laws are taking advantage of the visceral, emotional nature of the event to push their agenda, while the NRA and their adherents have been put on the defensive.
January 8, 2013, 11:19 AM EST
It's that time of year again, time for fresh starts, optimism for the future, and New Year's resolutions. Unfortunately, there's nothing fresh, optimistic, or resolute coming out of our nation's capital these days.
January 3, 2013, 3:26 PM EST
This week, blogger Wesley J. Smith directed his readers' attention to an article on Salon.com written by Lillian B. Rubin. Eighty-eight years old and in failing health, Rubin speculates about our society's fear of death, the taboo surrounding elder suicide, and her own struggles with "ambivalence" about taking her own life.
December 27, 2012, 4:19 PM EST
Every year the week before Christmas, St. Peter's Church in Purcellville, VA hosts a "Blue Christmas" service. The aim is to offer a message of hope and comfort to those who might not be feeling so holly jolly during the holidays.
December 18, 2012, 12:32 PM EST
Americans' affirmation of the "right to choose" is a feature of our national identity. No matter where you go or what you're doing, chances are you are confronted with a plethora of choices.
November 21, 2012, 10:09 AM EST
Thanksgiving is traditionally a time where the people of the United States turn their eyes toward heaven and give thanks for the many blessings which have been bestowed on us by Almighty God.
November 6, 2012, 1:04 PM EST
These revelations, if true, are disturbing to say the least and raise yet more questions about exactly what the Obama administration knew about the threat to our consulate in Benghazi and why they failed to act in time to prevent this tragedy.
October 16, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT
Unless you've been living under the rock for the past month or so, you've probably noticed that campaign season has kicked into overdrive. One of the critical voting blocks being targeted by Democrats are women.
September 18, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT
As rioting and violence once again erupt across the Muslim world in response to a perceived insult against their Prophet, the usual apologists are taking to the airwaves assuring the public that despite appearances to the contrary, Islam is a religion of peace. No scholar of Islam myself, I can only take these individuals at their word.
September 18, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT
I can't help feeling a bit skeptical about Islam's supposedly "peaceful" nature.
September 11, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT
According to the breathless reviews of MSNBC correspondents and the like, the Democratic National Convention was a smashing success. With celebrity cameos, notable speeches by Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, and Joe Biden, and a grand finale oration chock-full of the "hope and change" rhetoric that won Obama the White House in 2008, it was by all accounts a great week for Democrats.
September 4, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT
"When weak on the facts, pound the law. When weak on the law, pound the facts. When weak on the facts and the law, pound the table."
August 14, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT
Harry Reid paints his toenails red and wears a girdle.