Book Recommendation: Knowing the Natural Law by Steven Jensen

Knowing the Natural Law: From Precepts and Inclinations to Deriving Oughts by Steven J. Jensen is an excellent book on how an understanding of human nature leads to knowledge of the human good. The book focuses on how we can know the natural law. It does not apply the natural law to specific moral questions …

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Review: Christianity Is Not Great: Chapter 21

I asked Jonathan MS Pearce to look over my reviews of the first five chapters of Christianity is not Great so I thought I would return the favor and review his chapter in the book. Chapter 21 is entitled: "Tu Quoque, Atheism?" -- Our Right to Judge. He asks: "Do we nontheists have an epistemic …

Book Recommendation: The Ethics of Abortion by Christopher Kaczor

The Ethics of Abortion: Women's Rights, Human Life, and the Question of Justice by Christopher Kaczor presents a thorough pro-life argument. He starts by consecutively arguing against the pro-choice beliefs that personhood begins after birth, that personhood begins at birth, and that personhood begins some time during the development of the fetus. He reaches the …

Always Care, Never Kill

Always Care, Never Kill: How Physician-Assisted Suicide Endangers the Weak, Corrupts Medicine, Compromises the Family, and Violates Human Dignity and Equality by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Allowing physician-assisted suicide would be a grave mistake for four reasons. First, it would endanger the weak and vulnerable. Second, it would corrupt the practice of medicine and the …

A Review of The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values

In this review of Sam Harris' recently published book,  The Moral Landscape:  How Science Can Determine Human Values (quotations are from the Kindle edition), I want to focus on the meta-ethical theory he argues for.  I will not address his claims regarding science, philosophy, or religion unless I think it seriously impacts his meta-ethical theory.  …

Is Yahweh a Moral Monster? The New Atheists and Old Testament Ethics

Is Yahweh a Moral Monster? The New Atheists and Old Testament Ethics by Paul Copan is an interesting read.  You can find it in both HTML and PDF formats.  The abstract reads: The new atheists (Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Hitchens) level arguments against Old Testament morality as primitive and barbaric, presumably undercutting belief in the biblical …

A Critique of the USCCB Statement on Embryonic Stem Cell Research

By a vote of 191-1 U.S. Catholic bishops passed a statement (PDF) addressing embryonic stem cell research. The bishops believe that "[d]irect attacks on innocent human life are always gravely wrong" (p. 2) and therefore oppose embryonic stem cell research. They then comment briefly on three arguments in favor of embryonic stem cell research. The …