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I have a Ph.D. in philosophy from Temple University, a master's degree in philosophy from Baylor University, and a bachelor's degree in philosophy and religious studies from Wingate University. I teach philosophy at several colleges in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania areas.

As readers know, this series, “Thinking Clearly, Choosing Wisely,” was partially—but only partially—provoked by an exchange I had with a friend, a fellow Roman Catholic who has proceeded to put into question, if she hasn’t altogether rejected, some of the […]

In a previous essay, I argued that if there is no God, then there is no objective, or real, value, whether positive or negative: no goodness, no evil, no right or wrong, and no other values either. Now, Christianity is […]

God is Love. A recent conversation with a friend, a fellow Roman Catholic whose quest for Truth is evidently leading her in heterodox directions, as well as an email from an irate reader who took unequivocal exception to this uniquely […]

While on Hugh Hewitt’s nationally syndicated radio show recently, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg admitted that he favored removing Thomas Jefferson’s name from events. Buttigieg was specifically asked about the removal of the names of Andrew Jackson and Thomas Jefferson […]

The mass shooting at a synagogue in California during the last weekend in April served as but another opportunity for the left to advance its latest Big Lie: The Lie of the ever-growing threat of “White Nationalism.” Some thoughts: First, […]

In two previous essays (here and here), I noted that I was inspired (in part) to analyze the topics discussed therein by a discussion with a friend and a fellow practicing Roman Catholic.  My friend had revealed to me that […]

In a recent essay, I relayed that the analysis offered of its subject matter, the logic of the concept of God, was inspired by an exchange that I had with a friend and fellow Roman Catholic.  My friend had mentioned […]

During a recent conversation with a friend, a fellow Roman Catholic who not only attends church regularly, but who often serves in Mass as both a reader and a Eucharistic minister, she revealed, to my surprise, that her quest for […]

Recently, People magazine featured a piece on Professor Irshad Manji.  Manji, according to her Wikipedia entry, is an “author, educator, and advocate of a reformist interpretation of Islam” who currently resides in Canada. Professor Manji is rare among her kind […]

While those in the American media have long lamented the (alleged) post-9/11 rise in “Islamophobia,” they have ratcheted up the hysteria since the election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency. That this template is Fake News is gotten readily […]