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Last week, another friar and I participated in a panel-discussion on religion and secularism at George Mason University. The event was sponsored and organized by the local chapter of the Secular Student Alliance. The panel consisted of three Christians—two Dominicans and a Protestant—two representatives of the Bahá’í tradition, and two atheist-secularists.
During his presentation, one of the atheists was bold enough (and sincere enough) to... [Read more]
Growing up the third of four boys I have thought long and hard about the story of Cain and Abel.
Beside pondering fraternal conflict and the effects of original sin, the story of the brothers intrigues me with regard to sacrifice. The story is familiar, but consider it here with this in mind.
“Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a tiller of the ground” (Gen 4:2). At harvest time, Cain and Abel each offer from their respective yields, “the... [Read more]
The music stops, and all the children feverishly vie for a seat, aware there is one fewer chair than players in the game.
Brother and sister race through the parking lot to the family minivan, their frenzied cries of “SHOTGUN!” having proven too inconclusive to definitively award the sole front passenger seat to either claimant.
Two coworkers interview for the same promotion, knowing there is only one open seat at the all-important boardroom table.
In... [Read more]