Second Thoughts about Steven Pinker’s Better Angels of Our Nature and the New Morality

Recent cases of horrific, cold-blooded murders lead one to wonder about Steven Pinker’s intriguing hypothesis that human history leads naturally, if not inevitably, to the decline of violence.   From Dylann Roof going to a church service and then pulling out a gun and shooting everyone in sight, to Islamic fundamentalists calmly beheading and incinerating captured

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With Pope Francis’ Encyclical, the Climate Change Deniers Have Become Papal Morality Deniers As Well

Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change, Laudato Sii, presents American conservatives with a serious dilemma.  For several decades, they have been relying on the Catholic Church to support their political position on issues such as birth control, abortion, homosexuality and women’s rights.  Now, the leader of the Church, in the most definitive type of statement

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