We agree that human beings are both animals and persons, but it is important that the Christian (and Jewish, and Muslim, and classical) description of the soul not be reduced to a caricature. Indeed, properly understood, the traditional philosophical and theological concept of the soul is indispensable in integrating what the empirical sciences reveal about the world and ourselves with what we know about ourselves as rational and moral beings.
Below is a letter I recently sent on behalf of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists to the president of the American Medical Association concerning whether or not the AMA should change their position opposing physician-assisted suicide.
<!––>Dr. Stephen Sammut, associate professor of Psychology, writes on the truth behind the rising Zika virus and its relation to contraception. There has been a lot said about the Zika virus in the past few weeks, including certain comments from the Vatican. On the basis of the evidence available pertaining to Zika, viruses in general,…
Dr. Stephen Krason, professor of political science and legal studies, writes about the significant happenings during and around the year 1965 and their long-term impact on our culture.
Different writers here and there have talked about 1965, fifty years ago, as a year of transition. It was a year in America when trends came into focus, culture was altered, and life changed—politically, socially, culturally, morally, and in the Catholic Church. Perhaps historian James T. Patterson provided the most detailed elaboration on these developments and their implication for the country in his bluntly titled book from a song of the time, The Eve of Destruction: How 1965 Transformed America.