Marc Vander Maas

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Responding to the New Atheists

On the way to the airport in Atlanta last week, I stumbled upon a radio debate between Michael Medved and Christopher Hitchens on the topic of Hitchens’ latest book – namely, whether or not religion poisons everything. Continue Reading...

Global Warming Consensus Alert: Hips Don’t Lie!

Well, I just got back from the Transformers movie (mini-review: it’s completely ridiculous, but it has Peter Cullen as the voice of Optimus Prime and lots of stuff blowing up, so it’s worth at least the matinee price, if you’re into that kind of thing), mowed the lawn (sorry – not carbon-neutral), and now I’ve stumbled upon the broadcast of Live Earth on Bravo. Continue Reading...

More Audio from Acton University

This post will be updated and bumped as more audio becomes available. Newer audio appears at the bottom of the list. Economic Liberty in Catholic Social Teaching: Kishore Jayabalan Competing Visions of Business: Michael Miller Sixteenth-Century Protestant Moral Theologians: Stephen Grabill Catholic Social Teaching: Basic Principles: Stephen HaesslerNOTE: This is a re-post; the audio link from a previous post has been corrected. Continue Reading...

Father Sirico Closes Acton University 2007

Acton University 2007 came to a close this evening with another stirring address by Rev. Robert Sirico which capped a great week in Grand Rapids for all involved. It’s getting late and I can’t hope to top what Father Robert had to say this evening, so I’ll refer all of you to the audio link below. Continue Reading...

Acton University – Day 3 Audio Roundup

Today’s lectures from Acton University 2007 (updated as more audio becomes available): Natural Law and Protestant Public Theology: Dr. Stephen Grabill Enemies of the Inner City: John Nunes Moral Objections to the Free Market: John Schneider Private Property: Moral and Economic Foundations: Michael Miller The Bad News about the Prosperity Gospel: Rev. Continue Reading...

Too Good To Pass Up

Sometimes you come across a story that’s so powerful that it DEMANDS to be posted. This is one such story: “Usually, if a turd gets into the Senate, it’s because he or she was elected,” Emily Heil reports for Roll Call. Continue Reading...

Acton University – Day 2 Audio Roundup

Today’s lectures from Acton University 2007 (updated as more audio becomes available): Protestantism and Natural Law: Dr. Stephen Grabill Theology and History of Globalization: Dr. Samuel Gregg The Catholic Social Encyclical Tradition: Kishore Jayalaban Knowing Good Works: Guidelines for Effective Compassion: Dr. Continue Reading...

Acton University – Day 1 Audio Roundup

A sampling of today’s lectures at Acton University – Bumped – additional lectures added: Market Economics and the Family: Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse Lord Acton’s Histories of Liberty: Father Peter Laird Economic Thought Before the Enlightenment: Michael Miller The New Deal and the Great Society: Moral and Economic Failure: Anthony Bradley Technology, Culture, and the Market: Dr. Continue Reading...

Acton University 2007 – Opening Night

Diet Eman talks with Rev. Robert Sirico at Acton University Acton University 2007 got underway last night with Rev. Robert A. Sirico’s traditional opening address, which was delivered with a major twist – the participation of Diet Eman, who joined Father Robert to describe her experiences as part of the Dutch Resistance to Nazi occupation during World War II. Continue Reading...

Trivial Pursuit

Here’s a map of the US that replaces state names with the names of countries with similar GDPs. Pretty fascinating stuff in that it allows a look at just how huge the US economy really is. Continue Reading...