What About Behavioral and Spiritual Arguments Against Vaccines?

09/04/2014 Comments (90)

As we can see from Tuesday's post and the response to it, it's not necessarily clear what we mean when we say "science" or "medicine." So let's put science and medicine aside entirely for a moment, and let's focus on two arguments against vaccines that I keep hearing -- arguments which don't appeal to science at all, but which are spiritual and behavioral.

The first argument against vaccines is spiritual, and goes like this: vaccines are an affront against God, because they imply that the bodies He created, including their immune systems, are flawed and are in need of artificial alteration or improvement. 

Again: we're not discussing, today, whether vaccines are medically effective. That...READ MORE

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Science, Catholics, and Fear

09/02/2014 Comments (130)

It is a disgraceful and a dangerous thing for an unbeliever to hear a Christian, presumably explaining science, nutrition, and medicine, talking nonsense on these topics. Many non-Christians are well-versed in Natural knowledge, so they can detect vast ignorance in such a Christian and laugh it to scorn. The danger is obvious-- the failure to conform interpretation to demonstrated knowledge opens the interpreter, and by extension, Christianity as a whole, to ridicule for being unlearned.   

All right, so St. Augustine didn't say "science, nutrition, and medicine," he said "the meaning of scripture."  But other than that, he's describing a good 40% of my Facebook wall.

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What Did the Pope Mean by "Sins Against Unity"?

08/28/2014 Comments (45)

Yesterday, the Pope spoke about the need for unity among Christians. According to CNA, he said,

In a Christian community division is one of the most serious sins, because it does not allow God to act.  What God wants is that we be welcoming, that we forgive and love each other so as to become more and more like Him, who is communion and love.

This quote is being used like a giant, wet fish to fraternally correct people right in the face. Smack! Unity! The Pope says so! Whack!

Let's put that fishie down for a minute, and let's think about what kind of things the Pope was actually talking about, when he admonished us to avoid division.  He clearly didn't mean "Don't disagree with anyone"...READ MORE

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Catholics With a Past

08/26/2014 Comments (27)

"The man who has not suffered, what can he possibly know, anyway?" says Rabbi Abraham Herschel. He may be onto something. When we look for insight and understanding, we go to someone who has been wronged, and who has come out stronger and wiser: survivors of wars, genocide, concentration camps; people who have overcome massive disabilities; people who have been abused and outcast, and who have responded with love, gentleness, generosity, and wisdom.

But what about the man who caused his own suffering? The man who has been selfish, foolish, ugly, cruel, and who has suffered because of his own willful sins?  What can he possibly know, anyway?

This past weekend, I was honored to deliver the...READ MORE

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Ten Things I Learned the Hard Way about Sending Kids to School

08/21/2014 Comments (25)

As I've mentioned a million times, we have tried nearly every form of schooling that is out there. We make changes when they are necessary, and we try to learn from the adjustments we've had to make. The biggest change was going from home school to the classroom. Here are ten things we learned the hard way.

(Please note: this post is intended to help parents who have some trepidation about starting their kids out in school. All of the "lessons" in it come directly from my own family's experience, and are not intended to mock, belittle, or stereotype anyone. If you insist on assuming that my motives are foul, just remember what they say: "assume" makes an "e" out of you and your, um, ass....READ MORE

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The Culture of Blechh

08/19/2014 Comments (60)

The other day, I announced my pregnancy on my Patheos blog. Having used up all my creativity in making the actual baby, I didn't order custom-printed baby announcement M&M's to sprinkle around the house and then video my kids' reaction when they discovered them. I just put a picture of my belly sticking out and wrote, "Hooray!"

Because I am lucky, I got dozens of happy congratulations, some from people I know, some from people I've never met or heard of. Then, inevitably, a surprsingly slow 48 hours later, a commenter left the first poo in the punchbowl, saying:

"Here's to every woman's right to exercise her sexual and reproductive functions in the ways she and not someone else, chooses....READ MORE

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Lessons from the ER

08/14/2014 Comments (20)

My mother says she used to pride herself on how safe and healthy she kept her children while we were growing up. All the other mothers were constantly in the emergency room, getting their kids' broken legs set, their noses stitched back together, their concussions evaluated. But her kids had a clean record! 

Then she realized that her kids, on a typical day, saw about as much action as the rosary on Jack Chick's nightstand.  It's pretty hard to break anything when you spend your leisure time lying on your ear reading Archie comics and eating cold noodles out of a sandwich bag.

My kids have managed to break both molds: they are both shamefully sedentary, and monstrously accident prone. We...READ MORE

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What Does the Church Teach about Suicide?

08/12/2014 Comments (36)

What does the Church teach about suicide?  From the Catechism

2280 Everyone is responsible for his life before God who has given it to him. It is God who remains the sovereign Master of life. We are obliged to accept life gratefully and preserve it for his honor and the salvation of our souls. We are stewards, not owners, of the life God has entrusted to us. It is not ours to dispose of.

2281 Suicide contradicts the natural inclination of the human being to preserve and perpetuate his life. It is gravely contrary to the just love of self. It likewise offends love of neighbor because it unjustly breaks the ties of solidarity with family, nation, and other human societies to which we...READ MORE

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Simcha Fisher, author of The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning writes for several publications and blogs at I Have to Sit Down. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and nine children. Without supernatural aid, she would hardly be a human being.